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.

July 16 – August 7, 2021 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by Manuel's wife, sons and family in honor of Manuel 'Pops' Alvarado, Jr.'s 78th Birthday. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Pop. We love you.

    July 16, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Ruth Rivas in memory of Elizabeth Carr. With love from Ruth Edith Edda.

    July 17-18, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by the El Paso Electric Summer Interns in memory of the El Paso Walmart Shooting Victims through the Community Memorial for El Paso Shooting Victims. Our hearts go out to all those affected.

    July 23, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Arturo Tavarez in honor of Erika Reyes' birthday. Feliz Cumpleanos Amor mio!

    July 24, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Primas/Hermanas Salamanca in honor of Juan F. Salamanca's 60th birthday. El cielo esta de fiesta te amamos tio! 

    July 25, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Family in memory of the Anniversary of Enriquez Gomez's death. You’re always in our hearts and thoughts

    July 28, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Mom, Dad and Mark in memory of Joseph Chavez. Joseph, we Love and Miss you so much!!

    July 30, 2021
  • The Star is being lit in loving memory of Martha Alicia “Licha” DeAnda's passing by family who miss her dearly.

    July 31, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by the Johnson Family in honor of Marie Johnson's 9th Birthday. HAPPY 9th BIRTHDAY! We love you! 

    July 31, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Family in memory of Yolanda Del Pino's Birthday Celebration & Remembrance. Her light will shine with us always! 

    August 3, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Walmart Store 2201 in honor and memory of those we lost on August 3.

    August 3, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by COVID Survivors for change on COVID Awareness Day and to remember the toll the pandemic took.

    August 6, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by David and Connie Carr in honor of TJHS Class of 1971 deceased classmates. 50th Class Reunion. Forever in our Hearts.

    August 7, 2021