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Where to view the #ElPasoStrong Christmas lights display in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- A Las Cruces family is honoring the 22 victims who died during the Cielo Vista Walmart shooting in their annual Christmas light display.

The Martinez family has put up a Christmas light display outside their home in the 4300 block of Doña Ana Road in Las Cruces for the last nine years.

"We just love Christmas," said Jackie Martinez. "Ever since I was a little girl, we just love decorating."

This year the family's display is bigger and better. There are about 50 inflatable balloons including two on the roof, 40,000 to 60,000 Christmas lights powered by multiple generators, handmade sleigh and a gingerbread house with a couch inside for visitors to enjoy.

The family also passes out free hot chocolate and invites the community to take pictures with Santa Claus.

This year the Martinez family is adding a display to remember the victims from the Walmart shooting.

"We have a portion of the light display dedicated to them, just for the families because we know that this is the first holiday they're going to be gone," Jackie Martinez said.

A 12 foot banner that reads "Doña Ana Christmas Display supports El Paso Strong," along with the names of the 22 victims who died stands right outside the family's home. Around the banner, 22 handmade crosses accompanied with a rosary and 22 candles that are lit by the family.

"I know what it's like to lose a family member and it's hard during the holidays," Jackie said. "Especially this way, what happened, so tragic. And I just want to tell the families that we support them and we feel your pain and they'll never be forgotten."

The display can be found at 4337 Doña Ana Road, north of Las Cruces. The Martinez family lights their home from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays. Once Las Cruces schools let students out for the holiday break it will be lit Monday through Sunday. Viewing the display is completely free.

El Paso / Lifestyle / News

Brianna Chavez

Brianna Chavez is an ABC-7 reporter/producer.


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