Albuquerque, NM - It wouldn't be the holidays in New Mexico without Mariachi Christmas. Returning for its 19th year, the show brings an authentic Mexican celebration to the Popejoy stage. Music and dance combine for a performance filled with energy, tradition, and Christmas spirit. Experience holiday bliss and rich heritage atPopejoy Hall on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.Mariachi Aztlán and Ballet Folklórico, both from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), come together for a holiday celebrationwith Mariachi Christmas. This performance tells the story of Christmas through Mexican holiday traditions. Mariachi music combines with vibrant folk dance in a unique and festive holiday celebration. Named after the ancestral home of Aztecs, Mariachi Aztlán performs traditional mariachi with passion. Theirensemble includes violinists, guitarists, trumpeters, and other skilled musicians. The group has toured across Mexico, the United States, and Canada, sharing Mariachi music throughout North America. They arenationally recognized for their performances, some of which include playing at the White House and collaborating with Houston Grand Opera to create the world's first "Mariachi-Opera." UTRGV's Ballet Folklórico dance group from brings vibrant energy to every performance. The group has been showcased in dance conferences across the country and has toured across Europe, bringing Mexicanheritage wherever they go through traditional folk dance. The talent of their thirty-two members combines with colorful costumes in a performance full of swirling colors and intricate movement. Tickets for Mariachi Christmas will be on sale for $61, $41, $31, and $20. Tickets can be purchased at UNM Ticket Offices at the UNM Bookstore and Dreamstyle Arena (The Pit). Tickets can be purchased online at or To charge by phone, call (877) 664-8661 or (505) 925-5858. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling (505) 344-1779.