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.

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.

Starlightings costs $50 per night. You will receive a complimentary Starlighter Certificate with each night you purchase. Additional certificates can be requested and are $10 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.

November 19 – December 12, 2021 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by Viridiana A. Hidalgo in loving memory of baby Jared Hidalgo. We miss you - From Dad, Mom and Brother.

    November 19, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Villalpando Family in loving memory of Gloria Barajas' 7th Anniversary. We miss you every single day.

    November 23, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Snively Family in loving memory and remembrance of Miguel A. Sanchez.

    November 23, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Canutillo HS Counseling Dept. in loving memory of Carlos Lerma Jr. CHS Basketball Season Opener. Shine bright like the star you are!

    November 23, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Peto, Glenna, and family in loving memory of Tyler. Thinking of you with much love!!!!!

    November 24, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Melissa Figueroa in honor of Gabriel & Melissa Antuna's Wedding Day. May our love always shine bright!

    November 26, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by El Paso Phighters in honor of Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month. Honoring Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness.

    November 27, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Alexis in honor of Evelyn A. Berta's Birthday. Happy Birthday, I love you Muzzy.

    November 28, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by GECU in celebration of the National Association of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals' visit to our city. GECU welcomes NLCUP to El Paso!

    December 2, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Oscar & Nora Alvarado in loving memory of Maria Del Socorro "Coco" Segura. Coco, we love & miss you-this is for you.

    December 3-5, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by the Nevarez Family in honor of Noelle Nevarez. Happy Birthday, We love you.

    December 7, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by El Paso in Austin Network in honor of 2021 Trailblazer Honorees. El Paso trailblazer Awards: Joseph Chacon, Saul Gonzalez, Erika Leos, Jill Ramirez, Bonnie White.
    December 7, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Rio Vista Behavioral Health in honor of Debbie Osteen's Facility Expansion. For commitment to Behavioral Healthcare.

    December 8, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Marlene Crumley in loving memory of Ellen Ruby Brochu's 90th Birthday. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Mom! I love you.

    December 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by His Wife and Children in honor of Ivan Ceniceros' 35th Birthday. Happy Birthday we miss and love you.

    December 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by College of Liberal Arts in honor of UTEP Liberal Arts Winter 2021 Graduates. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES!

    December 12, 2021