Safe Holiday Events to Enjoy

Not everyone can go home for the holidays. Whether it’s due to travel restrictions, strained relationships or financial difficulty, people may have to find ways to enjoy the holiday season without family celebrations. Check out these events and create your own wonderful holiday traditions!


Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival


With over 200 artists and entertainers providing an amazing show, food for anyone’s tastes available and holiday music to set the mood, the festival is a great way to start the holiday season. It’s held on November 29th through December 1st.


Twinkle Light Parade


Held on December 5th, this is the city’s kick-off to the holiday season. It’s Albuquerque’s biggest holiday parade, showing off over 300,000 lights. Head to Nob Hill and view the beauty!


Cliff’s Magical Christmas


Looking for lights, holiday music and a Christmas tree you don’t have to decorate yourself to enjoy? Cliff’s Amusement Park will be open Friday through Sunday until Christmas, beginning November 29th.


River of Lights


Enjoy the beauty of the Botanical Gardens and a little holiday spirit at once. The River of Lights is a display featuring glowing light sculptures, music, carolers and a holiday railroad train for your enjoyment. It begins November 30th.


Nutcracker Ballet


Indulge in a holiday classic and watch special guest dancers from the New York City and American Ballet troupes perform “The Nutcracker” while accompanied by the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra. These performances will play on November 30th, December 1st, 7th and 8th.


Luminaria Tour


The beautiful Christmas tradition of the Southwest, luminarias are a wonderful sight every year. ABQ RIDE is holding their annual Luminaria Tour on Christmas Eve. They’ll take you safely on a tour of the city to view all of the festive decorations and the hot spots of holiday spirit.