This week in Albuquerque kicks off with a Christmas tree lighting, the annual twinkle light parade, lots of shopping, and even a fun Star Wars holiday twist!

Watch our weekly segment on KRQE / Fox New Mexico (Channel 13-2)  on Wednesday mornings at 7:35 to stay up to date with events in Albuquerque. Then check out our ABQ365 calendar to find all the event details and use the hashtags #ABQevents and #ThingsToDoABQ to join the conversation on social media!  

Old Town Holiday Shop & Stroll and Tree Lighting

There is no better place to experience the magic of the holiday season than Historic Old Town for the annual Old Town Holiday Stroll. Live entertainment will fill the streets in anticipation for the traditional lighting of the Old Town Christmas tree.  Be sure to take advantage of discounts and specials offered during this jolly event by local businesses, restaurants, and museums in the area. Sip hot chocolate and enjoy live entertainment in the plaza in anticipation for the annual lighting of Albuquerque's largest Christmas Tree. The tradition holds a special meaning for the Aceves family. 2017 marked the tree lighting ceremony's silver anniversary, and the first since the passing of Henry Aceves, longtime Old Town business owner and the one who, along with his wife Karen, began the tree lighting community tradition. 

Twinkle Light Parade

It's time for Albuquerque's brightest celebration, the Twinkle Light Parade. This family-friendly holiday event will roll through Historic Nob Hill on Central Ave. between Washington St. and Girard Blvd., and will feature hundreds of floats, marching bands, cars, bikes and of course, Mr. Claus.

Baila! Baila and the NHCC Present Christmas in New Mexico®

Baila! Baila!’s annual holiday show is a whirlwind extravaganza, taking audiences on a journey through the sights and sounds of Christmas in New Mexico. Music, song, and dance with the traditional Southwestern flair that has been cultivated in our state over the generations, as well as unique segments saluting Christmas traditions from around the world, will delight theatregoers of all ages. In 2019, Baila! Baila! will be celebrating their 30th year in spectacular fashion. Christmas in New Mexico features a large multigenerational cast including dancers as young as six, as well as Baila! Baila!’s professional company dancers. Special guest performances include a live mariachi and an appearance by company founder Israela Garcia.

Pueblo Shop & Stroll

Holiday joy and festivities come to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center with our annual Pueblo Shop & Stroll. Shop a bazaar featuring Native artists selling handcrafted clay ornaments, Nativity sets, jewelry, art, and gifts. Meanwhile, kids will have fun with holiday arts and crafts. At day’s end, enjoy a special nighttime Native dance while sipping hot cocoa beside the bonfire or strolling among hundreds of luminarias.

2019 Festival of Trees – Weekend of Wonder

Join us for An Evening of Enchantment to kick off the 12th Annual Festival of Trees!  The 12th Annual Festival of Trees is a winter wonderland experience open to families and children of all ages. All proceeds go directly to CTHF to support children with physical disabilities.  The weekend starts on December 6th at 6p.m. with an Evening of Enchantment, a non-traditional gala that includes live entertainment and a silent auction.  Festival of Trees continues through the weekend with our public viewing of the trees on Saturday, December 7th from 9a.m. – 5:30p.m. and Sunday, December 8th from 10a.m. – 6p.m.  Our Polar Express Night, Saturday December 7th from 6p.m. – 9p.m., is a family-night viewing of the classic Christmas movie under the twinkling lights of the trees.  Evening of Enchantment is not your typical gala. Wander through the twinkle of lights of over 100 uniquely decorated trees and over 250 wreaths to start your holiday season! Along with live music, entertainment and many other special surprises you will enjoy a one of a kind evening supporting the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.

2019 Spanish Winter Market

Authentic 400 year old traditions and innovative Spanish Colonial style artwork, made by New Mexico artists. Come and join this Hispanic festival including art, local music, food, demonstrations and more. Interact personally with extraordinary artists; learn about their traditions; take home a special purchase to add to a collection or give as a gift.

A Very Star Wars Christmas

When Darth Vader complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Forcemas season, Queen Amidala suggests that he become director of the school Forcemas pageant. Vader accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Forcemas tree fails, he needs Yoda’s help to learn the real meaning of the Force.  This Star Wars satire has all of your favorite characters and includes four original songs written just for this production. Yoda says, “Enjoy this show you will”. Jar Jar Binks says, “Yousa will be bombad laughing allsa daysa!”