The Star is being lit by De su querida familia. In loving memory of Isabel Hidalgo. I miss you so much I love you
The star is being lit by Richard & Maxine. In loving memory Siria H Graham. Happy Heavenly Birthday! Love You Always
The star is being lit by El Paso ISD. In honor of Jacobs Project Management Company. For dedication to EPISD’s Bond Program
The star is being lit by GECU. In honor of Cornerstone League. Thank you, Cornerstone League!
The Star is being lit by Patty, Lupita + Family. In loving memory of Martin “Grunt” Delatorre. Grunt’s light will forever shine
The star being lit by James M. Peak Family. In loving memory of James M. Peak. Best Husband, Dad and Granddaddy Ever
The star is being lit by Bearce Family. In loving memory of Rick Lopez. You will live in our hearts forever.
The star is being lit by The Cloud Family. In loving memory of Ralph T. Cloud. Thank you for shining upon us!
The star is being lit by Hector Gutierrez and Mike Dipp. In honor of Dr. Jimmy Vasquez. Great Servant of the El Paso Community
The star is being lit by Margaret & David Ponce. In loving memory of Nicholas A. Franco. We will all always miss you, Nicky.
The star is being lit by Ericka Flores & Steven Aguirre. In loving memory of Guadalupe Becerra. Happy heavenly birthday, Wuelito!
The star is being lit by Cheer Force Athletics. In honor of Cheer Force Athletics. Congratulations Team Fierce from CFA!
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.Submit a Starlighter Request
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.