The 2012 River of Lights runs from Saturday, November 24 through Sunday, December 30, and is closed December 24 and 25.
The show runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. November 24 through December 13, and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. December 14 through December 30. There are nearly 400 light sculptures, and for each season, some new sculptures will be on display.
Tickets can be purchased from any ABQ BioPark cashier during regular hours, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily, at the gate beginning at 5:30 p.m., or online. Group discounts are available for groups of 50 or more. Call (505) 764-6212 to purchase group tickets.
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children ages 3-12.
Hours: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 11/24 - 12/13; 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. 12/14 - 12/30.
What to Expect
The River of Lights provides a place to enjoy the holiday season. In addition to the light sculptures, there is always something else going on, from carolers to a snowman display house to the opportunity to have Supper with Santa. Visiting the River of Lights is fun for the entire family.
Each year, the River of Lights has new sculptures on display. Over 150 displays will dazzle and glow to become larger than life displays. Some displays are animated, others in 3D. The display is based in a botanic garden, so there are plants such as cactus and yucca, but there are also spiders, birds, zoo animals and trucks. The displays expand every year, some life sized, and others larger than life. All are fun.
Tips Before Heading Out:
Parking is free and there are always spaces at the Botanic Gardens lot. On busy nights, the lots by the Heritage Farm and Tingley Beach are used for overflow.
Park and Ride
Enjoy this free service on select nights and beat the traffic snarl. Note: Park and Ride is NOT wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking can be found at the Aquarium/Botanic Garden parking lots.
Friday and Saturday nights: November 24 and 30, December 1, 7, 8, and every night, December 14 - 30.
Park and Ride Locations
ABQ BioPark Zoo
903 Tenth Street SW (school bus ride)
1800 Tingley SW (train or shuttle ride)
See images of River of Lights displays.
Visit the city of Albuquerque website about the River of Lights.