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Ruidoso

Nov. 22

Winter Park opens

The Winter Park is open. Riders can take advantage of their three state-of-the-art Magic Carpet Lifts before enjoying a thrilling tube ride down the hill. Their tubing area has more lift capacity than any tubing facility in the Rockies. They have one of the largest snowmaking systems dedicated to tubing, which means they are open even when there is no snow on the ground elsewhere in the area. For more information, visit ruidosowinterpark.com.

Artesia, Dexter, Carlsbad, Hagerman, Roswell and Lovington

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Until Dec. 8

Ride for Bikes

The public charity, Ride for Bikes announced that this year it will be awarding 600 bikes to the children of southeastern New Mexico. That is the most bikes they have done to date. Over the past 12 years, Ride for Bikes has awarded bikes to children in the area. Organizations who have received bikes are: CASA, Grammy’s House, Heart’s Desire, Headstart, Lovington and Artesia public schools and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. More than 4,000 bikes. They are asking for help to meet this objective. This target is set so that no child is left out. Any dollar amount or donated bike does make a difference and is greatly appreciated. Volunteers can participate in putting the bikes together on Dec. 8. For more information and locations, visit rideforbikes.com or email info@rideforbikes.com.

Carlsbad

Nov. 23

Calico Xmas

The 36th Calico Xmas Art and Craft Fair takes place at the Pecos River Village conference Center, 711 Muscatel Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 575-885-332 or 575-885-5700.

Carlsbad

Nov. 23 to Dec. 23

Christmas on the Pecos

An evening boat ride on the Pecos River with illuminated backyards and islands of twinkling lights. The holiday spirit shines through as wise men and angels sparkle in a fairyland of lights. Decorated by local homeowners. Boat dock at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Ave. For more information, visit christmasonthepecos.com.

Carlsbad

Nov. 24

Night of Lights

This year’s Night of Lights, a Carlsbad Christmas Story, takes place at the Halagueno Arts Park, 101 S. Halagueno St., at 5 p.m. It includes music, Santa, chalk art contest, food vendors, dancing, grand illumination of the park, Christmas decorating, a coatdrive and the Carlsbad MainStreet Electric Light Parade follows at 7 p.m. downtown.

Cloudcroft

Nov. 24 and 25

Christmas Market

The Christmas Market takes place in the Cloudcroft High School commons area, 10 Swallow Pl. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be unique handcrafted gifts at the Christmas Market. For more information, visit its Facebook event page or coolcloudcroft.com/cloudcroft-christmas-market.

Artesia

Nov. 29

Light Up Artesia

The holiday season kicks off in Downtown Artesia with its Parade of Lights and Santa Claus on MainStreet at 6 p.m. The theme this year is Winter Wonderland. For more information, visit Artesia MainStreet’s Facebook event page or call 575-746-1117.

Ruidoso

Nov. 29

Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park takes place at the School House Park. The Ruidoso Parks and Recreation department puts up the Christmas lights. there will be carolers, music, sleigh rides and Santa Claus. for more information, visit ruidosoparksandrec.com or call 575-257-5030.

Carlsbad

Dec. 1

Winter Wine Festival

The annual Winter Wine Festival takes place at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Ave. from noon to 6 p.m. No one under the age of 21 is admitted. For more information, visit carlsbadwinterwine.com or email staci@lascruceseventplanning.com.

Carlsbad

Dec. 1

Holiday Bells Concert

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park hosts its annual Holiday Bells Concert at 11 a.m. in its Visitor Center, 1504 Miehls Drive N. This musical program features holiday music played on hand bells by the Touch of Joy Ringers. There is no fee for this special program. Donations of various items for Desert Willow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center are accepted. Wish list items include: scrub brushes, spray nozzles, water hoses, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, wood shavings, towels, blankets, duct tape, zip ties, non-flavored Pedialyte, wheat germ, whey powder, Gerber mixed baby cereal, and KMR powder. There is also an Enrichment Tree and visitors can choose an ornament and donate money for that selected enrichment item to the animals here. For more information, call 575-887-5516.

Cloudcroft

Dec. 1

Tree lighting

The annual Christmas tree lighting and visit by Santa takes place on Burro Ave., in front of the bakery, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be hot cocoa and cookies and entertainment by the Cloudcroft Band and Choir. For more information, call 575-682-2733 or visit coolcloudcroft.com.

Hobbs

Dec. 1

Tree lighting ceremony

The city of Hobbs hosts its first tree lighting ceremony, which takes place on Shipp Street Plaza. Events kick off at 5 p.m. with a toy drive, pictures with Santa, free hot cocoa and cookies for the first 100 attendees, vendors, food trucks, dance performers and carolers. The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. For more information, call 575-391-4178.

Lovington

Dec. 1

Santa Fun Run & Walk

The Lea County Museum hosts its Santa Fun Run & Walk at the Chaparral Park, 1005 Commercial St., at 8 a.m., registration takes place from 7 to 7:45 a.m.

Ruidoso

Dec. 1

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Festival of Lights Parade and After Party

This year’s Festival of Lights Parade has the theme “It’s A Wonderful Life” and takes place throughout midtown, beginning at Mechem and Sudderth Drives and continuing to the Chamber of Commerce. The Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Toys for Tots. They 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. Immediately following the parade, the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a party in Wingfield Park. There will be Food and Drinks. The movie It’s a Wonderful Life will be playing on the outdoor big screen. Free to attend. Santa will be there. For more information, call 575-257-7395.

Hobbs

Dec. 2

Christmas Concert

The New Mexico Junior College Community Band presents “A Traditional Christmas Concert,” directed by Gael Patman Morrow. The concert is free of charge and takes place at NMJC in its Watson Hall, 5317 N Lovington Hwy., from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, email sfine@nmjc.edu.

Lovington

Dec. 3

Christmas Electric Light Parade

the 31st annual Christmas Electric Light Parade takes place at 7 p.m. on Main Street. For more information, call 575-396-5311 or visit lovingtonchamber.org.