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Albuquerque’s River of Lights glows

Enjoy millions of twinkling lights and hundreds of dazzling displays at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden during River of Lights from November 24 through December 30 (closed December 24 and 25). The glow starts at 6:00 p.m. each night and a free park and ride is available on select evenings. Explore New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show, make holiday nature crafts, and enjoy live music during this holiday celebration.

The displays feature old favorites like the animated T-Rex and hummingbirds and recent additions like the all-LED humpback whale and other ocean luminaries. New displays include a “flowing” fountain sculpture in the Spanish-Moorish Garden, a snow family, colorful crayons and a disappearing Cheshire cat.

“We are really encouraging guests to use our free park-and-ride shuttles,” said Judi Civerolo, Special Events Director for the New Mexico BioPark Society. “You can avoid the traffic by parking at the Zoo or Tingley Beach and taking a quick bus or train ride. We even have lights along Tingley for riders to enjoy en route!”
Once at River of Lights, there will be hot food and beverages while carolers and local bands perform. The Conservatories are filled with hundreds of poinsettias and other seasonal flower displays. The model railroad’s flickering luminaria cars chug along brightly lit tracks, Wednesdays-Sundays from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. On select nights, diners can have Supper with Santa (reservation suggested) or get crafty at Holiday Nature Crafts.

Tickets are $10 for adults (13+) and $5 for children (3-12). There are no senior or member discounts for this special fundraiser. Purchase tickets online or at the gate from 5:30 p.m. on. Group discounts are available from the New Mexico BioPark Society by calling 764-6212.

The lights go out at 9:00 p.m. until December 13 and at 10:00 p.m. from December 14-30, excepting Christmas and Christmas Eve.

Twinkle Light Parade and Nob Hill Shop & Stroll on Historic Route 66

Celebrate the holidays with a great day of holiday shopping, dining, and viewing Albuquerque’s largest holiday parade. On December 1, the City of Albuquerque partners with Nob Hill Main Street’s Holiday Shop & Stroll and the Twinkle Light Parade. The parade will travel west between Washington St. and Girard Blvd. on Central Ave.  

Filled with mostly locally-run businesses, Nob Hill is a great destination for shoppers who know that buying local helps local businesses thrive. With the goal of providing culturally enriching events that also create positive impacts on the local community, the traditional Twinkle Light Parade signals the onset of the holiday season. 

For the event, Central Avenue will be closed to traffic from San Mateo Boulevard to Girard Boulevard from noon until midnight. The Nob Hill Shop & Stroll will begin at noon, and the parade will start at 5:15 p.m. The event will include shopping and food specials, family entertainment, and photos with Santa.

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