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About El Paso WinterFest

El Paso Live is proud to host the 2nd year of El Paso’s coolest winter event, WinterFest, presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital.  Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas will come to life November 18th through January 1st with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and the coolest thing of all, an outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre.

The Hospitals of Providence Ice Skating Rink


Downtown El Paso comes alive this winter with a outdoor ice rink.  The Hospitals of Providence Ice Skating Rink is the centerpiece to WinterFest.  Open every day of WinterFest, it is Free to see, and just $8.00 to skate which includes the ice skate rental.  It’s so easy – just pick your ice skating session, book online or at WinterFest, come early to check out WinterFest and then hit the ice at your scheduled time.   There is limited capacity, so booking ahead is encouraged and there are no service fees to order your ticket online!


Skate to today’s hits and some holiday classics.  Several special events, charity nights, and promotions will be happening throughout WinterFest, so be sure to look at the schedule and skate sessions to pick your favorite night to attend!


Providence Children’s Hospital Life-Size Inflatable Snowglobe


Providence Children’s Hospital welcomes you into our giant inflatable snowglobe.  Step inside and take your picture in front of the El Paso WinterFest skyline.  Look out for The Photo Bus on certain nights to get you your professional picture complete with props!


El Paso Electric WinterFest Tree


El Paso Electric lights up your winter with the official WinterFest Tree! The soft glow of the holidays is all around November 18 - January 1, 2018. Tickets on sale November 1, 2017! 


Texas Gas Service Holiday Movies at the Plaza with El Paso Community Foundation

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Texas Gas Service brings something new to El Paso WinterFest this year: FREE HOLIDAY MOVIES AT THE PLAZA with the El Paso Community Foundation! Time to get into the holiday spirit with some of your favorite movies for FREE throughout the season. Schedule coming soon!


FirstLight FCU Festivities

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This year’s festival features 5 fun festivities on select days throughout the season thanks to FirstLight Federal Credit Union.  Will we bring back ‘Let it Snow Day’ or ‘Jersey Day’? Follow us on social media to find out! 


Texas Gas Service Warming Tent


Back by popular demand, Texas Gas Service provides a cozy atmosphere in the WinterFest Warming Tent for you and your loved ones to de-frost after a skate session! Curl up with a hot chocolate, surrounded by heaters and plenty of seating to watch your family and friends enjoy the rink. The Warming Tent is open to any and all WinterFest attendees!


El Paso Downtown Management District Winter Market Shoppes


El Paso Live brings you a taste of the winter markets in Europe and Union Square’s Holiday Market in NYC with Winter Market Shoppes in Downtown El Paso. So, whether you need a last minute holiday gift, or just a small treat for yourself, the DMD Winter Market Shoppes is the place to go.  Shoppes are open every Thursday through Sunday and select holidays during WinterFest. 

  • Mini Donut Depot
    • Donuts, cider, corn in a cup, and more
  • Delicious Mexican Eatery
    • Tamales, coffee, papas locas
  • Toys & Lights
    • Kid-friendly light-up toys and accessories
  • Amigo Man’s Winter Cabin
    • Destination El Paso (El Paso Live & Visit El Paso) visitor and event information
    • Special appearances by Amigo Man
  • Moe-bile Air
    • Oxygen bar, massages, aromatherapy
  • Artist Booth
    • We will be swapping out local arts and craft vendors every week.  Contact if you’re an Arts and/or Craft Vendor interested in vending!

Week Of Dec 10th-16th

  • Friday, 4P-10P
  • Saturday,12p-10p

Week Of Dec 17-23rd

  • Sunday,12p-9P
  • Monday-Wednesday, 4p-9p
  • Thursday,12p-9p
  • Friday-Saturday,12p-10p

Week of Dec 24-30

  • Sunday, 12P-9P
  • Monday,12P-6P
  • Tuesday-Wednesday,12P-9P
  • Thursday-Saturday,12P-10P
  • Sunday, Dec 31st, 12P-1A

El Paso Live Kringle Kafé

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El Paso Live's Kringle Kafé features delicious treats the whole family will enjoy! Indulge in a creamy hot chocolate, a churro and other easy eatables in between rink sessions. 



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Ride the WinterFest Express!

Take your family for a joy ride in Sun Metro's WinterFest Express! This classic trolley is all decked out for winter fun. Park at the Glory Road Transfer Center (100 E. Glory Road), then be dazzled on the WinterFest Express and take a trip back in time as we drive you and your family to WinterFest. Best of all, it's FREE!

Runs every weekend from November 18th to December 31st (No service on Dec. 2nd due to evolve Federal Credit Union’s Celebration of Lights parade)

  • Friday: 7pm – 10pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
  • Trolley pickup every 30 minutes

BONUS! Show your Glory Road Parking Ticket to the cashier and get $2 off your skate pass

For more information about the route, visit