Categories: NewsPublished On: November 24th, 2023

Hobbs has a great deal to be thankful for this holiday season. Fortunately, there are many upcoming opportunities to come together as a community to celebrate and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

The holiday season officially begins when the twinkle lights shine bright downtown. The 6th Annual City of Hobbs Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 2 at 6 p.m. in Downtown Hobbs. The JF Maddox Foundation is proud to support the City of Hobbs with this event which aims to encourage togetherness and unity in our community. The Hobbs Fire Department will also hold a toy drive during this event. Attendees can donate toys, clothing, or monetary donations to support local children. If you cannot wait until December, Lea County will host its Christmas lights event on November 27 at 6 p.m. at the Lea County Courthouse, featuring a Christmas tree provided by the Lovington Chamber of Commerce. There will be cookies and cocoa, pictures with Elsa and Olaf, and a performance by the Wright School of Dance.

Listening to our favorite holiday music also signals that the season is here. On December 9, the Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host two Mariachi Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the R.N. Tydings Auditorium. The event will feature Mariachi Juvenil Aztlan and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Ballet Folklorico. As a supporter of this event, the JF Maddox Foundation is honored to be a part of Mariachi Christmas and bring this cultural holiday experience to our community.

We always wish for a winter wonderland; however, this year our friends at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will create one for our community. The Western Heritage Museum on Ice will feature its first-ever indoor ice-skating rink. The rink will be open from November 29, 2023, to February 29, 2024. Bonnie Moran’s North Pole Village and Christmas decorations will also be a part of this year’s offerings. As the first event of its kind, we are thrilled to be a small part of bringing the Western Heritage Museum on Ice to our community. Bringing our community together is something we value at the Foundation, and we are excited to support another avenue to accomplish this during the holiday season.

If holiday daytime activities are more your speed, the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce and Hobbs Jaycees will host a Christmas Parade on December 2 at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at Broadmoor Mall and head south to Broadway and Leech.  Also on December 2 is the 24th Annual Lea County Motorcycle Toy run at Garner’s Motorsports at 1:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing our community come together to celebrate the season. For more information on these and other holiday events, visit


TJ Parks is the CEO at the JF Maddox Foundation, a family foundation in Lea County, New Mexico.  Alongside its partners, the foundation invests in education, social services, and community development for a greater quality of life for Lea County resident