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.

May 1 – May 23, 2021 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by Your Sister-Friends in memory of Honorable Lillian Blancas. “Meet you on the other side… <3”

    May 1 - May 2, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Christine Hernandez in memory of Robert Segovia Sr. Happy Birthday! We love and miss you!

    May 2, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by the El Paso Chamber in honor of Dr. Arianna Bender. For all the amazing care you have provided to El Paso. We wish you the best!

    May 3, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by 1-1 CAV SFRG in honor of Cheryl Baker. Thank you for your service to 1-1 CAV.

    May 4, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Elaine Romero in memory of Tyra L. Dean. We will miss and love you always.

    May 7, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Stacey Calabro in memory of Judith Burkholder. We miss you. Love, Tyce, Shawn, JB, and Stacey.

    May 8, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by the Lopez Family in loving memory of Frances M Lopez.

    May 8, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Mariana Pacheco & Tania T. in honor of Amber Pulner. Amber shines bright for you today.

    May 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Judy and Sarah John in honor of Narah Del Castillo and Menira Mora. We love and miss you.

    May 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Judy and Sarah John in honor of Zalla Bailey, Betty Attel, Kay John. Thinking of you with love.

    May 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by wife and daughters in memory of Oscar Soto. We love you, until we meet again.

    May 10, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by wife and daughters in memory of Oscar Soto. We love you, until we meet again.

    May 11, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by your friends in memory of Sergio Catañeda. Mom, Tonight the STAR shines for you.

    May 11, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by the Martinez Family in honor of Neely Tara Martinez. Frog.. Rana.. Sapo.. Proud of you mija!

    May 15, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Nabil & April Ali in honor of Arthur & Kellyn. We love you future Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Lopez.

    May 16, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Patrick Mitchell in honor of PEO Chapter D. 100thn Anniversary Chapter. Happy Anniversary Chapter D!

    May 18, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by her children in memory of Veronica Hernandez. Mom, we love and miss you very much.

    May 18, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by William Correa in honor of Bryn Correa. A Star for our Star! Love, Kiko & Nana

    May 20, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Clint Early College Class of 2021 in honor of Clint Early College Class of 2021. Congratulations Graduating Class of 2021

    May 22, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Roberto Coronado in honor of El Paso Community College-Class of 2021. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!!!

    May 22, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Shiloh Baptist Church in honor of Pastor Christopher C. White. Congratulations & Welcome Pastor White!

    May 23, 2021