Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso is kicking off the holiday season with its  Cookies, Cocoa, and Holiday Cheer celebration Friday evening.

The 3rd annual event will include a free light show, food, and festivities to El Paso families. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, and other traditional holiday figures will also make special appearances.

The celebration will feature photo booths to take free pictures with Santa and other said characters. Treats and apple cider will be provided by Crave Kitchen and Bar and Hillside Donuts.

All activities at the event are free, including parking in campus lots.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Medical Education Building lawn located at 5001 El Paso Drive. The light show is scheduled to begin at about 7 p.m.