ALBUQUERQUE, NM (December 3, 2012) – Albuquerque looks forward to hosting the University of Arizona Wildcats and the University of Nevada Wolf Pack for the 2012 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The game will take place on Saturday, December 15th at 11am (Mountain Time; 1pm EDT) at the University of New Mexico Football Stadium. Wolf Pack and Wildcat fans will find Albuquerque to be a culturally rich city full of interesting holiday traditions. If you plan to travel for the game, why not stay a few extra days and experience the unique Southwestern city of Albuquerque, New Mexico? 

Alongside the bowl game, there are many reasons to visit The Land of Enchantment this holiday season. The Visit Albuquerque makes it easy for you to find affordable deals and hotel packages during your stay, even if it’s just a quick weekend getaway; check out for special rates at hotels, coupons from local retailers, restaurants, attractions and more.

Albuquerque is more than 300 years old and is the metropolitan center of New Mexico with more than 800,000 residents. At an altitude of 5,500 feet, with mountains bordering the city and sunny skies 310 days of the year, Albuquerque has a plethora of outdoor activities: hiking, biking, world-class golfing, skiing, snowboarding, hot air ballooning and more. Sandia Peak Ski Area is scheduled to open on December 15th so, depending on weather, fans may want to hit the slopes on Sunday after the game.  

One of the best times to visit Albuquerque is during the holiday season when you can experience a variety of unique festivities. In addition to the game, fans can take in one of the many holiday performances happening that weekend or walk the River of Lights at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. Visit Old Town, Nob Hill or Uptown to finish up your holiday shopping, and be sure to sample some New Mexican cuisine. From traditional food to events, Albuquerque in December is beautiful and full of holiday cheer. To see all holiday events, visit

Experience a weekend getaway to Albuquerque and be part of the excitement as you see a nationally televised football game, finish your holiday shopping and enjoy memorable festivities around the city. Visit for more information on tickets and game festivities.


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