Festival Of Lights

The theme for the parade will be Hometown Holidays.

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Nov. 10, 11 and 12
Christmas Jubilee
Shop ’til you drop and bring the kids for a visit with Santa.
Ruidoso Convention Center.Fri. Noon-6, Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-4
Admission only $2! And Active Military and children under 12 Free

Nov. 17
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage at the Spencer Theater
A faithful stage adaptation of the Charles M. Schulz classic featuring all our favorite Peanuts characters, their struggle to find the true meaning of Christmas, and classic Vince Gueraldi score. The cast performs a concert of carols as a closing gift to Spencer patrons. For more information: www.spencertheater.com

Nov. 23 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!

Nov. 25
After Turkey – Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk at the Links Walking Path

Bring one or more cans of food to support the Lincoln County Food Bank as your registration. Call Ruidoso Parks and Recreation at 575-257-5030 for more information.

Ramon Ayala at Inn of the Mountain Gods
Mexican musician, composer and songwriter of Norteno and Conjunto music. Known as the “King of the Accordion,” Ramon will be at the Inn of the Mountain Gods and you don’t want to miss it! For more infomation, visit www.innofthemountaingods.com.


Dec. 1
Gary Allan at Inn of the Mountain Gods
With the heart and voice of a true Nashville country superstar, singer-songwriter Gary Allan will perform for one night only at the Inn of the Mountain Gods. For more information, visit www.innofthemountaingods.com.

Dec. 2
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 Parade After Party
Immediately following the Parade, join us at the MCM Elegante Lodge and Resort for a Parade After Party! There will be Food, Drinks, Music and Door Prizes! Free to attend! Santa will be there! Come take a picture with Santa Claus!

Dec. 7
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. 8 & 9
The Nutcracker featuring Ruidoso’s Dali’ Ballet Company at Spencer Theater
This original adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic is true eye candy with outstanding dancers, lavish sets, special effects and gorgeous costumes. Performance proceeds benefit the nonprofit Dali’ Ballet Company. For more information, visit www.spencertheater.com.

Dec. 15
Ski Apache Opening Day

Dec. 21
Flying J Wranglers Christmas at Spencer Theater

Western yodeling, vocals, fiddle, peddle steel and guitars in a program of traditional favorites and new and classic western/cowboy Christmas songs, instrumentals and homespun comedy performed by a local quintet of outstanding musicians. For more information, visit www.spencertheater.com.


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Festival Of Lights

Date: Mid-November thru January
What: Individual events throughout the Ruidoso area celebrating the winter season.
• Christmas Jubilee, Nov. 10-12, 2017
• Festival of Lights Parade, Dec. 2, 2017
• Parade After Party at the MCM Elegante, Dec. 2, 2017