events in Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, Hillsboro, Caballo, Chloride

Featured Events

Saturday, December 10

Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown commercial / hot springs district,

Participating businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants on Broadway, Main, and points in between. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for late-breaking information.

Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences,

The main event happens at the Hillsboro Community Center, where local artists and artisans sell handmade gifts, goods and holiday treats. While you’re there, stroll Hillsboro’s scenic streets and check out the historic homes and storefronts. Visit the Black Range Museum to learn local history and peruse even more gift items. Each year a Christmas in the Foothills poster is created by a local artist or artisan, and signed copies are available for sale at the event. 

Contact: CITF Committee of the HCC,

Daily, except Tues & Wed, December 3-11

Yuletide in Chloride

10am-4pm, Chloride, Wall Street,

Enjoy a scenic drive to Chloride, the holiday charm of a ghost town, and great deals on works by more than 30 local artisans at the Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery, where you’ll receive a free gift with a designated-dollar amount purchase. During your visit, step back in time with a visit to the Pioneer Store Museum.

Contact: Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery,

Saturday & Sunday, December 3-4 & 10-11

Monticello Holiday Store

10am-3pm, Monticello Plaza,

All sorts of wonderful handmade holiday gifts are available for two weekends only. Numerous local artisans and farmers offer balsamic vinegar, harissa, essential oils, herbal products, jewelry, bread, jams, jellies, posole, wreaths, ornaments, knit wear, custom knives, sweet treats, ornaments, and many other items. Cash or checks only.

Contact: Claudia Jeffery, more info

Sunday, December 4

Silent Blender

10am-noon, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

Come as you are and leave your inhibitions (and words) at the door for this all instrumental mood-and-genre-jumping dance party.  Silent Blender leaves out lyrics and verbal communication to create a safe and conscious listening and dance experience. $10 at the door, age 16+. Sign up early! This event sells out.

Contact: Abigail Nace, rsvp on Instagram

Sunday, December 4

Black Cat Poetry Reading

1-2:15pm, Ingo’s Art Cafe, 422 Broadway,

The Black Cat Poets have been meeting since 1991. Anyone can join the monthly gathering and enjoy a noncritical, appreciative atmosphere and either listen or read poetry or prose to the group (5 minutes-worth, or about 3 poems). Repeats every 1st Sunday of the month. Admission is free.

Contact: Alice Hutchins, Black Cat Poets,

Friday, December 9

Old-Fashioned Christmas

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences, Main, Broadway and in between,

Visit downtown Truth or Consequences for a fun festive night out during Old-Fashioned Christmas! The event is sponsored annually by MainStreet Truth or Consequences and usually includes a tree-lighting, Parade of Lights, and chance to hang out with Santa Claus.

Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences,

December 9-10-11 and 16-17-18

TorC Community Theatre Presents: A Twisted Christmas Carol

7pm Fri & Sat, 1pm Sun, T or C Civic Center, 400 West Fourth,

It’s Christmas Eve in a small west Texas town, and cantankerous barbecue joint owner Buford Johnson is skipping Christmas! He storms off, gets in an accident, and ends up in coma where he’s visited by his ex-business partner, Hank Walker, as the ghost of Christmases past, present, and future. This spoof of Charles Dickens’ classic was written by Phil Olson. Tickets are $12-25 and can be purchased online or at the door. Advance reservations are required for dinner theater on Saturday.

Contact: Truth or Consequences Community Theatre, 575-740-2174, tickets

Saturday, December 10

Luminaria Beachwalk & Floating Lights Parade

5-8pm, Elephant Butte Lake State, enter through the main gate,

The Luminaria Walk, sponsored by Friends of Elephant Butte Lake State Park and Elephant Butte Lake State Park, features thousands of luminarias lining paths on the beach leading to community-sponsored campsites with posole, chile, cocoa, cookies, s’mores, and more. Join the carolers, visit Santa, or stop by designated campsites to make a donation to Make-A-Wish. Meanwhile out on the lake, the Floating Lights Parade starts at 6:30pm. Anyone wanting to enter a decorated boat should call 575-744-5567. State Park day use entrance fees are $5 per car; ride your bike or walk in for free.

Contact: Mark Jimenez, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 575-740-2706, . updates

Saturday, December 10

Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown commercial / hot springs district,

Participating businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants on Broadway, Main, and points in between. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for late-breaking information.

Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences,

Sunday, December 11

T or C Story Lab

12-1pm, El Cortez Theater, 415 Main,

Story Lab moves to a new venue and time, with doors opening at 11:30. Email for details or to participate. Theme for the December Story Lab: “Our Gift: The Best of Story Lab.”

Contact: T or C Story Lab,

Hailing from Phoenix, Joe Baker brings 1920s jazz, western swing, blues, and early country to T or C.

Contact: 575-297-0289,

The NM Humanities invites the creators of the documentary “Truth or Consequences” (2020) to New Mexico for a screening tour of the film and an evening of reflection and conversation on themes of place, memory, progress, and history. The program includes a Q&A with the filmmakers and some community members featured in the film. Free.

Contact: Bethany Tabor, RSVP

Wednesday, December 14

Free Lecture: The Weather!

6pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 101 Highway 195,

Dr. David DuBois will talk about the weather. Many of us do this every day, but how much do we really know about it? Enter through the main gate for directions to the training center.

Contact: Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 575-744-5923, .

Saturday, December 17

Third Saturday Farmers Market

8:30-11:30am, Ralph Edwards Park, Riverside at Cedar,

The Sierra County Farmers Market is held monthly on the 3rd Saturday during off-season. Starting in May, the schedule returns to weekly, on Saturdays. The market brings fresh seasonal produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and handmade items to Ralph Edwards Park. Pay with EBT, DUFB, debit, or cash. Vendor spots available.


Saturday, December 17

Pop-up Apothecary

3-7pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

Pop in to peruse herbal and medicinal oils, salves, elixirs, and tinctures by area artisans. Teas, soaps, lotions, cosmetics, and health foods will also be available, indoors and outdoors. Interested vendors may call 503-997-5147.

Contact: Studio de la Luz,

Learn about the town formerly known as Hot Springs — its people, its history, and (of course!) how it got its name. Presented by Dimid Hayes.

Contact: Elephant Butte Lake State Park, 575-744-5923, .

Weekly Events

Almost Daily

Yoga, Pilates, Movement

Check out the calendar on the Studio de la Luz website for the month’s offerings! Classes are held most days of every week.

Contact: Marlena, 845-807-2265,


Tuesday Wellness Clinic

10am-1pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

Call ahead to schedule or walk in and check availability for massage by Roger Swanson (505-459-5607). Suggested donation: $25+ per half hour.


Tuesdays, Thursdays

Free Chair Yoga

11am, T or C Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth Street,

The class is held inside the roomy Civic Center or — when weather allows — outside on the lawn under shade trees.

Contact: Sherry Veglia, 228-671-9667, .

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays


5pm, Gene Speer Tennis Courts, 100 Block of W. Third Street,

Anyone is welcome to join the group for play on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Introductory sessions are available too; call for info.

Contact: Amy Claesson, 575-740-1501, .


Friday Wellness Clinic

10am-1pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

Silvia Villanueva is a Reiki master practitioner who combines a variety of Reiki techniques alongside shamanism, angelology, and Buddhist healing mantras for wellbeing. Call her to schedule a session, as appointments are required.

Contact: Sylvia Villanueva, 915-274-6495, .


Old Time Fiddlers Saturday Dance

Live music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Toe-tapping fun, refreshments and a door prize weekly at this family friendly event. No alcohol or smoking are allowed in the building. All are invited to come and dance or just listen to the music. $4 at the door. Proceeds support the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler’s Association. Repeats weekly on Saturdays.

Contact: Manion Long, New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association, 575-744-9137, .
Scroll to Top