Good morning!

Last night we went to the River of Lights & I couldn’t help but think what a great event this would be for our guests! There were many, many people, young & old, families & couples, visiting the botanical gardens to view the millions of twinkling lights & hundreds of holiday displays at New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show. The entry fees were so reasonable, the ambiance was cheerful & bright; every person we saw had a smile on their face. It was just a really great time & we hope that you might enjoy it as well!

The following is copied from the City of Albuquerque website which can be found here.


Live Music

Local musicians bring holiday cheer with performances during River of Lights. View this year’s schedule of performers.

Dinner at the Shark Reef Cafe

The Shark Reef Cafe will be open for Supper with Santa on Dec. 10 – 23 and evening holiday dining on Dec. 26 – 30. Reservations are recommended. Please call (505) 848-7182.

Holiday Nature Crafts

BioPark Education offers free Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building the first three Wednesdays.

G-Scale Model Railroad

Special holiday trains chug through the Garden Railroad exhibit from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, weather and volunteer staff permitting.


In 1997, River of Lights began as a fundraiser for the BioPark. Today, proceeds continue to support a variety of ABQ BioPark projects through the New Mexico BioPark Society.

Each year’s show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen. Check back for more on what is new this year!


A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent during River of Lights.

For more information or to reserve a wheelchair in advance, please call (505) 848-7182 or email