Visiting Albuquerque during the holidays may be the ideal time to see the very best that our city has to offer. The festive holiday celebrations and the special events feature some of our most delicious food and warmest traditions. Even driving around town to see the creative decorations with a hot cup of cocoa is a great time. For those of you looking for suggestions, here are a few of our favorite things to see and do during the holidays in ABQ.
Old Town Plaza
Enjoy the glow of the historic adobe architecture in the warm light of the farolitos or luminarias that line the streets, rooftops and gazebo of our quaint Old Town Plaza. Not only do they have great shops for browsing art and gifts, but they also have several options for authentic New Mexican food with plenty of special holiday treats. Also, be sure to take note of this year’s 55-foot Christmas tree which is made up of 155 trees, all from a certified tree farm in Rociada, N.M. An annual tradition started by the Aceves’ family 25 years ago.
Skating in the Civic Plaza
The civic plaza located within a few short blocks of the B&B features a special pop-up skating rink during the holiday season. Be courageous and go for a spin around the rink to get you in the holiday spirit. Skating is free but skate rentals are $3- a small price to pay for classic holiday fun.
Legendary Local Christmas Light Displays
One of the most legendary displays in the city is constructed annually by a local family. The Bugg Lights have been an Albuquerque area tradition for decades. The Bugg family began the tradition in 1970 in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque and continued while their children were growing. When the display became too large for its small street, they were retired for several years until the Menaul School hosted them for several years. Now they’ve found new life in Belen at the Harvey House museum which can be accessed via the Railrunner for easy transportation.
The best activity to do all year round in NM is eat. However, during the winter the food gets EVEN BETTER. Seasonal specialties like tamales, biscochitos, pasole, and empanadas are worth trying. We suggest sampling these tasty holiday treats at Sadie’s, Garcia’s, or Cocina Azul.