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.

December 24, 2020 – January 13, 2021 Starlighters

  • The Star is being lit by Patrick Hernandez-Cigarruista in honor of Jesus Christ. Today a Savior has been born for you.

    December 24-25, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Rosales Family in memory of Mr. Andres P. Lopez. In honor of his memories and legacy.

    December 24, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Sarah Archer in memory of Randolph Raymond Vanne. You are much loved and missed!

    December 24, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Wife and Children in memory of Gilbert N. Flores. You are in our hearts.

    December 25, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by your staff in memory of Neville B. Strachan. Thanks for serving Country & Veterans.

    December 25, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Castillo Family in honor and memory of the Urrea Family.

    December 25, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Vaelyn & Vienna in honor of Antonio Torres. Happy Birthday. You will always be our light in darkness.

    December 25, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Robert & Priscilla in memory of Martha H. Hernandez.

    December 25, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Family in honor of Kattye & Herbert 50th Anniversary. We are thankful, Blessed for God Grace.

    December 26, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Mona Chip in honor of Jacinto Tarango. You light up my life! Happy Birthday!         

    December 28, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Summer Sullivan in honor of Alejandro Dominguez. To my light, Happy Birthday. I love you!

    December 28, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Alvarado Lenhart Families in honor of Adrian Samaniego. Happy Birthday. We love and miss you very much!

    December 31, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Lenhart Alvarado Families in Memory of Heriberto Alvarado. Dad, we love and miss you very much!

    December 31, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by MICC Fort Bliss in honor of Jaime Briseno. To the “Unsung Hero” of the MICC.

    December 31, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by the Soto Family in memory of Yolanda Arriola. Your light will always shine for El Paso.

    December 31, 2020
  • The Star is being lit by Eduardo’s Ramirez’s Family in memory of Eduardo Arturo Ramirez. We will continue to celebrate you.

    January 6, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Vanessa, Anthony, and Danny in memory of FST Eddie “Lurch” Ramirez. Love and miss you everyday. Forever 43.

    January 6, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Frances Lopez in memory of Donaciano Lopez Jr. We miss and love you forever Daddy.

    January 7, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Laura Rodriguez, Amanda Gomez in memory of Enrique “Kiki” Quintana Jr. We miss you every Single day, Kiki.

    January 9-10, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Adrian Barbee in memory of Norma E. Barbee. Miss you so much mom after 15 long years.

    January 11, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Christina and Anthony in memory of Maria Theresa Rice. We are grateful for your legacy.

    January 12, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Victor Montes in memory of Yvonne Montes Aguirre. In memory of our beloved Bonnie.

    January 12, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by Joe Mireles in honor of Patty Mireles. Patty Happy Birthday with all my love Jo.

    January 12, 2021
  • The Star is being lit by the Tarin and Zavala Family in memory of Marty Tarin. In honor of our loving mother.

    January 13, 2021