El Paso WinterFest

WinterFest is one of City of El Paso’s most beloved signature events that takes place in downtown. The seasonal festival starts the weekend before Thanksgiving through the first Sunday in January.

Holiday lights at San Jacinto Plaza, Santa
El Paso's WinterFest The Rink

WinterFest History

Started in 2015, the Coolest Fest in the Southwest welcomes the holiday season with a ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree and all of San Jacinto Plaza in conjunction with an electrifying light parade and a festive concert.


Throughout the season, San Jacinto Plaza is covered with more than 400,000 mini-lights, oversized decorations, and a 55-ft holiday tree. The season includes winter-themed attractions and family-friendly programs in and around downtown with a featured outdoor ice-skating rink, holiday trees and displays, plus visitors can take a stroll along the bedecked Paseo de las Luces to see festive holiday decor.

El Paso's WinterFest Lights Parade at San Jacinto Plaza
El Paso's WinterFest Holiday Market

WinterFest Tradition

WinterFest has become a tradition in our community, and the City of El Paso along with various partners strive to make the season bigger and better for El Pasoans and visitors to enjoy.

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