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Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza on Christmas Eve is aglow in luminarias, paper sacks with candles.Albuquerque’s Previous City Plaza on Christmas Eve is aglow in luminarias, paper sacks with candles. — Photo courtesy of Steve Larese

Albuquerque embraces the vacation season with a full calendar of occasions. Listed below are a couple of of the Duke Metropolis’s largest festivals that’ll make the largest Scrooge smile.

New in Albuquerque this yr is the 25th Annual Winter Spanish Market, Nov. 29-30. Held in Santa Fe prior to now, this occasion at Lodge Albuquerque close to Previous City is the oldest and largest Spanish Market within the nation. It options the work of greater than 100 members of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and included conventional tin punching, portray, retablos and different conventional New Mexico artwork varieties. 

Additionally opening the weekend of Nov. 29 is the first-ever Cliff’s Magical Christmas. Albuquerque favourite Cliff’s Amusement Park opens for the winter by Dec. 29 with a lightweight show, music, vacation meals, Santa Claus and amusement rides. 

Be a part of Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry as he helps mild New Mexico’s largest Menorah on the Civic Plaza Chanukah Celebration, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. (401 2nd St. NW). The celebration continues after within the Conference Heart with a kosher dinner, child actions and performances by the Pink Flamingos and Eli Marcus ($8 adults, $5 kids). Click on here for extra info and reservations.

Talking of lights, the ABQ Biopark’s annual River of Lights is a beloved Albuquerque custom that wows crowds Nov. 30-Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 24 and 25). Stroll New Mexico’s largest mild show as carolers sing and scorching chocolate flows nightly 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lots of of sunshine shows depicting crops, animals and vacation scenes set the grounds aglow. Admission is $10 (kids 3 to 13 are $5; kids youthful than 3 are free).

Previous City will get into the vacation spirit Dec. 6 with its annual Old Town Holiday Stroll and lighting of the tree at Don Luis Plaza, adopted by the arrival of Santa Claus. Free live shows start at 4 p.m., with the lighting at 6:10 p.m. and Santa Parade after. Lots of of luminarias line the Plaza – a precursor to the 1000’s that can flicker on Christmas Eve. On Dec. 24, all of Previous City is printed with luminarias as carolers sing and the recent chocolate flows. 

The following day, Dec. 7, Nob Hill is awash in luminarias and household leisure midday to 10 p.m. for its annual Nob Hill Shop and Stroll and Twinkle Light Parade. The parade begins at 5:15 p.m. on the nook of Central and Girard and travels west on Central. 

New Mexico is predicted to have a terrific ski season this yr, and relying on the snow Sandia Ski Area hopefully opens to skiers and shredders this month, and sledders will love the free Sandia Snow Play Space. Tubing and sledding convey households to the open slope south of the ski space, which often has sufficient powder for these actions even when the ski space isn’t open but. Snowshoeing at 10,000 ft is one other widespread native exercise on the prime of Sandia Mountain. Take the Sandia Tram to the highest, or drive up the bottom of the mountain to the crest by way of windy N.M. 536. 

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