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More than 6,000 luminarias to light up NMSU campus Dec. 3

The celebration of the winter holiday season calls for a beautiful display of lights, family, friends and activities.


Luminarias sit outside on a sidewalk at the NMSU campus during the night.
Luminarias line campus walkways near Corbett Center during the 24th annual Noche de Luminaria event (photo by Darren Phillips)

Sunday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., New Mexico State University will be illuminated. More than 6,000 luminarias will light up campus during the 33rd annual “Noche de Luminarias” at the Corbett Center Student Union. “Noche de Luminarias,” or “Night of the Lights,” is a means for the university and community to begin the holiday with celebrations and amusement.

This attraction is one of the largest luminaria displays in New Mexico. These candle-lit bags will begin their journey at the Educational Services Building, continue along International Mall, surround Corbett Center Student Union, extend to Barnes & Noble and line McFie Circle. The display will be set up by the Las Cruces High School band.

Along with the display of luminarias, there will be activities and entertainment held inside Corbett Center first floor west end. Visitors can enjoy trolley rides, sponsored by Frontier Adventures, along the McFie Circle portion of the luminaria route and free refreshments inside Corbett Center.

“Noche De Luminarias” is sponsored by Campus Activities, Corbett Center, ASNMSU, Auxiliary Services and Barnes & Noble at NMSU.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information call Campus Activities at 575-646-3200.