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ARTESIA — Artesia residents know when the holiday season gets underway in the community.

Elisabeth Jackson, executive director of Artesia MainStreet, could be considered the keeper of holiday activities that occur in the downtown area.

The fun starts Saturday at 5 p.m. with Trick or Treat Mainstreet.

She said this will mark the third year of it. “It started as a concept from several merchants who wanted to get together for a Halloween event,” she said.

Jackson said there was “great feedback and a bunch (of the businesses) were downtown.”

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She said Second to Seventh will be closed along Main Street and there will be a block party on Fourth with nonprofit groups, businesses and live music.

In addition to the downtown activities some other folks are participating. The Artesia Museum and Art Center will be hosting their Dia De Los Muertos event at 1 p.m.

The Artesia Public Library is hosting some Halloween crafts and activities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is hosting Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jackson said if people wear a costume for the night show, they will get in free.

Jackson said Artesia will honor veterans on Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. with a Veterans Day ceremony at Baish Veterans Park located near Artesia City Hall.

Jackson said her group would be partnering with the Artesia Public Schools.

“Third-graders of Artesia will be singing patriotic songs and the high school band will be performing,” she said.

Jackson said Artesia MainStreet is still accepting applications for the Wall of Honor through March 20.

“New names will be added by Veterans Day, 2018,” she said.

More information can be found at www.artesiamainstreet.com.

The final event according to Jackson is Light Up Artesia and it will usher in the Christmas season on Nov. 30.

“The Parade of Lights leaves Bulldog Bowl at 6 p.m. and Santa will be in the parade,” she said.

“Downtown merchants will stay open late for your holiday shopping,” she added.

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