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By December 7, 2012

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There's a lot of holiday cheer going around. Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

George Lopez Live
The comedian will perform at the Albuquerque Convention Center for one show only on December 7.

Local playwright Sarah Sayles retells the story or Rumplestilktskin. Meet Rum as a young man and see how he falls from grace and finds friends along the way. Brought to you by Desert Rose Playhouse; reservations are recommended. The play begins December 7.

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. 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 begins at 4 p.m. Friday, December 7, and it's free.

Holiday Fair
Find fresh garlands, wreaths and poinsettias made by master gardeners at the Albuquerque Garden Center. There will be over 40 crafts booths. The free fair takes place on December 7 and 8.

Christmas Joy
The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company performs ballet and jazz dance in this Bravos award winning holiday production. Over 60 dancers will perform to holiday music at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. See performances December 7 and 8.

Miss Mary Christmas
It's holiday time and this show is more naughty than nice, featuring drag queen toupe The Dolls. See them at the Aux Dog Theatre.

Light Among the Ruins Holiday Celebration
Here's one the kids will enjoy. Luminarias will decorate the ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San Jose church. Enjoy Native American music and Jemez Pueblo dancers by the bonfires. Horse drawn-wagon rides take revelers to holiday refreshments. The free celebration takes place on December 8 at Jemez Pueblo.

South Valley Acequia of Lights
The annual event takes place in a historic neighborhood of the south valley on December 8. See the acequia lit with lights, meet neighbors, enjoy nature while you walk the path; enjoy music and refreshments. Parking available in church lot. Call (505) 842-5140 or 550-5604 for information. It's a free event, but take a toy or canned food item for charity. Find it at Atrisco Acequia between Holy Family Church and Valle Vista Elementary

Ballet Repertory Theater Nutcracker Ballet
The Ballet Repertory Theatre brings the classic tale of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes the nutcracker and little Clara to life. This rendition of the Nutcracker begins December 8 at the KiMo.

Chanukah Celebration
The annual Chanukah celebration will have music, art and Mayor Berry lighting the giant menorah on Civic Plaza. There will be art and gifts for the kids as well as dreidel spinning. A kosher dinner will follow in the Convention Center. The Pink Flamingos will perform live. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. The fest is on December 9.

Danu: Christmas in Ireland
Danu brings an Irish Christmas to the stage. Enjoy the flutes, bodhran and accordian in classic Irish holiday tunes. See them at Popejoy on December 9.

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