River of Lights in Albuquerque

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Celebrate the holidays with a river of glowing lights in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city literally glows at night during the Christmas season, in part due to the traditional luminarias and also thanks to colorful lighted parades and displays.
River of Lights
Luminarias have been a New Mexican tradition for hundreds of years, thanks to the large Hispanic population. Illuminated primarily on Christmas Eve, luminarias are brown paper bags containing votive candles for light and sand for weight. Sometimes, designs are cut into the paper bags depicting favorite holiday themes. Historically, luminaries have also been made using tin cans or other objects with holes punched into them in interesting patterns. Traditionally, luminarias were lighted in the street to guide Joseph and Mary, as well as to guide people to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass. And while they may yet serve the same function today, their display is primarily for the beauty and joy of the townsfolk.

During the holidays season, you’ll find streets throughout the city lined with luminaries, providing Christmas cheer with their low, ethereal light. On Christmas Eve, the main plaza of Albuquerque is lighted with thousands of luminarias and has become a favorite place for people to stroll and share the magic of the season.

Visitors to Albuquerque will have a chance to visit the Albuquerque Biological Park’s River of Lights display. Enjoy the magic of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights in a dazzling holiday display at New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show. Each year, the show unveils new ingenious light sculptures and displays that are constructed by artists and craftsmen at the park. For example, in the Butterfly Pavilion, you will find an extremely large moving butterfly created from colorful Christmas lights. Other places you can find animals, flowers, snowmen, and other Christmas themes, some animated, and others stationary, but all beautiful.

The festivities at the Biological Park will also feature a unique displays, live music most nights, “Supper with Santa” and Holiday Dining, a special holiday model railroad train and Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building and more.

For more details, visit the official website of Albuquerque, New Mexico at http://www.cabq.gov.

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