December 3, 2016
New Mexico State University will be illuminated from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, during the 32nd annual Noche de Luminarias.
Noche de Luminarias, or Night of the Lights, has been a university tradition since 1984 when it was started as the Presidents Holiday Reception. The event is a means for the university and community to commence the holiday season with festivities and entertainment.
With more than 7,100 luminarias on display, the event will be one of the largest in New Mexico. The candle-lit paper bags will be set up starting at the Educational Services Building, move along the International Mall, surround the Corbett Center Student Union, extend to Barnes & Noble and finish at the University Museum. The display will be set up by the Las Cruces High School band.
In addition to the luminarias, the event will have horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Frontier Adventures, body art, balloon artists, flip book and photo booths, pictures with Santa, kid crafts and some performances from local community members.
Noche de Luminarias is sponsored by NMSU Campus Activities, the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, Aggies Activities Council, Auxiliary Services, Barnes & Noble at NMSU, Corbett Center Student Union and the University Museum. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Campus Activities at 575-646-3200.