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Christmas in Albuquerque

Find Luminarias, Lights Displays, Christmas Trees and More


Christmas in Albuquerque lasts from mid-November through December's end, making for a long and festive holiday season. Find traditional Nutcracker ballets, theater, music, and a special luminaria tour. There are dining options for those looking for dinner on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, light displays to put a twinkle in your eye, parades, carolers and more.

Holiday Events

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Whether you're dreaming of a White Christmas, looking for a holiday crafts fair or trying to decide which Nutcracker you want to see most, there are a wonderful number of choices available for celebrating the holidays in Albuquerque.

Christmas Dining

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Sometimes you're too busy to cook during the holidays, or you're busy working that day. If you decide to treat yourself to some special dining, discover your options.

Twinkle Light Parade

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Thanksgiving isn't the same without the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and for Albuquerque, the Twinkle Light Parade has become the kickoff of the holiday season. Find out where to see the parade, where to park, and more.

River of Lights

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The rope light sculptures shaped into beasts, birds and other animals, as well as stars, snowflakes and trains, makes every holiday season a great deal of fun in Albuquerque. Visit the River of Lights to see the newest sculptures, watch the Snoopy garden train, and hear the carolers sing.

Luminaria Tours

Luminarias are just one of the things that make Albuquerque unique. Trod over to Old Town to take the walking tour, or snuggle up with a loved one on a warm and cozy bus. See the paper lanterns this holiday season, a true visual delight.

What is a Luminaria?

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The humble paper bag lantern has its roots in history. Find out more about where this tradition began. No matter how it shines, it is simply beautiful.

Bugg Lights Display

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The Bugg lights started in the northeast heights, moved to a shopping center north of Albuquerque for a few years, and has now found a permanent home at the Menaul School. Good thing, too, because this is a popular favorite for good reason.

Cutting Your Christmas Tree

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It's a holiday tradition from yesteryear, but that doesn't mean it still doesn't exist. If cutting your own tree is what you want to do, there are some possibilities. In our family, it has become a holiday tradition.

A Christmas Carol Disney Train

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This Christmas season, Disney has released its own version of A Christmas Carol. Take a behind the scenes look at the Disney train that stopped in Albuquerque in the summer of 2009.
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