Five ways to enjoy Albuquerque while in town for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Five ways to enjoy Albuquerque while in town for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl

1. Holiday Events

Get in the spirit of the season with events designed to warm your soul, from the River of Lights at the ABQ BioPark, holiday-themed theatre performances or the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory's Trolley of Lights Tour. Head to our ABQ365 events calendar for a complete listing of events happening during your visit!

2. Wrap up Holiday Shopping

Get your friends and family gifts that are uniquely Albuquerque, and that can't be found everywhere. From an incredible selection of turquoise jewelry and Southwestern art to wreaths made of chiles (ristras) and hot air balloon merchandise, Albuquerque gifts won't soon be forgotten, unlike that sweater Grandma bought you last year. For ideas and shopping districts, like the popular Old Town and Uptown areas, click here.

3. Reach New Heights

What better way to get an overview of this beautiful city than from up above? Albuquerque is the "Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World", and you'll see the colorful orbs dotting the sky each morning. A hot air ballooning experience is also a perfect pre-holiday gift experience to share with your loved ones. The Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway is another excellent way to experience the vast beauty of this region. The ride takes visitors up to the 10,378-foot elevation observation deck, where 11,000 square miles are visible on a clear day.

4. Warm up, Albuquerque-style

Yes, you have lots of choices for Mexican food. But you know what will keep you warmer? NEW MEXICAN food! Red and green chiles are the characteristic identifier of our unique cuisine, and can be found in nearly every dish here, from breakfast burritos to chile-flecked fudge. Don't worry - it's not considered taboo to order your chile on the side, so that you can control the heat. Want your dish smothered in both? Tell your server you'll have "Christmas."

5. Play Outside

Take advantage of Albuquerque's sunny skies and mild December temperatures and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're learning about local history on a hike at Petroglyph National Monument, checking out the greens at a local resort golf course or taking the Bike and Brew Tour from Routes Rentals & Tours, there is an abundance of outdoor fun to be had. Click here to see all the outdoor adventure options in Albuquerque. 


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Heather has lived in Albuquerque since early 2014 and loves experiencing everything the city has to offer. She's especially enjoys discovering culinary gems that highlight local cuisine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband and son, and trying to become addicted to exercise.


Heather was the Senior Communications & Tourism Manager for Visit Albuquerque until February 2015. The opinions shared on this blog are her own.   

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