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Things To Do on Christmas Day in Albuquerque


The presents have been unwrapped and it's hours before the big dinner. What's a mother to do? Here's a list of ideas to help keep you and yours busy on Christmas day. Some are sedentary and others require you get out and move around, which may not be a bad idea. Whatever you decide, there's no place like Albuquerque for the holidays.

Go Bowling

Both bowling alleys offer other games, such as air hockey and games of chance. Isleta has lazer tag as well.

Isleta Fun Connection
11000 Broadway SE
(877) 747-5382
Hours: 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Santa Ana Starlight Lanes
Jemez Canyon Dam Road - Santa Ana Pueblo
(505) 867-0000
Hours: 2 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Hit the Slopes

Take a short drive to the Sandia Crest and go skiing or snowboarding, enjoying the great outdoors. Sandia Ski Area is open and all runs are in operation. There are ski rentals if you don't have your own, and snowboarding runs have great appeal for the tweens and teens. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Hit the Casinos

The casinos are open on Christmas day, offering everything from bingo to slots.

Isleta Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
11000 Broadway SE, Albuquerque
(877) 747-5382

Route 66 Casino
14500 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque
(505) 352-7866

Sandia Casino and Resort
30 Rainbow Blvd NE, Albuquerque
(505) 798-3700

Santa Ana Star Casino
Jemez Canyon Dam Road, Santa Ana, NM
(505) 867-0000

San Felipe Casino Hollywood
25 Hagon Road, Algodones, NM
(505) 867-6700

See a Movie

For some families, seeing a movie on Christmas Day is part of their holiday tradition. The season features family films and holiday themed stories, and movies provide a great place to relax and unwind.

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Hit the Trails

The City of Albuquerque's Open Space division has miles of trails in all parts of the city. Find one near you and enjoy the outdoors.

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Eat Out

The range of Albuquerque area restaurants open on Christmas day has widened beyond the usual casino and hotel options. But they're sure to be busy, so make a reservation if you decide not to cook this year.

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