5 Fun Holiday Activities in ABQ

1. Santa Photos with The Hartsocks! An Albuquerque Tradition!

The Hartsocks are ABQ famous and really know how to put together spectacular photo events that are fun for the whole family!

Their Santa Mini Sessions are always full of fun and excitement.

Don’t miss your chance to meet the REAL Santa and even get some pics with the Grumpy Green Guy, The Grinch himself!

Follow the link to book your mini session and hurry because the slots fill up really fast!


2. The Twinkle Light Parade

This bright and beautiful parade is happening on Saturday December 4th at 5:15PM in Historic Nob Hill on Central Ave. between Washington St. and Girard Blvd.

You won’t want to miss this once a year event featuring hundreds of floats, decorated cars and motorcycles, marching bands and Santa Clause himself. For more information follow the link:


3. Old Town Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting

Old Town is so festive and beautiful during the holiday season and with so many great restaurants and locally owned galleries and shops it is the perfect place to spend an evening taking in the wonder of our incredible city.

The Old Town Holiday Stroll takes place on Friday December 3rd from 5:00-9:00PM.

There will be a tree lighting at 6:00 so make sure to get there early so you are able to find parking, grab a hot chocolate and enjoy the magic!

Follow the link for more great information:


4. River of Lights

The Albuquerque Botanical Gardens hosts a magical event every year that will be sure to delight the whole family!

Don’t miss the River of Lights where you get to explore the beautiful Botanical Gardens grounds decorated with amazing displays and sculptures of lights.

The attention to detail is unbelievable and the displays are so impressive and larger than life.

River of Lights was voted in the top 10 in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice for Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights in 2020.

Make sure to book your tickets early because they will sell out! Follow the link, tickets are on sale now for 2021:


5. Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Holiday Attraction

The Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru is a fun event that will run from November 24 – January 2, 2022 at the EXPO NM located at 300 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque.

This years event will also feature a walking section to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds while grabbing a cup of hot cocoa and meeting Santa!

Grab your tickets here: