At the Mauger Estate Bed and Breakfast we hope that all our guests will have the chance to experience some of New Mexico’s incredible culture around the Holidays –there are plenty of unique events to choose from. With average winter temperatures ranging from 30° to 50° you can bundle up and comfortably enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as the River of Lights, Luminaria Tour or New Year’s Eve in the heart of our beautiful city at Civic Plaza. If you prefer indoor events, shopping, or cultural events our city has tons to offer!
For unique gift ideas you may want to visit any of the number of arts and crafts fairs throughout the city and surrounding areas. You might expect to see many local artists creating art in their booths right before your eyes. Art styles range from unique, handcrafted jewelry (specifically Indian jewelry featuring sterling silver, turquoise, coral, and beadwork) to Dia de Los Muertos style artwork by local artist such as Sean Wells. There are usually tons of local food options to sample and purchase like salsas, cookies, red chile hot chocolate, spice mixes, cooking sauces, beef jerky and more. This list just barely scratches the surface of the wonderful items you’ll find for purchase at any of these events.
If you prefer indoor events there are many to choose from as well, each highlighting the best of what New Mexico has to offer. One thing that is so unique to our beloved New Mexico is Panketzaliztli: An Aztec Celebration of the Season. This event is a raising of the banners celebration centered around Mesoamerican creation myths and the history behind traditional holiday customs. This incredible event is held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (a great place for travelers to visit, regardless of time of year, by the way).
RIVER OF LIGHTS
903 10th St SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 – Abq Bio Park
Experience millions of sparkling lights at New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday production with more than 400 glowing light displays and animated sculptures and a synchronized music light show.
Closed Dec. 24, 25.
Buy tickets in advance, beginning Nov. 1 or at the gate.
PANKETZALIZTLI: AN AZTEC CELEBRATION OF THE SEASON
Dec 3 at 7:30 PM to Dec 4 at 2 PM
Kalpulli Ehekatl/Ehekatl Aztec Dancers and Friends present Panketzaliztli, a theatrical performance in three acts. The presentation, an Aztec celebration of the season, draws upon Mesoamerican creation myths and the history behind traditional holiday customs and includes a lyrically performed version of the Panketzaliztli (Alzamiento de los Estandartes, or Raising of the Banners) celebration, a retelling of the history of Yankwik Tletl (Fuego Nuevo, or the New Fire Ritual, performed during Panketzaliztli every 52 years), and, as a closing act, the Serpent of Fire Dance.
$12 w/ $2 discount for students, seniors &NHCC members
The walk-through displays feature handcrafted characters. The Bugg Lights have been a local tradition for over 40 years. The Bugg lights are now on display at the Harvey House Museum in Belen, and while the display is free, donations are welcome, to help support the many volunteers who helped make it happen. Bugg lights begin November 26 and continue through December 31, Sunday – Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.
THE LIGHTS OF KUAUA
The evening of holiday fun at Coronado Monumentincludes luminarias, a bonfire, a visit from Santa, Native dancers, biscochito cookies, hot apple cider and cocoa. Kids can make their own Christmas ornament. There will be music, traditional Pueblo dances and Native American storytelling. Look for children’s activities and food trucks. It happens Sunday, December 4, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
at Coronado Monument, Hwy 550, Bernalillo.
December 24, 2016
Location: Albuquerque Convention Center
401 Second St. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
Admission: Adults $3, Children ages 10-18 and Seniors $1.70.
Enjoy an annual New Mexican tradition! Let ABQ Ride take you through a twinkling wonderland in Old Town, a festively-adorned Albuquerque Country Club and other hot spots decked out for the holidays.
NEW YEAR’S EVE ON CIVIC PLAZA
December 31, 2016
Location: Civic Plaza
1 Civic Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Ring in 2017 with the City of Albuquerque on Civic Plaza! New Year’s Eve on the Plaza will be from 9 p.m. – midnight on December 31. This free event is the place to be for the final seconds of 2016.