The holidays are definitely here! Just look at some of this weekend's events. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!
Turkmenistan Music and Dance
Seventy-eight Turkmen from Albuquerque's sister city of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan will sing in a concert at the Hyatt downtown. The concert starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 6 and is free and open to the public. The cities have had the sister relationship since 1990.
Hanging of Greens
The tradition continues at UNM as the university community gathers at University House to celebrate the holiday season. Carolers will gather in front of Popejoy Hall at 5:45 p.m., where everyone will gather to make the walk to University House. There will be hot chocolate,†biscochitos and posole available; attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped children's book as a donation for UNM Children's Hospital. More than 14,000 luminarias are expected to decorate the campus this year. It begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 6, and is free.
Hear the Central United Methodist Church Choir and the New Mexico Philharmonic, conducted by David Felberg, on December 6 at 7 p.m. The concert takes place at Popejoy Hall.
Old Town Holiday Stroll
Enjoy live music, dancing, strolling carolers and even a visit from Santa Claus in Old Town. The luminarias will be glowing and the shops will be overflowing with holiday fare. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. The color guard will play the national anthem and raise the flag at 5:30 p.m. and the blessing of the tree takes place at 5:55 p.m. The tree will be lit at 6:10 p.m. The Santa parade begins at 6:15 p.m. The stroll is free on Friday, December 6.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Holiday Stroll
The museum offers shopping and discounts, holiday crafts and activities, music†and entertainment. Get your picture taken with Santa and Stan the T. Rex. Tour the museum, and check out the traveling exhibit Grossology, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 6. The Natural History Museum is not charging admission! †Explora will open its lobby and gift shop during the stroll as well.
First Friday Fractals
Art and science meet under the planetarium dome for these live presentations. See the shows at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 6 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
First Friday ARTScrawl
With over 20 different galleries throughout the city participating, you can choose which ones to visit to find out what's happening with guilds, individual artists and ongoing shows, and it's all free, on Friday, December 6.
Find fresh garlands, wreaths and poinsettias made by master gardeners at the Albuquerque Garden Center. There will be over 40 crafts booths, December 6 and 7.
Nutcracker on the Rocks
The Keshet Dance Company's†Nutcracker defies expectations, performs classic rock and roll tunes, uses wheelchairs for ballet to create an exciting performance that has become an Albuquerque classic. See it December 6 - 8 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Home for the Holidays Concert
Three UNM choirs will sing at the KiMo Theatre. Hear UNM Children's Chorus, the Concert Choir and Las Cantantes sing holiday favorites, December 6 - 8.
The Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for Carrie Tingley Foundation to help the hospitals' special needs kids. Carrie Tingley hospitals offer children a place to get well and improve their chance at life. Donate your time, purchase an ornament, or make or bring your own to help the cause. The Festival takes place at Sandia Casino December 6 - 8.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
When a church Christmas pageant has to cast the Herdman kids, some of the worst kids in history, the mayhem and fun ensues. See the well loved play at the Adobe Theater December 6 - 22.
Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge
The Ghost of Christmas Past is a sassy woman who tries to show Scrooge the error of his ways, but her magic keeps malfunctioning. Mrs. Bob Cratchit takes center stage when Scrooge and the ghost keep appearing in her home. See it at the East Mountain Center for Theatre at the Vista Grande Community Center, Sandia Park, December 6 †- 15.
Faster Santa! Kill Kill
The show about killer elves will be performed by The Dolls, Albuquerque's drag troupe, at the Aux Dog Theatre, December 6 - 22.
The Vortex Theatre presents a lively variety show packed with ten minute plays, poetry and music. Santa and the elves will work their magic and Hanukkah latkes will be part of the show, plus much more. See it December 6 - 22.
Miracle on 34th Street
Follow Kris Kringle as he helps a little girl understand the true meaning of Christmas. The show continues at the Albuquerque Little Theatre weekends through December 24.
Bugg Lights Display: Ten†Nights of Christmas
The walk-through displays feature handcrafted characters. The Bugg Lights have been a local tradition for over 40 years. Refreshments, musical entertainment and Santa in his workshop, along with nightly entertainment, all at Menaul School. On opening night, hear the Bugg Lights Band play seasonal tunes; the inter-generational band is an annual tradition. Bugg Lights runs December 6 - 24.
Family Artmaking Paper Making and Holiday Sparkle
Families can work in paper arts at this workshop at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday, December 7. Learn about box making, collage, techniques with scissors and more. You'll decorate with a holiday theme. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, the event is free.
Marvel Not, Joseph: Christmas Music
Musica Antigua performs medieval and renaissance Christmas music on classical instruments. Hear them at St. Michael's All Angels Church on December 7.
Christmas in New Mexico
The Baila! Baila! Dance Academy presents their annual Christmas in New Mexico show at the African American Performing Arts Center at New Mexico Expo. The shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 7.
The parade goes through the village of Corrales to the Recreation Center, where Santa will visit the kids. A huge bonfire and cookies for all are part of the festivities on Saturday, December 7.
Noche de Luces
The historic Casa san Ysidro in Corrales will be decorated with greens and farolitos. Join in singing carols around a bonfire and making ornaments for the season at this family friendly event on Saturday, December 7.
Twinkle Light Parade
The annual Twinkle Light Parade features Santa Claus and over 100 floats with twinkling lights. Visit the parade this year in Nob Hill, and participate in the district's annual Shop and Stroll afteward, Saturday, December 7.
Nob Hill Shop and Stroll
The annual shop and stroll features Santa Claus, free trolley rides, mariachis, carolers and great shopping and food on Saturday, December 7.
Embrace the holiday spirit at the Botanic Garden during the daylight hours through the month of December with holiday themed exhibits, evergreens and seasonal color. Displays/activities include poinsettias combined with other playful flowers in a variety of colors in the Mediterranean Conservatory; an old-fashioned Christmas atmosphere at the Heritage Farm; a miniature holiday scene at the Railroad Garden and a sizzling Southwest-themed display with plenty of chile†ristras in the Desert Conservatory. See displays in the Aquarium and Zoo as well. Garden Holidays runs December 7 - 31.
Hear Tchaikovsky's classic music of the Nutcracker. The New Mexico Ballet Company will be accompanied by the†New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra for two weekends of the Nutcracker. Special guest dancers from the New York City and American Ballet troupes will perform. See it at 2 p.m. December 7 and 2 p.m. †and 7 p.m. December 8.
Holiday Stop and Shop
The annual event in Los Ranchos features more than 30 businesses and restaurants in a small area, making it easy to shop for the holidays. A printable map is available online; vendor hours and specials can be found by visiting individual websites. Look for numbered signs with the balloons for participating shops. Raffles for gift baskets and refreshments are part of each day. Each merchant will be giving back to a charity. The event is December 7 - 8 along Fourth Street in Los Ranchos.
The East Mountain Community Chorus and Orchestra perform the holiday favorite at 3 p.m. on December 8. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. Find it at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Cedar Crest. Call (505) 228-0607 for information.
Christmas at Kuaua
The evening of holiday fun includes luminarias, a bonfire, a visit from Santa, Native dancers, biscochito cookies, hot apple cider and cocoa. Kids can make their own Christmas ornament. There will be music, traditional Pueblo dances and Native American storytelling. Find it at the Coronado Monument on December 8.
Holidays Take Flight
Head to the Balloon Museum and enjoy decorating holiday balloon cookies, making crafts and visit with balloon pilot Santa. Hot drinks and treats will be for sale as well as a New Mexico shopping "village" with local businesses and artisans. Get your picture taken with Balloon Pilot Santa. It's happening Sunday, December 8.
New Mexico Photographic Art Show
The show at the Fine Arts Gallery at New Mexico Expo opens December 8 and runs through December 29.
Man of La Mancha continues at UNM's Rodey Theatre, playing weekends through December 8. It's a Landmark Musicals production.
Up (The Man in the Flying Chair) opens December 6 at the MTS Cener for Theatre and runs through the 22. The comedy/drama follows a man and his flying machine.
The Show happens every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. at†The Box Performance Space, and late night Saturday nights, don't miss Broad Humor.
Noir Suspicions opens December 6 at the Sheraton Uptown.
Cause of the Week
Holiday Pie Mania
Watch top chefs make holiday pies, then bid on your favorites on December 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Builders Source Appliance Gallery, 308 Menaul NE. The proceeds go to benefit Roadrunner Food Bank. The first 700 are admitted free. Bakers will be there from local restaurants that include M'Tucci's Kitchen, Artichoke Cafe, Jane Butel Cooking School's Jane Butel, P'tit Loud Bistro, Village Inn, Gluten Free Gourmet, The Swiss Bakery, Hartford Square and the Flying Star.