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By November 23, 2012

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This weekend begins the holiday season with River of Lights, the Nutcracker and more. Get in the spirit of the season, and have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Circus Luminous
Wise Fool New Mexico presents its annual circus extravaganza at the Lensic in Santa Fe. The high-flying tradition of stilt-walking, clowns, trapeze artists and dancers will perform November 23 - 25.

The Light Before Christmas
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science presents this animated holiday show daily in its DynaTheater. Take the kids; the shows are at 10 a.m.

The popular musical Annie opens this weekend at Rodey Theater. The comic book heroine who beats the odds takes the stage November 24 and returns weekends through December 9.

Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival
The annual holiday show features over 200 artists, entertainment, food and holiday music. There will be a Holiday Creation Station for kids, where they can craft their own gifts. Find it at the Manuel Lujan complex at New Mexico Expo November 23 through 25.

Corrales Holiday Art Fest
Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. Find a variety of local artists showing their work, from jewelry to paintings to ceramics, and more. Find affordable gifts for Christmas that are one of a kind. Admission is free and parking is free as well. The festival runs November 23 through the 25.

These Beads...Carols and Original Music Celebrating our Human Bonds
The men's choral group deProfundis will perform choral works that include familiar carols and spirituals. Hear them Saturday, November 24 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church or Sunday, November 25 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Tickets are available at the door using cash or check.

River of Lights
The River of Lights features light displays of animals and other creatures to walk through, with new ones are added every year. The light show takes place at the Botanic Gardens and begins Saturday, November 24.

Messiah Sing
Join the choral artists of Quintessence as they sing Handel's Messiah. The free event takes place Saturday, November 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Barrett House kids. Bring your own music score or use one provided.

Hocus Pocus Magic Show
The third annual Albuquerque Magic Show takes place Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25. Three different magicians perform different magical stunts in a one of a kind show.

The largest Nutcracker show features the American Ballet Theatre and principal dancers from the New York City Ballet. The New Mexico Philharmonic performs the musical score at this Popejoy show. See it November 24 or 25, and it runs again next weekend, December 1 and 2.

Find out what's happening this weekend in local theaters.
Find out what's happening at area art galleries.

Cause of the Week

Albuquerque Toy Run
Whether you have a motorcycle or not, the 19th Annual All Albuquerque Toy Run asks that you bring two canned food items and one new toy to Wilson Stadium to help New Mexican families. Motorcycles will motorcade to Sandia Casino at 11 a.m. It's happening Sunday, November 25.

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