What is the holiday season without a parade? The city of Albuquerque Twinkle Light Parade celebrates the season with the kind of glitter and glam you expect from this holiday event. Each year, neighborhood associations, specialty groups and clubs put together a parade entry decorated in holiday lights. Albuquerque’s entries are unique to the city. Where else can you find a parade with low rider car clubs?
The parade usually falls around the same time as the annual Nob Hill Shop and Stroll. For 2012, the event is moving. This year, the parade will be part of the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll. Shopping this year can take place after the parade in Nob Hill, where merchants will be open late. Central will be closed off to cars from noon until midnight to make shopping a relaxed affair.
Another thing that makes the Albuquerque Twinkle Light Parade special is the fun you can continue to enjoy after the parade. Enter the Rio Grande Botanic Gardens for the special River of Lights display. There is plenty of glitter and shine, with lit scenes scattered throughout the gardens, lighting up the dark. Kids especially love the garden railroad all decked out in Christmas finery, commandeered by Santa Snoopy. And speaking of Santa Claus, he’s on hand too.
When: Saturday, December 1, starting at 5:15 p.m.
Where: The parade begins at Washington Avenue, heading west to Girard. That's a full mile of floats and fun.
Cost: The parade is free.
Where to Watch the Parade
Watch the parade along Central between Washington and Girard.
Prepare for the Parade
See the city of Albuquerque's information on the Twinkle Light Parade.