Ready for holiday lights? Check out this map of local light displays
LAS CRUCES - The holiday season is well underway, and residents of Las Cruces and surrounding areas are setting up light displays. Check out these locations to help map out your drive around town.
And don't forget to stop by Downtown Las Cruces, the Mesquite Historic District and the historic Mesilla Plaza to take in the luminaria and other community displays.
Take a drive in Mesilla Park and enjoy multiple streets with decorated houses. Lights outlining the edges of homes give the area a gingerbread-house feel. Take a turn down nearby Raleigh Road and Lucerne Way for more Nativity scenes, Santa Clauses and snowmen.
City View Drive
If you’re in the Foothills area, make a stop along City View Drive. The house at the corner is notorious for going all out with its light display each year. Lights cover the entire front of the property, illuminating the house for drivers along Lohman Avenue.
Corona Del Campo Loop
This Sonoma Ranch street has multiple houses decked out with lights. One house in particular glows blue at night with decorations hanging in every tree and along the sidewalk path.
Del Monte Street
If you’re driving along Lohman Avenue, don’t miss taking a turn down Del Monte Street near the Arroyo Plaza. Multiple houses each way are lit up in this neighborhood. Don’t blink or you might miss it.
Doña Ana Road
This house is a bit more out of the way than the others on this list, but the drive is well worth it. Candy cane lights, reindeer and many more lights cover this home. Santa Claus sits atop this house with nutcrackers, penguins and other blowup decorations scattered throughout the yard.
Near Tortugas Pueblo, two homes on Egyptian Street are decked out by serious Christmas decorators. Lights on the two properties are synced with music on 96.9 FM for a spectacular show. Cars line up in the cul-de-sac to see images of the Grinch, Santa, snowflakes and more. And a screen in the middle of the display may even show John Legend, Blake Shelton or Gwen Stefani if you catch their songs playing.
South Espina Street
Several houses in the Espina area are decorated, but one house on the corner of Espina and Utah is lit completely. The house sits on a full corner and lights cover it from roof to gates. Strings of lights hang from the trees, and if you get closer, you’ll notice the gathering of Despicable Me Minions, reindeer, Batman and other inflatable characters.
Santa Claus scenes are aplenty at this home near Memorial Medical Center. Various decorations depicting the Big Man himself make this display special. Snowflakes adorn the roof and blowup decorations add a special pop.
Las Cruces City Hall
The City of Las Cruces joined in the holiday spirit with lights wrapped around the trees in front of City Hall. Continue down Main Street for more sights along the Plaza de Las Cruces.
Historic Mesilla Plaza
Known for its community luminaria display, Mesilla Plaza doesn’t disappoint. Walk along the rows of shops with luminarias lining the streets and the tops of buildings. Nativity scenes are tucked throughout the square. Don’t forget to stop in at the Basilica de San Albino to see the Catholic church’s decorations.
South Mesquite Street
The community of businesses in the Mesquite Historic District are hosting a “Light Up Las Cruces” event Dec. 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Luminarias and other decorations will adorn the community, welcoming visitors to walk along the path. Drop by the night of for holiday treats.
Plaza de Las Cruces
Strands of lights wrap around the streets lining Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces. A large Christmas Tree stands in the middle of the Plaza de Las Cruces, with decorative presents surrounding it. Festive figures of snowmen and penguins are placed throughout for people to take pictures with.
Lights drape along this Las Cruces street. Figures of Peanuts’ Snoopy, Nutcrackers and candy canes are scattered around the property near Hillrise Elementary School.
Sierra De Oro Place
Near the Las Colinas and Metro Verde neighborhoods, this house is decorated with multiple Despicable Me Minions blowups, along with snowmen and other figures. There’s even a mailbox to send your letters directly to Santa Claus. The house is joined by other decorated homes along the street and in the nearby communities.
University Church of Christ
This church near University Avenue and Jordan Road is planning a special light show during the month of December. The nightly synchronized light show, “Christmas on the Jordan,” will play nightly from 6-9 p.m. Dec.-16-26.
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The show is about 30 minutes long and plays back to back for three hours per night. Lights will change along with music playing from an FM station. Over 10 Christmas Trees, arches and lights in the trees and bushes of the property will all be part of the show.
This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Ready for holiday lights? Check out this map of local light displays