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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Olde Fashioned Christmas
New York Avenue invites the public to step back in time to experience its Olde Fashioned Christmas event from 4 to 9 p.m. There will be choirs, dancers, hot cocoa and cider and food as well as Santa’s village, a horse-drawn trolley, the second annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, Little Miss and Mister Christmas pageant. For more information, email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
The Humane Society of Lincoln County celebrates its third annual Santa Paws event at Tall Pines Beer and Wine Garden, 2213 Sudderth Drive., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public can bring their furry canine friends (on leashes) to meet and take photos with Santa Claus. Donations are welcome. For more information, visit its Facebook event page, hslcnm.org or call 575-257-9841.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Dec. 3 and 4
The auditions are for a special reunion performance of “Harvey” at the Artesia Community Theatre. Roles are limited. Auditions will be at First Christian Church of Artesia, 1006 W. Bullock Ave., at 6:30 p.m. on both days. Performances will be in February. For more information, visit its Facebook page.
Dec. 3 to 8
Holiday Open House
Hurd La Rinconada Gallery and Guest Homes have their open house to celebrate the holiday season. There will be refreshments and prize drawings as well as daily art specials. Tour the Sentinel Ranch Guest Homes decorated for Christmas each day at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Free and open to the public each day. For more information, visit wyethartists.com or call 575-937-6814.
The Family Holiday Shindig takes place at the Artesia Public Library, 205 W. Quay Ave., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event includes sing-along, stories and pictures with Santa, crafts, games, hot chocolate and cookies. For more information, call 575-746-4252.
Christmas Tree Lighting
The second annual Christmas Tree Lighting takes place in Washington Park, 100 Washington Ave. between 6 and 8 p.m. There will be food, games, contests and music. For more information, call 575-439-4279.
Parade of Lights
The Alamogordo Chamber is inviting the public to join its Parade of Lights. This year’s theme is, Songs of the Season. The parade route is from Oregon Avenue, commencing West on 10th Street, right and heading South on New York Avenue, ending at Eighth Street. The parade begins at 5 p.m. For more information, call 575-437-6120.
Mariachi Tenampa concert
The band Mariachi Tenampa have their Feliz Navidad concert with holiday favorites. They perform at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.