Festival Of Lights

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The theme for the parade will be A Cowboy Christmas.

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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 $2! And Active Military and children under 12 Free

Nov. 14
Chef Robert Irvine at Inn of the Mountain Gods

‘Tis the Season for Feasting with Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine!

Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Day

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

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
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. 6
ENMU-Ruidoso Community Choir Winter Concert
ENMU-Ruidoso Community Choir presents their Winter Concert at First Christian Church, 3 pm. Tickets are $5/person.

Dec. 13
The Ten Tenors – “Home for the Holidays”
Spencer Theater, 7 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. 19
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.

Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve Party at Inn of the Mountain Gods
Ring in the New Year with great music, delicious food and an unforgettable evening at Inn of the Mountain Gods, December 31 at 7 pm. $125 per person.


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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.