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December Albuquerque Calendar of Events

December Events in Albuquerque

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December 2008 Events in Albuquerque
What to See and Do
Happy Holidays

Nothing is more magical than the holidays in Albuquerque. From the glow of luminarias to neighborhood Posadas, the city hums with festivities at this time of year. Check the list below for what's happening with theaters, concerts, and special events. The list is in date order.

November 29
Twinkle Lights Parade
What: The parade features floats, cars and marchers take the two mile trek to officially bring Santa to the Botanic Gardens at this annual holiday event. Families line the sidewalks along the way.
Where: Starts at Central and 3rd; ends at the Botanic Gardens.
Time: Starts at 5:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

November 29 & 30, December 6 & 7
The Nutcracker Ballet with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra
What: The classic tale, staged as a play, features music with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and dancing from the New Mexico Ballet Company.
Where: Popejoy Hall
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

November 29 through December 30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25)
River of Lights
What: A sculptured light show dazzles visitors who walk through the Botanic Gardens to see the ever changing displays. There is also a garden scale Christmas train and free ice skating for children who bring their own skates. A rotating schedule of special activities for kids make this different every night.
Where: The Rio Grande Botanic Gardens. Park in the Heritage Farm lot.
Time: From 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: $7 for adults; $3 for children 3-12.

December 9
Mariachi Christmas
What: Popejoy Presents the Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara with the Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte to bring the musical and dance traditions of Mexico to the stage.
Where: Popejoy Hall at UNM
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Varies

December 13 through 24
Nutcracker Ballet
What: The classic tale told through music and dance has been a local favorite since 1996.
Where: KiMo Theater
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 20
Forever Friends Celebration
What: The City of Albuquerque sponsors a pet adoption celebration that includes music, food, and information from pet experts.
Where: The Eastside Animal Shelter
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Through December 21
Miracle on 34th Street
What: The classic holiday story is part of the ALT's Family Theater Series.
Where: Albuquerque Little Theater
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 24
Luminaria Tour
What: The City of Albuquerque offers tour buses that take you on a sparkling night ride to see the luminarias, those special southwestern lights.
Where: Tours wend through the Old Town and Country Club neighborhoods. Buses leave the UNM PIT parking lot about every 25 minutes.
Time: Departure times are 5:20, 5:45, 6:10, 6:50, 7:15, and 7:40.
Cost: $7 per person; children under 5 are free.

Through December 21
Holiday Photos with St. Nick
What: Kids get their photo taken with Santa. Sponsored by Its About Time Photos.
Where: Historic Old Town
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on December weekends.
Cost: Varies

December 11 & 12
Pojoaque Pueblo Feast Day Celebrations
What: Vespers and processions, and special dances with Matachine dancers.
Where: Pojoaque Pueblo
Time: 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and 10 a.m. Dec. 12

December 12 through 28
Scrooge the Musical
What: The classic Christmas Carol rendition with singing and dancing.
Where: Muscial Theater Southwest
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies

December 12 through January 5
La Guadalupana
What: For 84 years, families from the St. Francis Xavier parish erect shrines to La Virgen de Guadalupe in front of their homes to honor her feast day on December 12. The community also celebrates with a neighborhood procession and Matachine dancers. A special exhibit on the event will be housed at the South Broadway Cultural Center.
Where: The South Broadway Neighborhood, in conjunction with St. Xavier parish, and the South Broadway Cultural Center.
Time: After 5 p.m. mass on Dec. 13, and after 10:30 a.m. mass Dec. 14 for the procession, and Dec. 12 - Jan. 5 for the exhibit.
Cost: Varies

December 19 & 20
A Very Merry Pops
What: The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra presents classic holiday music for the family.
Where: Popejoy Hall
Time: Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.
Cost: Varies

December 20
New Mexico Bowl
What: The third annual New Mexico Bowl features Colorado State vs. Fresno State this year.
Where: UNM Football Stadium
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Varies

December 21
Tomaseen Foley's Celtic Christmas
What: Popejoy Presents brings storytelling in the Irish tradition, with music and dance.
Where: Popejoy Hall
Time: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Varies

December 24 through 28
Native American Feast Day Celebrations
What: Special pueblo dances and processions.
Where: San Juan, Pojoaque, Jemez, Taos, Laguna, Acoma, Tesuque and San Ildefonso Pueblos. Contact the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for specific times and cultural customs.
When: Varies
Cost: Free (no cameras allowed)

December 31
New Year's Eve Party with the O'Jays
What: Dance in the New Year with songs and music from the O'Jays.
Where: Isleta Palace
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: Varies

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