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TELL ABQ’s Enchanted Holiday Guide

Albuquerque Arts and Culture event

Check out for website links to event times, prices, and more info.

By Gwynne Ann Unruh


See Santa!

Magic on the Mesa – Food, games, crafts,pictures with the Snow

Queen and Santa. 12/11

Santa’s Wonderland – Cabela’s, November 7 – December 24.

Hartsocks’ Photography – Photos with Santa

Santa’s In Town – Coronado Center 12/ 24,

Photos with Santa – Cottonwood Mall 12/24,


Luminarias, Lights and More Lights….

Cruise ABQ’s neighborhoods on foot, in your car or on a tour searching for the best holiday lights and luminaries in town. Tour Old Town, Country Club, Rio Grande Blvd, Ridgecrest Park, Tingley Beach Area, south of Old Town, South Valley, Barelas, Hispanic Cultural Center, North Valley (Lee Acres and Dietz Farms)

Winter Wonderland New Mexico – Drive-Thru Holiday Experience. November 24 – January 2

Twinkle Light Parade – Competition Parade for Best in Show along a mile-long stretch of Central Ave. near Nob Hill. December 4

Festival of Trees: A Weekend of Holiday Magic – Uptown Marriott Hotel – Dec 3-5

Old Town Holiday Stroll – Sip hot chocolate. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians – December 3

ABQ Trolley Co. – Trolley of Lights – a 75-minutes holiday lights tour! December 15 & 23

Lights Of Enchantment – Drive Through Christmas Light Show

River of Lights – Holiday Light Show. 600 sculptures and millions of twinkling lights. ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. November 27 – December 30 (closed December 24 & 25)


Make Holiday Gifts!

The whole family can paint Grinch or make traditional holiday crafts and gifts inspired by nature!

Family Holiday Crafts – Cherry Hills Library! December 14

Holiday Nature Crafts – ABQ BioPark Educational Building December 1, 8, 15.

Holiday Family Craft – Lomas Tramway Library December 18

Grinch Acrylic Painting Class – Families can celebrate the season by painting Grinch


Holiday Fun Times!

Baila! Baila!’s Christmas in New Mexico 2021 – Holiday show extravaganza and salute to Christmas traditions. December 3 & 4

Santa’s Workshop Escape Room – Holiday-themed “Escape Room” – Ages 10 and up December 18, 19, 20, 21