Every year, Twinkle Light Parade kicks off the Christmas holidays in Albuquerque. The dazzling parade lights up a mile-long section of Central Avenue and historic Nob Hill neighbourhood. Hundreds of floats, marching bands, dancing elves cars, illuminated bikes, and of course, Santa Claus, will entertain the public between Washington St. and Girard Blvd.
The Twinkle Light Parade is a family-friendly community event that is comprised of local businesses, schools, community groups, and various organizations. Parade entries are competing for the annual Best in Show award. The spirit of competition between different associations and groups makes The Twinkle Light Parade unique, as participants demonstrate much creativity, zest, and sense of humour.
On the day of the parade, Central Avenue closes to traffic from 2 to 10 p.m. Local shops and other businesses take advantage of this time to present parade-goers various special offers and promotions. So plan to arrive and see the parade early, to shop, and to occupy your spot along Central ASvenue among thousands of spectators. The parade starts at about 5:15 p.m. when the darkness falls on Albuquerque, and the Central Avenue starts to glow with thousands of twinkling lights.