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WinterFest is celebrated throughout El Paso!
Follow the WinterFest and stay up-to-date on all events and activities.

Free Adoptions, Microchips, & Pet Vaccines During WinterFest

EL PASO, Texas – Embracing the spirit of the season, El Paso Animal Services is thrilled to take part in a series of WinterFest pet events for the community.

The carefully curated program features a variety of heartwarming activities for residents and their cherished pets during the following dates and locations:

FREE Dog Adoptions
San Jacinto Plaza, 111 W Mills Ave.
From 6 to 11 p.m. every Friday-Sunday during WinterFest

Learn More
El Paso Animal Services Free Adoptions

Sunny Santa Paws at THE RINK

Sunny Santa Paws at THE RINK

Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza

Thursday, November 30, 2023 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 28, 2023 from 5 to 8 p.m.


El Paso Libraries

WinterFest Reading Challenge
November 18 - December 29

The El Paso Public Libraries is challenging everyone to curl with a good book this winter by joining the WinterFest Reading Challenge.People who complete the challenge will be eligible to win weekly prizes and a grand prize for a VIP Penguin Encounter courtesy of the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Learn More
WinterFest Reading Challenge

El Paso International Airport

El Paso International Airport

6701 Convair Rd.

Holiday Performances
December 4-22 | Enjoy free performances at the El Paso International Airport this holiday season!

Holiday Social
Thursday, December 7 | 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Ysleta Middle Orchestra
Friday, December 8 | 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Eastlake High Orchestra
Monday, December 11 | 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Bill Sybert Choir
Thursday, December 14 | 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Montwood Middle Choir
Thursday, December 14 | 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Del Valle Middle Orchestra
Friday, December 15 | 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Airport Event's Continued...

Hanks Middle Orchestra
Monday, December 18 | 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Ysleta High Orchestra
Tuesday, December 19 | 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Hanks High Orchestra
Tuesday, December 19 | 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Ysleta Middle Jazz Band
Wednesday, December 20 | 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

El Paso Opera (Airport Lobby)
Wednesday, December 20 | 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Coldwell Elementry Marimba Group & Choir
Thursday, December 21 | 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

El Paso International Airport

El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso Museum of Art

1 Arts Festival Plaza

Leo Villareal
Saturday, December 2 | 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Family Day Activity Inspired by Borderland Artist Leo Villareal

Art Openings
Friday, December 15 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Open Exhibitions:

  • Border Biennial 2024 at the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery
  • Beaten with a Hammer by Bettina Landgrebe at the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery
  • Project Al río / To the River by Zoe Leonard at the Robert Hillary Hoy III Gallery

Day of Tolerance
Saturday, December 16 | 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Family Day Activity - Learn how to make Holiday candles

Saturday, December 16 | 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Artist Market – Local artists will be selling printed art and jewelry among other items


El Paso Museum of History

510 N Santa Fe St.

Kid’s Table: Let’s Make Atole!
Saturday, December 2 | 1:00 p.m.

Family Day: Adornos Navideños
Saturday, December 9 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

El Paso Museum of History

El Paso Museum of Archaeology

El Paso Museum of Archaeology

4301 Transmountain Dr.

Christmas Animal Ornaments Workshop
Saturday, December 9 | 6:00 p.m.
Create a FREE Christmas animal ornament at San Jacinto Plaza

Winter Solstice
Friday, December 22 | 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Event at the Archeology Musuem that will focus on traditions held around the world since pre-historic times to celebrate the shortest day of the year.


El Paso Streetcar

Convention Center Stop, at Santa Fe and Henry Trost

Journeys of Joy Tour with David Varela
Thursday, December 14 | 5:30 p.m.
Hop on the Streetcar for a Journeys of Joy Tour in partnership with Destination El Paso! RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Save your seat here.

Caroling in Harmony: A Celebration of Joy by Tedeum
Friday, December 15 | 6:00 p.m.
Tis’ the season for caroling! Join Tedeum for a FREE Streetcar ride filled with holiday carols and cheer!

Enchanted Ride with Elsa and Ana
Saturday, December 16 | 1:30 p.m.
The cold never bothered us anyway... Bundle up and hop on the streetcar for an Enchanted Ride with Princesses, Elsa and Ana! After the ride, head over to the El Paso Museum of Art for a special showing of Frozen!

Jolly Trolley Read & Ride with Santa
Saturday, December 16 | 5:00 p.m.
Have a Jolly Trolley Holiday with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Join the El Paso Public Library for a magical Read & Ride on the Streetcar. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Save your seat here.

Couples Trolley Karaoke with DHarmony
Saturday, December 16 | 7:00 p.m.
Spread the joy and join us for a holly, jolly celebration! Sing couples karaoke with DHarmony.

El Paso Streetcar
El Paso Streetcar

Streetcar Event's Continued...

Coronado Clarinet Choir
Wednesday, December 20 | 6:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars for a holly, jolly good time! Join us for a night of festive fun as the Coronado Clarinet Choir plays a medley of holiday favorites on the El Paso Streetcar.

Carols on the Tracks with the Pie Sisters
Thursday, December 21 | 6:00 p.m.
Tune into the holiday spirit with us! Unwrap a holiday musical performance by the Pie Sisters on December 21!

Making Spirits Bright
Friday, December 22 | 7:00 p.m.
The El Paso Opera are Making Spirits Bright! Have a merry good time on Streetcar 1511!

A Special Holiday Night with Catarina
Saturday, December 23 | 6:00 p.m.
Sing a sleighing song or two on the Streetcar! Enjoy pop melodies with A Special Holiday Night with Catarina!

City Light Blues with Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase
Friday, December 29 | 6:00 p.m.
It will be a Blue, Blue Streetcar without you! Enjoy City Light Blues with Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase.

Trolley Tracks with Emily Davis
Saturday, December 30 | 6:00 p.m.
Ring in the holidays with this month Trolley Tracks and Emily Davis! Join Emily on the El Paso Streetcar as she sings acoustic folk and rock.


City Department Events

Visit the links below to see how City departments are
spreading the holiday cheer stay up-to-date on all of their WinterFest events and activities.

El Paso Parks & Recreation

El Paso Parks & Recreation

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El Paso Public Library

El Paso Public Library

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El Paso Zoo

El Paso Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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El Paso Streetcar

El Paso Downtown Streetcar

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El Paso Animal Services

El Paso Animal Services

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El Paso Downtown Management District

Downtown Management District

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El Paso Live

El Paso Live

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