(Truth or Consequences NM)
Each year, the town holds an Old Fashion Christmas night in downtown to instill the holiday spirit. Colorful lights everywhere, festive music, a visit by Santa, streets closed for easy wandering with shops, cafés, and galleries staying open late.
A tree lighting next to city offices kicked off the celebration which included many more light displays in addition to the trees. The plaza next to the Visitor Center was also lit up; as was a small park on the far end of town. Store fronts were gaily decorated, and music of the season could be heard.
Santa Claus arrived on a noisy fire engine draped with strings of colorful lights. He and his elves greeted the many children with glee and candy canes. Later, there was a Christmas play performed by children.
Barrel fires along the main street had people gathered around to get warm, and sipping hot cocoa. A local church provided a stable and Nativity scene with live actors. Turkey, ham, and side dishes were available at a pot-luck dinner; followed by the play.
An occassional very light rain fell, which could easily have been snow had it been a bit colder. That would have been a nice touch. It was a fun night with friendly folks celebrating the season.
Camp: Caballo Lake SP-Beach primitive
Scene: Decorations, nativity, street scenes