Once upon a time—20 years ago to be exact—the city of Burque lit up the BioParkBotanic Gardens with a festival of lights calling it the River of Lights, making it New Mexico’s largest light show. It’s not the holiday season in New Mexico until you find yourself surrounded by light sculptures of all shapes and sizes with a hot cider between your cold hands. Bring the family, take your sweetie or even take your friends on a date. Adult tickets are only $12 and tickets for kids are $6. Aside from being closed on Dec. 24-25, the event lasts until Dec. 30, so go more than once from 6-9:30pm to really soak up the holiday spirit.
It may seem like a giant leap to get to the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center this Wednesday, Dec. 7, by 6pm, but it's actual a small step (or rather, a short drive) for you and your family. Don't miss out on stargazing with astronomers from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and The Albuquerque Astronomical Society. Hang with the most knowledgeable locals to learn more about stars, constellations and other things in the night sky (Is that a satellite you see every night or just a UFO?) for a donation. If the gods decide that we shouldn't see the sky Wednesday night, you can always jet over to UNM for The Albuquerque Astronomical Society's Friday Nights at the UNM Observatory. (Megan Reneau)
Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (Cedar Crest)