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First Thursday of December
Co-sponsored by the Artesia Chamber of Commerce
Light Up Artesia is the official start to the holiday season in downtown Artesia! Co-hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Artesia MainStreet becomes a winter wonderland with thousands of lights in the trees down Main Street. Everyone counts on the event every year on the first Thursday evening after Thanksgiving to usher in the holiday season. Santa Claus is escorted into the downtown area by our very own US Border Patrol, Winged Riders of Artesia, and Artesia Car Enthusiasts. He stays and listens to holiday requests, while businesses remain open late and offer great deals. Organizations and individuals set up outdoor booths downtown to sell hot foods and crafts. Downtown twinkles and community spirit shines during Light Up Artesia as people stroll, shop, and eat.