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Town of Bernalillo gears up for Christmas giving and events

Signpost Staff

Bernalillo's 31st annual Christmas parade is set for December 3, at 6:00 p.m., but that's not the only community event planned during the month. There's also a tree lighting ceremony at Town Hall on December 2, at 6:00 p.m., a holiday social at the town recreation center on December 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and an appearance by Santa at noon on Christmas Day, who will be passing out goodies to children with the assistance of Bernalillo firefighters at Town Hall. A bonfire at Rotary Park will follow the parade on Camino del Pueblo.

But more is happening behind the scenes as the town collects coats, toys, and cash to benefit children in the town. This is, at least, the 37th year the town has coordinated the Children's Christmas Fund, which accepts new toys and cash for toys and responds to requests for assistance from town residents.

Also underway is the annual drive collecting new or lightly worn coats given to schoolchildren. Toys and coats can be dropped off at Town Hall, while monetary contributions can be made at the Water Department billing window, also at Town Hall, or mailed to the town at P.O. Box 638, Bernalillo 87004.


All welcome to walk Las Posadas de Placitas

Las Posadas will be held on Christmas Eve, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the village of Placitas. All are welcome to attend. Las Posadas is a walk through the village of Placitas representing the journey of Mary and Joseph, guided by farolitos, which represent little fires by which Mary and Joseph could stay warm. Walkers sing songs, mostly in Spanish, along the way. Comanchitos practice will be on December 1 and 18 at the Placitas Community Center at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Alicia at 903-3997 or Marylou at 480-6855.


“Lights of Kuaua: a winter celebration” 

On December 4, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., join Coronado Historic Site Friends and Staff as they celebrate the coming winter season with luminarias, traditional holiday lights, decorations, and entertainment. This year will feature the Zia Pueblo Slam Dancers who will perform around a blazing bonfire in the plaza. Food vendors will be available at the entrance, and their traditional cookie table will be near the portal. Children’s activities will be held in the video gallery, and Sun Father’s Gift Shop will be open for early holiday shopping. The event is free. Coronado Historic Site is at Highway 550 and Kuaua Road in Bernalillo, 1.7 miles west of I-25.  For more information, call 867-5351 or visit www.kuaua.com.

 
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