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Caitlin Davis and Noah Baca star in Las Posadas

Corrales Historical Society 13th Annual Las Posadas Celebration

The Corrales Historical Society presents the thirteenth annual Las Posadas—the Christmas story of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem where Jesus was born 2044 years ago. It will be held in the Historic Old San Ysidro Church—966 Old Church Road—on Wednesday, December 21, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This year’s presentation will again feature the choir from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Albuquerque leading us in the musical story. The two children portraying Mary and Joseph are Corrales’ own Caitlin Davis and Noah Baca. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

The roots for this tradition stretch back to the Spanish Friars in Mexico who created this reenactment as a way to illustrate the birth of Christ to the Aztec Indians. It has been carried on for over three hundred years in homes and churches all over New Mexico. Traditionally, singers go to a different house for eight consecutive evenings before Christmas and on the ninth night, Christmas Eve, the ceremony is held in a church at evening services. Here at the Old Church we just do it for one night to keep the tradition alive.

It is suggested to bring a non-perishable food to be distributed to local charities. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Corrales Historical Society.

Corrales Historical Society 23rd Old Church Fine Crafts Show

On December 2, 3, and 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Corrales Historical Society will hold their twenty-third Old Church Fine Crafts Show held at the Old San Ysidro Church at 966 Old Church Road across from Casa San Ysidro.

This event features many of New Mexico’s finest artists, set in the beauty of the Old San Ysidro Church. It’s a place to start or finish up your holiday shopping with truly unique gift items or pick up a little something for yourself. You’ll enjoy traditional and contemporary artists as they showcase a wide array of art forms.

For information about the artists contact Bev Darrow at 505-301-0042.

15th Annual River Of Lights runs through December 22

—Maryann Torrez

With nearly four hundred light sculptures, including new ocean-themed creations and recurring favorites, the 15th Annual River of Lights opens November 26 at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

“River of Lights is a festive way to celebrate the holidays with your family,” said Mayor Richard Berry. “The New Mexico BioPark Society does such an amazing job with this event every year, that it has become an Albuquerque tradition.”

Local choirs and musical groups add to the holiday magic with performances through December 22. A free Holiday Nature Crafts program offers hands-on fun on November 30, and December 7 and 14 at 6:00-7:30 p.m. Call ahead to enjoy dinner with Santa (December 12-23) or a special holiday meal (December 26-30) at the Shark Reef Café.

On certain nights, the BioPark offers free Park and Ride shuttle bus from the Zoo, and via train from Tingley Beach. View an interactive map at Park and Ride will be available on November 26, December 2, 9, 10, and 16-30. On December 3, Park and Ride will be offered after 7:00 p.m.

River of Lights drew more than 90,000 guests in 2010, a record attendance. “Come early in the season and in the week to avoid the crowds,” suggested Maryann Torrez, Events Supervisor. “Mondays and Tuesdays are usually very quiet.”

River of Lights is presented by the City of Albuquerque and the New Mexico BioPark Society. Sponsors this year include KOB-TV Channel 4, 99.5 Magic FM (KMGA-FM), and KKOB-AM 770. Tickets are $8 for adults (13 and up), $4 for children (3-12) and free for babies (under 3). Advance tickets may be purchased from Zoo and Aquarium/Botanic Garden cashiers or visit to purchase tickets online. On-site ticket sales start at 5:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:00 p.m. From Nov. 27 to Dec. 16, the event is open until 9:00 p.m. From Dec. 17 - 30, the show hours are extended until 10:00 p.m.

The BioPark is an accessible facility and a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information, visit or call 311 locally or (505) 768-2000 (Relay NM or 711).

c. Rudi Klimpert

Experience the Annual Madrid Christmas Open House

Madrid, “New Mexico’s Christmas Town,” is celebrating the twenty-ninth Annual Madrid Christmas Open House with festivities each weekend until Christmas. There will be a Christmas Parade on December 3 at 4:00 p.m., followed by a display of Christmas lights, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a Town of Lights. There will be stagecoach rides on weekends (weather permitting). The Mine Shaft Tavern will exhibit new works of art by Ken Wolverton and his restoration of the famous mural by Ross Ward, “Cultural Gem of the Mining District” with live music by Madrid’s own bluegrass band, The Family Coal from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Each weekend until Christmas, businesses will be open late on Saturday evenings and all day Sundays. Bring the family and visit with Santa as you stroll down our historic village main street on weekends. Madrid’s community Christmas tree will be on display at Maggie’s Diner, the original Wild Hog movie set. Several restaurants will be serving special menus, and the Mine Shaft Tavern will have live music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, including Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, Gene Corbin will be doing a very special Christmas Day with holiday music.

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