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.

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.

** NOTICE: THE STAR WILL NOT BE OPERATIONAL FROM OCT. 26TH – NOV. 1ST DUE TO MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS. LIGHTINGS PURCHASED FOR THOSE NIGHTS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED AND ARE SUBJECT TO A REFUND. **

October 2 – October 22 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by Michelle, Bubba, & Grandkids in loving memory of Yvonne Leal-Rodriguez. We love & miss you forever.

    October 2, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Palacios Family in loving memory of Eddie Palacios. Happy Birthday to our angel, we love you.

    October 3, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by El Paso Chamber Leadership Class 42’ in recognition and appreciation of GECU’s support of the 42 and you project to benefit our community. Celebrating 88 years of GECU’s service and partnership with the EL Paso community.

    October 5, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by daughters Cecy & Mayte Myrna in loving memory of Petra Bocanegra Escobedo. 30th Anniversary of your passing.

    October 5, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the El Paso Chamber in honor of  the Western Tech Accredited MBA Program. Congratulations on your new MBA program.

    October 7, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Stallings and Long Families in honor of Norma J. & Kenneth D. Long's 70th wedding anniversary. True love makes the world a better place.

    October 7, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Aragon4 in loving memory of Jose M. Aragon III. See you on the other side of the stars.

    October 8, 2020
  • he Star is being lit by Premier High School El Paso Ea in honor of Premier HS Spirit Day. Providing hope through educational excel.

    October 9, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Scotts in honor of Judge and Kameron Scott. Cheers to Forever and Ever.

    October 10, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Avila Family in loving memory of Antonia C. Avila. Happy 1st Birthday in Heaven, Grandma.

    October 10, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Karina Hernandez in Honor of 19th Wedding Anniversary. Ricky & Karina 19th wedding anniversary.

    October 13, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Gary & Lorraine in loving memory of Janice Lucille McCraw. Your mama was an amazing lady. Thinking.

    October 15, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Molina Family in loving memory of Robert M. Garcia. Forever in our hearts.

    October 17, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Kira & Shannon in honor of 12 Year Anniversary. Happy Anniversary!

    October 20, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by TFCU in honor of Mayra Escarcega. Congratulations for being a TFCU Star!

    October 21, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Phil Gaddy family in loving memory of Bernard Fenenbock. Always in our hearts.

    October 22, 2020