Alamogordo, N.M. – The public is invited to join in a special holiday open house at White Sands National Monument on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm.
In what will be a spectacular holiday display for that night only, 500 luminarias will cast a warm glow on the historic adobe visitor center at White Sands National Monument. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres, hot cider, and hot chocolate will be served by White Sands Trading. A hands-on children’s activity will be offered, and live music by harpist Elaina Orwoll will fill the night. In addition, last minute holiday shoppers can take advantage of a major sale at the park’s gift shop and bookstore throughout the day and during the open house. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned food donations to help supply our local food banks during the holidays.
“The Holiday Open House is a great way to kick off the holiday season and share a wonderful evening with friends and family. Our national parks are a perfect place to create lasting memories,” said Superintendent Marie Frias Sauter. “We hope to welcome many of our friends from the local community to share in holiday cheer with us.”
The visitor center and gift shop will be open until 8 pm, and Dunes Drive will be open until 7 pm. No charge for the program. If you choose to drive the Dunes Drive, monument entrance fees apply ($3.00 per person 16 years and older). Activities will be held both indoors and outdoors; please dress appropriately.