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10 Events in December
Saturday, December 3 Add to Itinerary
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
The Way of The Drum
Guest presenter Arnold Herrera will demonstrate steps in constructing the famous Cochiti drum and tell about tribal political structures, language, ceremony, clans and moiety membership, roles of men, women and children, and modern Pueblo social problems. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council & the Department of Cultural Affairs, this program is made possible by the generous support of The Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, December 3 Add to Itinerary
12:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Leasburg Dam
Turning Back the Sun
Join us for daytime sky observation using various telescopes to safely observe the Sun. Park Ranger and members of the ASLC-Astronomical Society of Las Cruces will be on hand to assist the public and answer questions about the Winter day/night sky. Native American bread baking demo and dances followed by sunset traditional Winter/Coyote stories around a campfire with warm beverages and real buffalo stew. Event is FREE with paid Camping or Day Use fees.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Alex Mares 575-524-4068

Saturday, December 3 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Living Desert
Holiday Bells
Listen to beautiful holiday music performed on handbells by The Touch of Joy Ringers. This program is a great way to start the holiday season.
Fees: No Fee
Contact: Kathryn Law (575) 887-5516

Saturday, December 3 Add to Itinerary
06:00 PM - 07:45 PM
Rockhound
Star Party
Venus and Mars are in the southwest. Andromeda Galaxy is high, trailed by Cetus and Orion is rising. The Pleaides are observable. Presenter: John Gilkison with NPO (National Public Observatory).
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182

Saturday, December 10 Add to Itinerary
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cerrillos Hills
Winter Hike
Mild daytime temperatures and soft light make it the perfect time to explore the park on this guided hike. 
Fees: $5 per vehicle
Contact: Park Staff 505-474-0196

Saturday, December 10 Add to Itinerary
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Elephant Butte Lake
Luminaria Beach Walk
3,000 Luminarias will light the beach of Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Floating Light Parade. Free Refreshments. Hosted by Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce and EBLSP
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Kay Dunlap 575-744-5923

Saturday, December 10 Add to Itinerary
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Heron Lake
Boating Safety Education Courses
This free course provides students the opportunity to interact with an experienced boating instructor. All motorboat, personal watercraft and sailboat operators born on or after January 1, 1989, must complete a boating safety course to operate on New Mexico waters. (This means operators - even those 13 years and younger being supervised by an adult on board.) Students must score 80 percent on the closed book exam to receive their Boater Education Card. For information or reservations, call (575) 588-7470- ask for Officer Sedillo.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Officer Sedillo 575 588 7470

Saturday, December 10 Add to Itinerary
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Rockhound
Luminaries Night
Over 1,000 luminaries light the visitor center, native garden and labyrinth. Enjoy the holiday tradition with hot cider and cookies.
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: Robert V. Apodaca 575-546-6182

Saturday, December 17 Add to Itinerary
05:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Sugarite Canyon
Christmas on the Chicorica
Join us for one of the best holiday events in Northern New Mexico! Stroll along Chicorica Creek on a path lit by 1,500 luminarias. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies near a wood-burning stove, listen to carols, and peek through the park telescope. And don't forget to sit on Santa's lap!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: staff 575-445-5607

Sunday, December 18 Add to Itinerary
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Pancho Villa
Luminaria Event at Pancho Villa
Join us in portal area of the Exhibit Hall to enjoy hot chocolate and hundreds of luminaria candles as the sun sets. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends with the last of several baked hams given away as free holiday prizes!
Fees: Regular Entrance Fee
Contact: John Read 575-531-2711

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