San Jacinto Plaza
As a center for public transportation, a place to rest, and the perfect place to people-watch, San Jacinto Plaza has been the heart and soul of downtown El Paso for over 100 years. Smack dab in the middle of downtown El Paso, San Jacinto Plaza is lined with trees, benches, and a beautiful view of the Cortez Building, designed by famed architect Henry Trost.
Every year, since 1954, El Pasoans have gathered at San Jacinto Plaza for a grand parade and the lighting of the enormous tree that officially marks the start of the holiday season in El Paso. The City of El Paso decorates the entire Plaza with thousands of twinkling lights, nativity scenes, and fun Christmas displays.
San Jacinto Plaza, also known as Plaza de los Lagartos, features an incredible fiberglass sculpture by sculptor Luis Jimenez that depicts the alligators that once called San Jacinto plaza home. Along with the varied cast of colorful downtown characters, visitors to the Plaza will find downtown business people lunching at the Plaza, the occasional afternoon concert, and outdoor festivals, such as Chalk the Block being held at the Plaza.