Christmas in Cruces


Free Shuttle

It's the most wonderful time of the year with Christmas in Cruces! Bring your family and join us on December 7, for a whole day of holiday fun.


Welcome Santa as he makes his way from the North Pole to Las Cruces in a BNFS locomotive. Come and take your picture, enjoy toy train displays, crafts and holiday treats for the whole family.

Where: Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St.

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

FREE admission

Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving to the Railroad Museum in a locomotive


Enjoy City departments' arts and crafts booths. For the first time, the event features a Vendor Village that will be located at the Placita and opens at 5 pm. The 40-foot Christmas Tree will be lit at 7 pm. There will be giveaways, food trucks, photos with Santa, and live music by "Unlyshed", starting at 6 pm.

Where: Plaza de Las Cruces,100 N. Main St.

Vendor Village: 5 pm - 8 pm/ Tree will be lit at 7 pm.

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

FREE admission


Finish the festivities at the Rio Grande Theatre with the special screening of "Elf". Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. 

Where: Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St.

Time: Doors open at 7 pm, movie starts at 8 pm

Tickets: $5, you can buy them at the door or online clicking here

The adult Buddy in a classroom with all the Santa's elfs. Everyone is tiny and he looks like a gi


Avoid parking mayhem, a free shuttle provided by RoadRUNNER Transit will have a route from stops at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., the Third Judicial District Court, 201 W. Picacho Ave., Water St., Las Cruces St., and the Railroad Museum.

Buses will run every 20 minutes from 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

A map of the downtown area with the buses stops
Santa and Mrs. Claus with a kid laughing