Can you think of a better holiday pastime than indulging in flickering light displays? Albuquerque area is bursting with the festive spirit when the season rolls around. Just grab your family or friends and drive around the city to enjoy the best Christmas lights.
Twinkle Light Parade (December 2, 2023)
Praised for being the most colorful Christmas celebration in ABQ, Twinkle Light Parade in Nob Hill marks the official kick-off of the season. This free community event takes place on Central Avenue in early December. The parade is twinkling all the way along its mile-long route between Washington St. and Girard Blvd. The magic begins around 5:15 pm, but you should try to come early, since the street gets packed with spectators.
Albuquerque Speedway Christmas lights (unconfirmed in 2023)
On the southwest side of the city, you'll find another mind-blowing Christmas light show—Lights of Enchantment at Sandia Speedway. The drive-thru opens in late November with a special Christmas Tree lighting event. Prepare to behold over 350 merry and bright displays between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Admission is $49.95 per car.
River of Lights at ABQ BioPark (November 25–December 30, 2023)
Head to the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden to witness the famous River of Lights, the state's largest walk-through holiday lights show with over 550 light displays. Millions and millions of twinkling bulbs illuminate the paths and alleys from late November through the end of December. Besides Christmas lights, the guests can enjoy loads of seasonal fun, including the rides on Rio Line Train and Polar Bear Express and the visits with Santa.
Albuquerque area holiday lights tour (December)
Lastly, why not leave the driving to others? Instead, lean back and observe the brilliance of the city aglow on the Trolley of Lights. See the flickering Old Town Plaza, Lee Acres, Sunset Memorial Park, and other iconic sites. The trolley departs from Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in mid-to-late December at 6 pm and 8 pm. Besides, the LUX Edition with superstar service departs at 7 pm. For the most exceptional experience, opt for Christmas Eve Luminaria Tour, which is available exclusively on December 24 at 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm.
For the latest updates and details, including tickets, hours of operation, etc., please contact the events' official websites, listed in External Resources below. Also, check out the map suggesting the best options for your stay in Albuquerque.