Christmas lights in Las Cruces

Take a tour of Christmas light displays in the Mesilla Valley.

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703 City View703 City View
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: Retiree Dan Wasser uses between 50,000 and 60,000 lights to create his display— with almost 9,000 lights on just one tree alone. The rest of the display includes inflatable characters, icicle lights and seven different Santas – including one flying in an inflated airplane on his garage. Another full-sized, singing and dancing animatronic Santa waves to the cars driving up and down the street. “I’ve been in Las Cruces 35 years and it has been good to me,” said Wasser. “This is my way of giving back.” The lights come on at 5:30 p.m. and stay on as long as there is an audience.
4041 Stoneville Court4041 Stoneville Court
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: Joe Novak has been assembling light shows for the community for more than a quarter of a century. He teamed up with friend and local computer expert David Morock, to implement a choreographed light and music display, Novak uses a computerized program called Light-O-Rama and the 30,000-light display takes two weeks to set up. Each song, about a 15-minute rotation, takes about 15 to 20 hours to program with the lights. Novak’s company, Interstate Batteries, sponsors the project. This is a show in every sense of the word, nuanced with every post and tree calculated to the second, where arches punctate dramatic sounds and a tree-shaped display becoming for one song a guitar’s fret board to a face singing the next song about Mr. Grinch. The wait is worth it. The display is turned on Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on the weekends until 11 p.m.
1485 Tierra del Sol1485 Tierra del Sol
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: Troy Bower has been doing a large Christmas display for several years. He has about 25,000 lights, mostly LED, that are timed to 92.7 FM. A sign on the lawn encourages the passersby to tune in. A miniature — and brightly lit — Ferris wheel spins near a moving scene of children ice-skating. The most unique bit of his display is a large television monitor set up in a front window, with a Santa that waves and appears busy wrapping gifts.
3201 Missouri3201 Missouri
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: The Heysers, Susan and Bob, weave their desert-landscaped yard into a traditional Christmas scene by having the patience to put Christmas lights on their various cacti. They also have cartoon inflatables and projections on the walls wishing season’s greetings. The display takes two weeks to set up. They typically begin the day after Thanksgiving. The Heysers have music transmitted over 96.9 FM to match up with the light display. They also have a digital clock counting down the days until Christmas. The display begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m.
3984 Tiger Woods Drive3984 Tiger Woods Drive
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: Gary Kurz adorns his home with a Santa, sleigh and lights timed to music playing outside. Many other inflatable characters, and of course lots of lights, also join the Christmas party. He spends two and a half weekends setting it up, but the final touch comes on Christmas Eve. “My grandson sells luminarias for the Las Cruces High School Band to the neighbors,” said Kurz. “We light them only on Christmas Eve and then the whole road into our neighborhood is lit up.”
1102 Second St.1102 Second St.
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: With more than 50,000 clear solid lights, this display emits an aura of tranquility with soft music in the background. Bridgette Moorehead has called it their own little Peace on Earth; it’s definitely more “Silent Night” than “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Along with husband Richard, the Mooreheads began their tradition in Truth or Consequences about 15 years ago and have continued it in Las Cruces. The lights go on at dusk and stay on until 11 p.m. — and even later as Christmas approaches.
1308 Diana Maura Drive1308 Diana Maura Drive
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: Soft music comes from a neatly lit Virgin de Guadalupe. It's an impressive display in a small yard, with a waving Santa emerging from a brick fireplace set up in the front yard. There are also some very large inflatables, such as a fire engine, a giant snowman and a polar bear, who hangs out in the bed of an old truck. This house uses old-fashioned Christmas bulbs and candy-cane lights that drape down from a tall tree in Faustino and Sally Marquez's yard.
5140 Noche Bella Loop5140 Noche Bella Loop
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: Reyne Roman's home already has a pretty impressive display, but he said the 10,000-light show won't be done until Saturday. "I normally start on Black Friday and usually takes me three full weekends, plus some evenings dependent on the weather. This year, as you know, we had one cold weekend and I didn't get much done," he said. Roman said his display consists of lights timed to music, reindeer, a castle framework he built, and Christmas trees. "Every year, I try to add this or that and change it up a bit." The light show begins at dusk and lasts through 10 p.m. He said he'll increase the time of show gradually until midnight beginning on Christmas Eve and the lights will be kept on through Jan. 6 on the feast of the three kings.
3905 Lilac Drive3905 Lilac Drive
Las Cruces, NM
House bio: Josh Borchert's Christmas light display is animated to music . Tune into 95.3 FM and watch the display from your car. The display is on from 6:30 to 10 p.m. every day.
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