The special event attracts thousands of visitors to Old Town with live music and other entertainment, delicious aromas of hot chocolate and spicy treats wafting from area shops and restaurants, and the opportunity to shop for unique gifts at Old Town’s many shops and galleries, many offering special discounts.
To herald the season and get the crowd in a holiday mood, a free concert at San Felipe de Neri Church featuring a brass quintet of talented area professional musicians will create a festive atmosphere with a performance of light classical, popular favorites and holiday music. Because seating inside the church is limited, speakers will be placed outdoors so the holiday crowds can also enjoy the concert. The concert begins at 4 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a seat. The brass quintet is part of The Figueroa Project, An organization dedicated to artistic excellence and to “Redefining the musical experience for our times.”
Following the concert’s end at 5:30 p.m., visitors will gather for the lighting of the giant holiday tree. Mayor Richard J. Berry and other dignitaries will lead in the traditional lighting that marks the “official” beginning of the holiday shopping season in Old Town.
Live entertainment focused on holiday traditions from around the world, with colorfully costumed performers sharing their favorite traditions in many languages. The opportunity to “travel the world” by sharing in those traditions while experiencing the special treasure that is Albuquerque’s Old Town is priceless.
Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation, and With a Rapid Ride stop at the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Rio Grande Blvd., Old Town is accessible to all ages.
The 2011 Holiday Stroll is a cooperative venture between City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department, the Old Town Merchants Association. Sponsors include Plaza Don Luis & AGM radio company,
The Old Town, New Fun, a program that presents many events in Old Town and works year-round to support the continued success of Albuquerque’s historic treasure, is part of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information on this or other events, please call 311 or visit www.OldTownABQ.org. TTY Users call 711.