This week in Albuquerque you can stroll though millions of sparkling holiday lights, gaze upon glowing luminarias, and even go ice skating on Civic Plaza!

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!  

River of Lights

Experience millions of glowing, sparkling lights and over 150 dazzling light displays, animated sculptures and synchronized music light show at New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday production. 

Light Among the Ruins

The ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos.  Each evening’s program will include traditional Native American flute music and Jemez Pueblo dancers’ performing between two illuminating bon-fires. The Historic Site will also host an arts and crafts fair and have food available for purchase.

New Mexico Artisan Market

The holidays begin at New Mexico Artisan Market.  Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list…and, oh yeah, treat yourself too.  The New Mexico Artisan Market (NMAM) is a holiday market event showcasing only local New Mexican Artists and Artisans.  This 3-day market event – over Thanksgiving weekend—highlights over 150 local artisans and artisanal makers who are exceptional in their creative fields.  Enjoy the best of New Mexican artistry in a variety of categories including fine are, jewelry, fashion, gift items, home décor, furniture, artisan chocolates, botanical perfumes and skin care, painting, potter, illustration, weaving and so much more.  Preview our artisans at


Winterfest will back on the plaza! This a free event to start off the holiday season on Civic Plaza! There are lots of great local vendors for all your Christmas shopping needs! Santa Claus will be making a stop for kids to talk to! It is also the grand opening of the Holiday Ice Qube Skating Rink Season! Skating is free; skate rentals are $3. There will be comfort food, lots of holiday treats, hot cocoa, eggnog and adult libations to warm you up! And all of the Civic Plaza Christmas decorations will be up. Don’t miss this family-friendly holiday tradition on Civic Plaza!

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival:  Holiday Show

Kick-off holiday shopping while supporting artists! Shoppers can find the most memorable and original gifts, whether it’s a whimsical piece of pottery, a handmade leather belt, one-of-a-kind jewelry or a striking piece of fine art. It’s no surprise that this festival takes the turkey when it comes to New Mexico’s Thanksgiving Weekend traditions!  Enjoy festive music all day long in both halls! Local carolers, musicians, bands, & pianists gather to spread holiday cheer. Take a break from your shopping to grab some food and listen to the tunes on one of the two plazas. Kiddos can also get in the spirit with entertainment & holiday themed activities just for them!  Shop gifts that everyone will love - FOOD! Grab some fine chocolates, local honey, natural dips, hearty soup mixes, oils & more. Come for the gifts, stay for the samples! Make your way down Culinary Row with an empty stomach and you won't be disappointed.

Performance:  The Nutcracker

Kick off your holiday season with the professionals of the New Mexico Ballet Company and the timeless tale of the Nutcracker. Enjoy the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Rat King and travel to the Land of Sweets. Set to Tchaikovsky’s original musical score, performed by the New Mexico Philharmonic, and featuring new choreography by Evelyn Cisneros-Legate, this ballet is the one to see this holiday season. This year's production will shine a bit brighter with special performances by current New York City Ballet stars! Opening THANKSGIVING WEEKEND, don't miss the magic of the Nutcracker!

Concert:  Goo Goo Dolls-Twas the Performance Before Christmas

Isleta Resort & Casino is proud to welcome the Goo Goo Dolls and American Idol winner, Maddie Poppe, to the all-new Isleta Showroom