This week in Albuquerque you’ll find a plethora of ways to ring in the new decade complete with opera performances, hotel parties and even Buster Keaton films!
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Ring in the NEW YEAR with a NIGHT in Havana! We're thrilled to feature international recording artist, Grammy & Latin Grammy nominee KARINA NUVO. "Nuvo" Jazz mixed with Latin Soul, infused with a whole lot of Cubana Spice! Get ready for a DIVA-licious night as Karina Nuvo showcases her incredible range of R&B, disco, and Latin jazz, in both English & Spanish. And back by popular demand, DJ Alissa Divine will be keeping the dance floor hot. Reservations Required.
Join us on New Year's Eve 2019 as we celebrate the end of a decade and look forward to a new one starting in 2020! Enjoy DJ, dancing, drink specials, party favors, a photo booth, light Hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast and midnight and a breakfast buffet from 12:30am-1:30am. We'll also have a palm reader and a tarot card reader to tell you what your future may hold in the new decade. Guests who book a room that evening will receive two tickets as part of our NYE special package.
New Year’s with the Opera is a fun variety show featuring Opera Southwest’s most beloved performers, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, and the Opera Southwest Chamber Orchestra. With a variety of opera favorites and light classics, there is something for everyone to ring in the New Year. This year, for the first time, we offer a family-friendly presentation at 2 pm along with our evening performance at 7 pm. Opera Southwest was founded in 1972 as Albuquerque Opera Theatre by Dr. Edward T. Peter, Maestro Kurt Frederick and others. The 2018-2019 season is Opera Southwest’s 46th year of producing world-class opera in Albuquerque. OSW is a professional, regional company producing two to three major operas per year selected from the best of the standard repertoire. To date OSW has produced over 120 major operas for hundreds of thousands of patrons, and we are especially proud to have mounted 23 world premieres including an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s blockbuster novel Bless Me, Ultima, which made its debut in February 2018. Opera Southwest’s mission stresses community and educational themes, and we have delighted more than 180,000 youngsters with outreach programs and exciting live theater. In this way, Opera Southwest ensures a loyal following in future years as these children grow into adulthood.
Celebrate the New Year 12 hours early at Explora, with our NOON Year’s Eve Family Celebration, 10am-2pm on December 31. We’ll have a countdown and an indoor balloon drop at NOON, of 2,020 balloons! Perfect for everyone who won’t be up at midnight. OPTIONAL: Wear your favorite holiday “UGLY SWEATER” to add to the festive fun for everyone! All exhibits are open for exploration, too. Included with regular admission.
DOUBLE FEATURED (2 MOVIES FOR ONLY ONE PRICE!) No Matinees Sherlock Jr. - Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams himself into the movies he is showing and merges with the figures and the backgrounds on the screen. While dreaming he is Conan Doyle's master detective, he snoops out brilliant discoveries. The Navigator - Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father. whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board!
Celebrate New Year's Eve traditions from around-the-world at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum! Bring the entire family to the Balloon Museum and enjoy international New Year's Eve traditions through crafts, storytelling, dances, music and more! Take a journey through the museum with a scavenger hunt that will highlight various New Year customs while also providing interesting information about our exhibits. See a hot air balloon static display on our north grounds, take pictures at the Photo Selfie Station, learn about different New Year's Eve traditions and the physics of Hot Air Balloons in the 4-D theater and countdown to 12 o'clock noon with a Balloon Drop!! Music & Dance Performances will be at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm in Pugash Hall. Food provided by the Conchitas food truck.
Join Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory and New Mexico Entertainment Magazine for The New Year's Eve Trolley Bar Crawl 2020 - the ultimate New Year's Eve celebration. Your ticket includes private Trolley transportation to 4 participating bars (see website), drink & appetizer specials, and VIP access with no lines and no covers! This exclusive event is limited to 34 party goers. A private luxury vehicle option for a party of 14 is also available for an additional cost.