Events & News:
Lighting the way into the town of Old Mesilla on Christmas Eve, visitors will enjoy a spectacular display of luminarias and the sounds of Christmas Carols performed by the Walker Family the "Mesilla Singers." Keep Christmas spirits warm with traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate, courtesy of Andele's Restaurant. Enjoy a special candle light vigil to honor public safety and military personnel by our Friends of the Mesilla Fire Department. Festivities will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in our historic plaza. Christmas Eve in Old Mesilla...it's tradition.
In observance of the Christmas and New Year's Holiday, Mesilla Town Hall offices will be closed Wednesday December 24th & Thursday December 25th. Offices will re-open for business Friday December 26th. Mesilla Town Hall offices will also be closed Wednesday December 31st and Thursday January 1st. Offices will re-open for business Friday January 2, 2015.
Welcome to the Town of Mesilla!
Mesilla ("Little Tableland") is the best-known and most visited historical community in Southern New Mexico.
The historic town of Mesilla lies just west of Las Cruces along I-10 and is called New Mexico’s Best Vacation Getaway. It is the epitome of small town charm at its finest, serving as a great location for afternoon shopping and dining, where award winning cafes and restaurants and unique stores surround the town focal point of the historic Plaza. Visitors often enjoy the quiet ambiance of the Plaza with the peaceful back drop of the San Albino Basilica. Just north of town visitors have even more choices to shop and dine, in what’s known as the town’s Mercado area.
The history of the Town boasts everything from the Civil War to Billy the Kid. Visitors can get a brief lesson in history by visiting the Gadsden Museum or by taking a tour with La Morena Walking Tours.
For extra fun, tourists may enjoy the multitude of events that occur throughout the year. As Mesilla was once a part of Mexico, the Town is known for its annual Cinco de Mayo and Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiestas, and the Gadsden Purchase Re-enactment which celebrate significant dates in the Mexican culture. The Town also hosts several events throughout the year including a weekend long celebration of Dia de Los Muertos, Jazz and Mariachi concerts, in the plaza and the popular lighting of luminarias on Christmas Eve.
Art galleries, entertaining events, rich history, unique shops and delicious cuisine are just a few staples that Old Mesilla has to offer.