Festival Of Lights

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The theme for the parade will be “A Winter Wonderland”.

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Nov. 8, 9, 10
Christmas Jubilee
Shop ’til you drop and bring the kids for a visit with Santa.
Convention Center. Fri. Noon-6, Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-4
Admission only $1! And Active Military and children under 12 Free

Nov. 28
Ski Apache Opening Day (tentative)
Enjoy one of the best ski areas in New Mexico. Please check our website details and pricing.

Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day
Ruidoso Winter Park Tubing

The Annual Opening for Ruidoso’s “Premier Snow Play Area”!  Open from 10 am – 5 pm. You will be whisked to the top of the hill on moving conveyors.  There’s no need to walk uphill, which means MORE tubing and MORE FUN.  As Bert the Conqueror of the Travel Channel says: “This is the Holy Grail of Snow Tubing”

Grindstone Stables Opening Day!
Join us for a horse-drawn sleigh ride through historic Upper Canyon! With jingle bells ringing and the horses breath fogging in the air, everyone is sure to enjoy the crisp winter evenings while riding through the oldest part of Ruidoso. Check the website for nights the Sleigh Rides will be offered!


Dec. 5
Christmas in the Park at Schoolhouse Park

Join the Village of Ruidoso in their annual lighting of the Yule Log. Free. Santa and cookies will be there, of course. 6 pm.

Dec. 7
Parade of Lights
Beautifully lit and fantastically festive, the Festival of Lights–Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 pm from the corner of Sudderth/Mechem, through Midtown, down to the Chamber of Commerce. The Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Toys for Tots. We are encouraging everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Parade of Lights. During the parade Toys for Tots will have a float and will be collecting toys. Marines will be walking along the float picking up the toys that are brought to the parade. This year lets all help make sure every child has a Christmas by bringing a toy to the parade to donate.

Dec. 13
Three Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-tac-yule-ar at Spencer Theater
The “3 Redneck Tenors Spec-tac-yule-ar” stars the singin’ cousins, Billy Joe, Billy Bob, and Billy Billee (real life Broadway and Opera stars) — the same gut-busting trailer park trio to last adorn the Spencer stage in their “Great Adventure”.

Dec. 14
Cowboy Christmas Ball
Come and have dinner and dance the night away with The Yarborough Band at the Ruidoso Convention Center from 8-11 p.m. Sponsored by The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased from any Posse member or at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Dinner 7 p.m. 575-354-0196

Dec. 21-22
Ruidoso Dance Ensemble’s “The Nutcracker”
7 pm. Tickets are $28. Ruidoso Dance Ensemble’s original adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic, featuring outstanding student and guest dancers, is always a delightful trip into a magical world of dancing nutcrackers, soldiers, sugar plum fairies, candy canes,mice and little girls and boys! 1-888-818-7872 www.spencertheater.com
Dec. 21
Ski Apache Torch Light Parade
A native drum will begin playing at 5 p.m., and the Parade is at 6. Veteran skiers and their lighted torches will ski down the mountain. Assorted snacks and refreshments will be available. Free admission! Spectators are encouraged to be there by 5:45.


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Special Event Lodging
Many of our fine lodgers still have availability for the holidays.

Festival Of Lights

Date: Mid-November thru January
What: Individual events throughout the Ruidoso area celebrating the winter season.
• Christmas Jubilee, Nov. 8-10, 2013
• Festival of Lights Parade, Dec. 7, 2013

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Winners in the two float divisions have the honor of displaying the Traveling Trophies for one year. This year’s winners were The Raiders & Raiderettes for the Small Float category and City Bank for the Large Float category.