For decades Alamogordo has been lighting up areas of White Sands Blvd. and 10th Street with holiday cheer!
The most recent decorations were purchased about 25 years ago! It all started with a committee through the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce that raised funds from individuals, families, businesses, and organizations because they saw the need to replace the aging decorations. “The community rallied and we had fundraisers, it was a lot of fun helping to beautify our community at Christmas,” said Flori McElderry, committee member in the mid-1990’s. Toots Green, an original 1990’s committee member said, “We just decided that the decorations needed an uplift, and with the extra money raised we thought that the addition of "Merry Christmas" banners would be great! We had the banners designed in three different languages, English, Spanish & German to represent our multicultural community. We worked hard because we thought that it was important, so glad to hear they are being updated again, I am so happy!"
It has been the passion and mission of the City of Alamogordo Facilities Maintenance Manager, Paul Bennett to update/replace the aging decorations for quite some time. "It has become a passion of mine every November to ensure the decorations came on Thanksgiving night to mark the start of the Christmas season for our citizens. The current decorations and banners were acquired in 1995-96, with an expected lifespan of 10 years for the lighted decorations and 5 years for the banners. Through the Chamber of Commerce, the City was able to buy the original decorations and banners with money raised from donations by the citizens and businesses of Alamogordo. We have managed to keep the decorations and banners looking good well past their lifespan. However, during the last five years, they have been showing signs of wear and deterioration from 25 years of use," said Paul Bennett.