Discover El Paso’s Most Exciting Holiday Events

El Paso is a city rich with history, tradition, and culture, so it should be no surprise that the holiday season brings the same exciting spirit to locals and visitors alike. When you stay at The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, you’re in the heart of the city’s best holiday events, from nostalgic shows at the theater to joyful local parades. Here are some must-see holiday events to bring a touch of merriment to your El Paso stay. 

Enjoy the Nutcracker Ballet at Plaza Theater

On December 26, transport your family to the graceful world of the NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet at the Plaza Theater. This holiday tradition, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, promises an enchanting experience for all. The international cast, including stars of the Ukraine Ballet, will mesmerize you with their classical technique, breathtaking acrobatics, and larger-than-life puppets. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this iconic show in El Paso’s equally iconic Plaza Theater. This stunning venue, originally built in the 1930s, only enhances the beauty and grandeur of the show itself.

Celebrate a Special Brunch With Santa and the Grinch

On December 16 and 17, join us at Ámbar Restaurante for a cheerful holiday brunch with Santa and the Grinch. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., indulge in holiday brunch specials and the opportunity to take pictures with these beloved characters. Seats are limited, so book your table now to ensure a delightful family experience. Kids can unleash their creativity at the cookie-making table, and adults can soak in the atmosphere of our inviting restaurant. As part of our commitment to spreading holiday cheer, we encourage you to bring a toy for our toy drive benefiting the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home in El Paso.

Celebrate at the Scherr Legate WinterFest Lights Parade

On November 18, witness the magic of the Scherr Legate WinterFest Lights Parade. Decked-out floats fill the streets, lined with members of the community hoping to get a glimpse of Santa himself. You can expect enthusiastic participation from local businesses, families, and the community, making this parade a heartfelt and beautiful display. It’s a joyful event that marks the official start of the holiday season in El Paso.

Embrace El Paso Traditions at WinterFest

Likewise, running from November 18 to January 1, WinterFest is a highly anticipated event in downtown El Paso. Join us for the ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree at San Jacinto Plaza, finishing off the evening with a festive concert where you and the family can dance the night away. Throughout the season, San Jacinto Plaza transforms into a winter wonderland with over 500,000 mini-lights, oversized decorations, and a towering 55-ft. holiday tree. Take a stroll along the mesmerizing Paseo de las Luces and experience the magic of this treasured El Paso tradition.

Experience the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game

Immerse yourself in the heart of Texas with a sporting event to remember. On December 29, don’t miss the chance to cheer on your favorite team at the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just soaking in the lively atmosphere, the Sun Bowl promises an unforgettable experience. From pregame information to tips for your El Paso stay, we’ve created a detailed guide to help you make the most of this thrilling football event.

This holiday season in El Paso offers a wealth of events for our guests at The Plaza. Whether you’re captivated by the Nutcracker Ballet, enjoying a special brunch with Santa and the Grinch, or exploring the attractions of the city itself, there’s no shortage of festive moments waiting to be discovered. Make the most of your holiday stay with us in El Paso’s most storied and iconic hotel.