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Christmas in Albuquerque 2021: What to Do

Whether you value a traditional Christmas, a Christmas with a New Mexico twist, or something in between, there’s something for everyone in Albuquerque. If you’re planning a trip before the end of 2021, you’re in luck! In this article, New Mexico Rental Car shares fun upcoming events for Christmas in Albuquerque in 2021.

Christmas in Albuquerque: What To Do

Lights and Luminaries

Don’t you love holiday decorations? As you stroll through Albuquerque, you’ll enjoy brightly lit displays on trees and buildings in a picturesque scene. If the city’s decorations aren’t enough for you, there are several other events to try.

First, you must experience the River of Lights Holiday Light Festival. Located at ABQ BioPark Botanic Gardens, the event includes light displays and animations as you stroll through the gardens. In fact, it’s the biggest walk-through light show in New Mexico. Next, the Twinkle Light Parade includes 100 brightly-lit floats that saunter through the first Saturday in December. These events are popular, so plan accordingly.

Faralitos (known by most as luminaries) enjoy a rich tradition in New Mexico. The traditional luminary is a paper bag filled with sand and a tea light. When lit, it reveals the soft glow of a candle. The more luminaries, the more majestic the environment. People place them by doorways, on pathways, and in many other places. 


Many people purchase souvenirs while on vacation. However, when you travel in December, you can do all your Christmas shopping. Fortunately, Albuquerque provides many opportunities for whatever you need, whether it be unique, fun, or traditional gifts. At the same time, you can feel good about supporting local businesses. 

The Nob Hill Shop and Stroll provides everything you need for a fun shopping and entertainment experience. Stroll up and down Central Avenue as you enjoy shopping, live entertainment, food, and a possible visit from Santa! Take the kids and experience something the whole family can appreciate.


If the arts and theater is your jam, Albuquerque doesn’t disappoint. First, get tickets to see A Christmas Story at the Albuquerque Little Theater. It runs nearly the entire month of December and brings smiles to everyone, young and old. Next, you can check out a Mariachi Christmas at Popejoy Hall. What’s not to love about live Mariachi dancers and performers?

The traditional Moscow Ballet won’t perform again until 2022 due to COVID. However, you can still enjoy the New Mexico Ballet Company’s performance at Popejoy Hall. Unlike the Moscow Ballet, this one is set in the 1800s in New Mexico. What a great spin on a classic! If ballet is more your speed, you can’t miss The Nutcracker. 

Start with Transportation

Traveling always provides so much joy, but traveling during the holidays can be even better. After all, it is the season of joy! No matter what you choose to do, we hope you have a fantastic trip to Albuquerque. Consequently, you’ll probably need a rental car, SUV, or minivan to get you to all these incredible places and events. To get one, call New Mexico Rental Car at (505) 373-1050 or reserve one online.