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

Saturday, December 9

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.

Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, more info

Daily, except Tues & Wed, December 2-10

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, many of them new to the store, 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. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Contact: Monte Cristo Gift Shop & Gallery,

Saturday, December 9

Christmas at the Orchard

8am-4pm, Gants Family Orchard, 714 Highway 52,

Take a drive out to Cuchillo and visit Gant’s orchard, where you can partake in a pancake breakfast, or buy a pulled pork sandwich for lunch, or purchase other tasty gifts including Bernice Ritch’s famous pecan pies and candies. Participating vendors will have other items for sale.

Contact: Mike Gants, 575-743-0003, .

Saturday, December 9

Luminaria Beachwalk at Elephant Butte Lake

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. State Park day use entrance fees are $5 per car; ride your bike or walk in for free.

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

Saturday, December 9

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.

Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, more info

Sunday, December 10

T or C Story Lab

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

Each Second Sunday, October through March, Story Lab brings community-building and literacy to rural New Mexicans, all in the beautiful setting of the historic El Cortez Theater on Main Street in Truth or Consequences, NM.  Email for details or to participate.

Contact: T or C Story Lab,

Saturday, December 16

Sierra County Farmers Market

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

Find seasonal produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and handmade items. The market is held on a limited schedule in the off-season (November through April) and resumes a weekly schedule from May through October. Pay with EBT, DUFB, debit, or cash. Vendor spots available.

Contact: Sierra County Farmers Market,

Friday, December 22

Winter Solstice Celebration

11am-8pm, Hot Springs Glamp Camp, 675 S. Foch,

Glamp Camp’s Third Annual Solstice Celebration promises to be an amazing day of community and celebration. Admission is free, workshops and ceremonies are by donation. Following the 11am opening ceremony (bring your own drums, rattles and etc), visit on-site massage therapists, healers, and tarot / oracle readers, and see performances by Matt Grenier, Avi Burg, Zapotec Cosmovision, Hieronymus Bogs, and Mushroom Mirror. Other events include a cacao ceremony, a tobacco ceremony, a cosmic sound bath, and a pyramid power experience. Gather around the bonfire from 6-8pm for drumming, dance and a fire prayer to close the event.

Contact: Hot Springs Glamp Camp, 575-740-6775, RSVP / more info

Monday, January 1

First Day Hike at Elephant Butte Dam

10am-2pm, Elephant Butte Dam, Highway 51 east to the Dam overlook (near the Dam Site Historical Area),

New Mexico State Parks sponsor free guided hikes at several state parks on New Year’s Day, giving individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the great outdoors. Elephant Butte Dam, built in 1916 and normally closed to all traffic, is open to walkers as part of the hikes. For a shorter trip, enter from the Dam overlook. Start from the parking area near the Dirt Dam on Highway 195 if you want a longer walk. Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome. Bring water and snacks, dress appropriately, and enjoy this special opportunity. Park entrance fees are waived for this event in 2023.

Contact: Saul Baquera, New Mexico State Parks, 575-744-5923, .

Friday and Saturday, February 23-24

Annual Gathering of Quilts

9am-4pm, Truth or Consequences Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth,

Hundreds of quilts, both new and old, and all hand-made, are on display in the Ralph Edwards Auditorium annually. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Anyone is welcome to bring a quilt for exhibit, from antique to newly-made. Donations welcome, raffles, vendors and more.

Contact: Melissa Rucker, Winter Quilters,

Saturday & Sunday, March 23-24

Truth or Consequences Rock & Gem Show

9am-5pm, Sierra County Fairbarn, South Broadway Street @ Hyde,

Sponsored by the Sierra County Rock & Gem Society, the first T or C Gem Show will feature 20+ vendors, rough and finished rock, slabs, cabs, beads, jewelry, fossils, field trips, presentations, demos, gold and sapphire panning, and the Wheel of Fortune. Admission is free to this family-friendly event. For complete information see

Contact: Dan Lorimier, 575-740-2927,

Weekly Events

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, .

Call for info


Times vary, Gene Speer Tennis Courts, 100 Block of W. Third Street,

Anyone is welcome to join the group and play. Introductory sessions are available too. Call for the schedule and other info.

Contact: Lisa Rupard, 575-621-0803, .


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, .
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