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 28 – June 20, 2021 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by Mama in honor of Gio's 12th Birthday! Happy 12th Birthday Gio! I love you!

    May 28, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by The Pracht Family in memory of Steve Smith. Gone but not Forgotten.

    May 31, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Dr. Jeannie Meza-Chavez in honor of San Elizario High School Class of 2021!

    June 3, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by EPCC AWCC in honor of AWCC 2021 Scholarship Recipients. Congratulations, AWCC Awardees!

    June 4, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Munoz Family in honor of Robert A Munoz. Amazing Husband & Father. We love you!

    June 6, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Horizon High School Class of 2021 in honor of Horizon High School Class of 2021. Congratulations Graduating Class of 2021!

    June 7-8, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Mountain View High School Class of 2021 in honor of Mountain View High School Class of 2021. Congratulations Graduating Class of 2021!

    June 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Christian M. Salas in honor of Majd Sarah. You are my now and my forever.

    June 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Mom and Dad in memory of Samuel G. Salazar. Sammy, you are always in our hearts.

    June 9, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Clint High School Class of 2021 in honor of Clint High School Class of 2021. Congratulations Graduating Class of 2021!

    June 10, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Mac & Enedina Snodgrass in honor of Julia Shaina Snodgrass. Dartmouth College.

    June 13, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Ed & Yvonne Renenger in memory of Jackie Clanan.

    June 15, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by WBAMC Soldier & Fam Readiness in honor of Nathanael Cassion's Change of Command. Amazing Contribution to the WBAMC SFRG.

    June 16, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by WBAMC SFRG in honor of CPT Shirley Morales' Change of Command. For your unwavering support.

    June 16, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Michael Smith in honor of Wendy Sepulveda's 24th Birthday. Happy Birthday Wendy I love you!!

    June 16, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Mike & Gloria Bearce in memory of Charles Bennett III. In memoriam. His light shines. Look to the Stars.

    June 19, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Tu Hija Que Te Ama Y Extrana in memory of Bertha Alicia Paredes. Un ano de que te fuiste al cielo. La amiga Estrella hoy brilla por ti!

    June 20, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by WBAMC Alpha Co. in honor of CPT Derek Dalition. Norwegian Badge. Outstanding support of Fort Bliss and WBAMC Soldiers.

    June 20, 2021