Festival Of Lights

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Nov. 13, 14 and 15
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. 26
Ski Apache Opening Day (tentative)
Enjoy one of the best ski areas in New Mexico. Please check our website details and pricing.

Nov. 26 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. 3
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. 5
The Four Preps Christmas Show at Spencer Theater
The songs of the hit pop-harmony ensemble The Four Preps stir up a memory or two with hits like, “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)”, “Big Man”, “Down By The Station” and “Dreamy Eyes” – memories as dreamy and warm as an old-time Christmas morn.

Classical Guitarist Hector Garcia at St. Joseph’s Apache Mission Church
Cuban born, classical master guitarist Hector Garcia headlines the opening evening. 6 pm.

Dec. 5
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.

Festival of Lights Fund-Raiser for Mountain Entertainment Group for the Arts at Sacred Grounds
Dr. Lisa Cheryl Thomas scheduled to perform following the parade.

Dec. 7
Dr. Lisa Cheryl Thomas Piano Recital at Mescalero School Auditorium
Dr. Thomas will perform Indianist and Classical Native pieces by several composers. 3 pm

Dec. 9
Ruidoso High School Band’s Christmas Concert
Ruidoso High School Auditorium at 6:30 pm

Dec. 11
Flying J Wrangles Christmas Show at Spencer Theater
The Flying J Wranglers’ holiday show features melodious western yodeling, vocals, fiddle and guitars in a program of traditional favorites and new and classic western/cowboy Christmas songs, instrumentals and homespun comedy.

Ruidoso High School Choir Christmas Concert
Ruidoso High School Auditorium at 6:30 pm

Dec. 13
Sean Chen – 2013 Van Cliburn Bronze Medalist Performance at Ruidoso High School Auditorium
See the amazing 2013 Van Cliburn Third Prize winner, Sean Chen, the first American to reach the finals since 1997. 3 pm

Dec. 19-20
Ruidoso Dance Ensemble’s “The Nutcracker”
7 pm. Tickets are $30. 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. 20
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. 13-15, 2015
• Festival of Lights Parade, Dec. 5, 2015

City Bank Large Float Festival Of Lights


Grace OMalleys small float Festival Of Lights


Santa Festival Of Lights


US forest service Festival Of Lights


Christmas train Festival Of Lights


Grand Marshal Mayor Battin Festival Of Lights
Our Grand Marshal for the 2014 Festival of Lights Parade was Mayor Tom Battin.