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January 14, 2023 – February 6, 2023 Starlighters

The star is being lit by Ceci and Bob. In honor of Martha Jiron. God Bless You Always!

January 14, 2023

The star is being lit by Family. In loving memory of John H. Ritchley. Never forgotten and always in out hearts.

January 18, 2023

The star is being lit by El Paso SHRM Chapter. In honor of Judge Ricardo Samaniego. For leadership & HR continued education.

January 20, 2023

The star is being lit by The Saunders Family. In honor of Amy Saunders. We love you Mom! Thanks for being brave!

January 21, 2023

The star is being lit by Acosta Family. In loving memory of Belen Alderete. For our angel in heaven, MamaLen

January 22, 2023

The star is being lit by Nancy Najar and Najar Family. In loving memory of Deziree Monique Najar.2nd Angelversary my beautiful daughter🤍

January 22, 2023

The star is being lit by Benjamin Garland. In loving memory of Deborah Houchins Govea. May your light continue to shine.     

January 23, 2023

The star is being lit by Red Sands Elementary. In honor of Ms. Elvira Nevarez. Who will remain in our hearts forever.

January 25, 2023

The star is being lit by Ortiz Family and children. In loving memory of Francisco Vasquez Sr. We love and miss you dad and grandpa.

January 25, 2023

The star is being lit by Family. In loving memory of Hector Hernandez Sr. We love you Dad, and miss you every day

January 26, 2023

The star is being lit by the Office of the Mayor and the El Paso Chamber, In memory of Chief Gregory K. Allen. In celebration and remembrance of his life’s service of the El Paso community. Though his watch is ended, his impact will remain forever.

January 26, 2023

The star is being lit by Mary, Hope, Ginny & Margaret. In loving memory of John R. Hitchens. Daddy, RIP–20th Anniversary     

January 27, 2023

The star is being lit by Jacob’s Family. In loving memory of Jacob Wolfe Bernaldez. 5 yrs flying high with your angel wings.

January 27, 2023

The star is being lit by Audrey, Jr and Isaac. In loving memory of Bertha Navarrete. Happy 85th Birthday grandma. We love you

January 29, 2023

The star is being lit by The Herrera Family. In loving memory of Cecilia Herrera. We love you Grandma/ Mom -The Herrera’s

January 31, 2023

The star is being lit by Margaret & David. In loving memory of Nicholas A. Franco. Nicky, missing you on your birthday

January 31, 2023

The star is being lit by Minerva, Marissa, Paula. In loving memory of Russell John Davidson. Russ 3:16, too loved to be forgotten.

January 31, 2023

The star is being lit by Raiz FCU. In honor of Jason Vasquez. 2022 Q4 Raiz FCU Star of the Quarter.

February 1, 2023

The star is being lit by Lay daughters & son. In loving memory of Ofelia M. Lay. A beautiful soul who is loved and missed

February 3, 2023

The star is being lit by Pat Francis. In honor of Adele Francis. Happy Eighth Birthday!

February 4, 2023

The star is being lit by Maruka, Michelle & Alain. In loving memory of Margarita Colmenero. Marga, recordandote hoy y siempre! ❤️

February 6, 2023
Submit a Starlighter Request

If you’ve always wanted to light the Star on the Mountain in El Paso in honor of a loved one’s accomplishments or memory, submit a starlighter request. The cost is $50 for a lighting and certificate. Additional certificates may be purchased for $10. Star lighter announcements will be in the Sunday El Paso Times the week following your lighting. Please note that the El Paso Times listing is done as a courtesy and is not a guarantee. Please submit a request at least 7 days in advance. Multiple lightings announcements may occur on the same day.

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History of the Star on the Mountain

The El Paso Electric Company built the first star on the south side of the Franklin Mountains in 1940. At the time it was only 50 feet wide and could barely be seen on the Carlsbad Highway. It also did not last long; a storm blew out most of the bulbs.

Soon after, another star was built bigger and better. It was 403 feet long, 300 feet wide and used 300 light bulbs. More improvements were made in 1946: the length was increased to 459 feet, the width reduced to 278 feet and 459 light bulbs were used. It was then that lighting the “Star on the Mountain” became an El Paso tradition during the Christmas season.

Today the Star has the same dimensions as in 1946. It sits at an angle of 30 degrees and appears to be “perfect” at its focal point at the intersection of Texas and Alameda Avenues. The poles are staggered up and down the mountain for the distance of 459 feet; starting at the mountain top, and run down to a point about 200 feet above Scenic Drive. From its lofty height, the Star may be seen from the east for 100 miles from the air and some 30 miles from the ground. Pilots are known to use the Star as an orientation point.

There are approximately 30 streamers that are hooked onto guy wire cables forming the Star and are pulled into position. Despite some schedule changes, such as during the energy crisis in the ’70s, the star has been lit each and every year since World War II.

In 1980 the Star remained lit for 444 days (until January 21, 1981) during the Iran hostage crisis. In 1990, during the Gulf War, the Star once again remained lit (until August 21, 1991) in support of Fort Bliss and all U.S. troops stationed with Operation Desert Storm.

Through the efforts of the El Paso Chamber and support from private citizens, businesses, and community organizations, the Star on the Mountain now shines bright each and every night at dusk. El Paso is proud of its new image of the ”Star City” in the Lone Star State.