2006 Holiday Events
The holiday season is alight with special events sure to make your imagination sparkle. Kick off the holidays with the Twinkle Light Parade through downtown Albuquerque the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Enjoy the walk-through River of Lights Holiday Light Festival at the Rio Grande Botanic Garden throughout the holiday season. Take a holiday shopping stroll through Old Town or Nob Hill to enjoy shopping, carolers, luminarias, music and refreshments. Fine arts and crafts holiday shows take place throughout December. Donít miss the seasonís grand finale during the Old Town Luminaria Tours on December 24th.
River of Lights Holiday Light Festival, November 25-December 30, 2006
Walk through display of spectacular light sculptures, food and musical entertainment.
Rio Grande Botanic Garden 505-764-6200. http://www.cabq.gov/biopark
9th Annual Holiday Stroll in Old Town, December 1, 2006
Live entertainment, holiday music, dancers, family activities and the giant Christmas tree lighting at Plaza Don Luis.
7th Annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival - Holiday Show, December 1-3, 2006
EXPO New Mexico: Home of the State Fair
10th Annual Nutcraker on the Rocks, December 1-3, 2006
A modern interpretation of the classic holiday story. A high-energy, beautifully imaginative performance that will put you in the mood for the holidays. National Hispanic Cultural Center. Roy E. Disney center for the Arts. 1701 4th Street SW. 724-4771. http://www. tcketmaster.com
18th Annual Fine Crafts Show, December 1-10, 2006
Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales
A Christmas Story, December 1-24, 2006
"YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!Ē All your favorite elements from the beloved 1983 film are included in this faithful adaptation of the story about Ralphie Parker's quest to get a "Genuine Red Ryder 200 Shot, Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle" under the Christmas Tree. Albuquerque Little Theatre. 224 San Pasquale SW. 242-4750. http://www.albuquerquelittletheatre.org
Christmas Under the Stars - Light Display, December 1-31, 2006
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12th Annual Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll, December 7, 2006
Strolling carolers, luminarias, musicians, refreshments and St. Nick at shops throughout Nob Hill.
Nutcracker, December 8-10, 2006
The New Mexico Ballet Company brings The Nutcracker to Popejoy Hall as an annual holiday treat. With the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovskyís beloved score, the stage at Popejoy becomes a magical wonderland of tin soldiers, battling armies of rats, beautiful snowflakes, flowers, and all the delights of a childís Christmas dreams. University of New Mexico Popejoy Hall Center for the Arts. 881-8999. http://www.nmballet.org
Mariachi Christmas, December 15, 2006
Festive holiday performance featuring the music and traditions of Mexico, accompanied by folklorico dancers. 8 pm. Admission: $37, $32, $29, $20. University of New Mexico, Popejoy Hall Center for the Arts. 877-664-8661 or 925-5858. http://www.tickets.com
Nutcracker, December 15-23, 2006
The Ballet Theater of New Mexico presents an enchanting world where life-size mice battle toy soldiers, snowflakes dance, and delicate sweets entertain. Ballet Theatreís holiday classic has been a family favorite since 1996 and is a great way to relax and reflect on the beauty of the season. KiMo Theatre. 500 Central SW. 888-1054. http://www.btnm.org
Sisterís Christmas Catechism, December 16, 2006
From the creator and producers of Late Nite Catechism comes the all-new holiday special, Sisterís Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magiís Gold. Sisterís been watching too much CSI, but that is not a bad thing when it comes to uncovering laughs. 8 pm. Admission: $37, $32, $29, $22. University of New Mexico, Popejoy Hall Center for the Arts. 877-664-8661 or 925-5858. http://www.tickets.com
A Scottish Christmas , December 17, 2006
Celebrated fiddler, Bonnie Rideout leads a party of legendary Celtic musicians and dancers from Scotland, North American and Ireland who join their talents in a delightful and festive show of tuneful agility. 3:30 pm. Admission: $39, $35, $29, $20. University of New Mexico, Popejoy Hall Center for the Arts. 877-664-8661 or 925-5858. http://www.tickets.com
A Very Merry Pops, December 22, 2006
The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of holiday fun. Sleigh-ride through a musical holiday wonderland at one of the great Albuquerque holiday traditions! 8 pm. National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW. 881-9590. http://www.nmso.org
Luminaria Tour, December 24, 2006
Stay warm this holiday season with the City of Albuquerque and ABQ RIDE by viewing the luminaria displays and other holiday decorations in the Albuquerque Country Club, Old Town, Los Altos and Old Coors neighborhoods. This tour will take place on one night only. Old Town Plaza 505-843-9200 http://www.cabq.gov/transit