Star on the Mountain

The very first star on the south side of the Franklin Mountains was built by the El Paso Electric Company 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.

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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.Since World War II the star has been lit each and every year; however some schedule changes were made. During the energy crisis in the 70’s the schedule was reduced.

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 US 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.

Starlighting costs $50 per night. You will receive a complimentary Starlighter Certificate with each night you purchase. Additional certificates can be requested and are $5 each. 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 therefore, is not a guarantee. Please submit a request at least 7 days in advance. Multiple lightings announcements may occur on the same day. 

September 4 – September 27 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by The El Paso Chamber of Commerce in honor of Gary Hedrick's Retirement. Thank you for your leadership to the El Paso Community.

    September 4, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Education Service Center R19. In honor of Maria Armendariz being 2021 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!

    September 4
  • The Star is being lit by Education Service Center R19. In honor of Angel Alvarez being 2021 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations!

    September 4
  • The Star is being lit by your Daughter and Son-in-Law in honor of Maria Lucille Basa. Happy 60th Birthday, Ma! We love you!

    September 8, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Dennis, Alvarez & Family in honor of Diego Rene Cardoza’s 15th Birthday & 1st Birthday in Heaven. You will always be the Brightest Star 

    September 9, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Friends and Family in honor of Porfirio ‘Pilo’ Delgadillo. Celebrating an Angel Above. Para nuestro Angel, Te quieremos mucho.

    September 11, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Immaculata High School in Loving Memory of the Victims of 9-11. 9-11. Never Forget

    September 11, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by UTEP in honor of UTEP Spring and Summer 2020 Grads. Congrats UTEP Spring and Summer 2020 Grads!

    September 12, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Support Latino Business in honor of Latino Business Day. Shed light on Latino Economic Impact.

    September 14, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by El Paso Chamber Leadership Class of 42’ in honor of Marathon Petroleum. A long-standing community partner serving the El Paso region.

    September 16, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by El Paso Chamber Leadership Class of 42’ in honor of Chase Bank. A generous partner serving the El Paso community.

    September 19, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Debbie Textor Heggem in loving memory of Anita Textor Hufford. Your forever peace is my peace.

    September 20, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Galindo Kids and Family in loving memory of Pedro Galindo. Daddy, you are in our hearts always!

    September 12, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Sandra Mercado in loving memory of baby Elija Francisco Mercado. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you.

    September 17, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Vega Family in loving memory of Rebecca H. Vega. Always and forever in our hearts.

    September 20, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by wife Mina Aguilera in loving memory of Cesar Velasquez. Forever in my Heart.

    September 23, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Judy and Sarah in loving memory of Narah Del Castillo. We love you and miss you every day.

    September 27, 2020