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 $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.

October 5- 24, 2021 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by Raise Your Hand Texas in honor of World Teachers’ Day. We're thankful for El Paso Teachers!

    October 5, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by SMR in honor of Hailey. I Love you and miss you so much.

    October 10, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Abigail & Adison in loving memory of Stephanie Davis Doty. We love and miss you everyday.

    October 10, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Aiden Frazier Salazar in honor of Maria Ramirez. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BESTIE.

    October 10, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Vincorian in honor of the Vincorian Team Grand Opening. We are El Paso!

    October 18 , 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Administration & Staff in honor of Dr. Joe Gonzales on Boss’s Day. Thank you for your Leadership & Guidance.

    October 18 , 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Sonia Lopez in honor of Veronica Diego Hernandez's Celebration of Life. The brightest stars are those who shine.

    October 18 , 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Vincorian in honor of the Vincorian Team. Grand Opening. We are El Paso!

    October 19-22, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Administration & Staff in honor of Dr. Joe Gonzales. Boss’s Day. Thank you for your Leadership & Guidance

    October 19-22, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Glenna Gaddy in loving memory of Bernard Fenenbock. Love you dad and miss you!

    October 22, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by the Lopez Family in honor of Don Lopez's 85th Birthday. Happy heavenly birthday! Love you daddy!

    October 22, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Iglesia Creacion Divina in honor of Joshua & Corina Fematt. Feliz Dia del pastor! Dios los bandiga!

    October 22, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Sylvia Mendoza in loving Memory of Our Brother Javier M.

    October 23, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s in loving memory of Dr. Lyndon Mansfield. From the children and staff of Lee Moor.

    October 24, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Andrea Capera in loving memory of Julio Cesar Talamantes. Celebration of Cesar’s Life. We will carry you in our hearts forever.

    October 24, 2021