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.

August 19, 2021 – September 9, 2021 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by Mija, Yes you can in honor of 2021 Mija, Yes you can Scholars. We're celebrating the recipients of the 2021 “El Paso Electric Presents: Mija Power Up! Scholarship Program. Congratulations to our Mija Scholars!

    August 19, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Mom in loving memory of Joel Martin Morales' Birthday Celebration & Remembrance. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Love you.

    August 21, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Familia Calderon in loving memory of Maria de Lourdes. Maria DeLourdes' spirit will always shine.

    August 21, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Mark, Letty, Benny & Brandon in loving memory of Mario A. Solis' Deceased Anniversary. Apa.. “You Will Forever Be in Our Hearts”.

    August 25, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Jose A. Castillo in loving memory of Frank Anthony Castillo's 8th Anniversary. Forever in our hearts, dearly missed.

    August 26, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Clara Ellen Duncan-Adams in honor of Dean Maverick Davidoff's Birthday. Happy, Happy First Birthday!

    August 27, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Dani Day in loving memory of Nicholas Adam Day's Memorial. Nick, I miss you and will always love you.

    August 27, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Whole Foods Market in loving memory of Kevin S. Jackson. Beloved team member, friend, and brother.

    August 29, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Ruth in honor of Irene & Wayne Gerlach. Best wishes for you both on your 60th.

    August 29, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Noemi Orlando Chavez in loving memory of Laura Chavez Barrozo's 5th Anniversary of gaining her wings. Forever loved and never forgotten.

    August 31, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by The Hospitals of Providence in honor of Dr. Ken Berumen for his many years in dedication and commitment to the City of El Paso as the Network Medical Director for Emergency Medicine. Thank you for your service!

    August 31, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Jose Luis, Juan, Yesenia, and Julio in loving memory of Jose Luis Perez. Con amor para nuestro angel protector!

    September 4, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Lizbeth’s loved ones in loving memory of Lizbeth Avila. We love you Lizzy!

    September 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Fred & Dawn Bugg in honor of Cleveland and Lisa Johnson. Congratulations & Welcome to the Family.

    September 9, 2021