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Albuquerque
Ongoing until Dec. 30

New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday light show begins. This year’s show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen. The show takes place at the Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden, 2601 Central Ave. NW. For more information, visit cabq.gov or call 505-764-6280 or 505-764-6227.

Carlsbad
Ongoing until Dec. 31
Christmas on the Pecos

Once a year the residents of Carlsbad living along the river go all out to decorate their homes. The evening boat tours on the Pecos River provide panoramic views of illuminated backyards. The tours begin at 5:30 p.m. All boats depart from the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Ave. The organizers advise everyone to dress warmly. For more information, visit christmasonthepecos.com or call the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, 575-887-6516.

Alamogordo
Dec. 2
Olde Fashioned Christmas

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Alamogordo MainStreet hosts the annual Olde Fashioned Christmas on New York Avenue. There will be choirs, local dancers, a live Nativity, a horse drawn trolley and Santa’s village. Wear your Christmas sweater for the first ugly Christmas sweater contest. There will be also a Little Miss and Mister Christmas pageant. For more information, visit alamogordomainstreet.org or call 575-446-3612.

Alamogordo
Dec. 2
Coasters in concert

The original Cornell Gunter’s Coasters are performing at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave., at 7:30 p.m. The Coasters will perform their best hits such as, “Charlie Brown,” “Searchin’,” “Poison Ivy,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Yakety Yak.” With their tradition of vocal excellence and precision choreography and their trademark humor and audience participation, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters combine the unique Coasters’ sound of yesterday with their vocals, songwriting and record production of today. For more information, visit flickingcenter.com or call 575-437-2202.

Carlsbad
Dec. 2
Winter Wine Festival

The annual Winter Wine Festival is held at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Ave. Eight wineries are participating this year. Doors open from noon to 6 p.m. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted. For more information, visit carlsbadwinterwine.com.

Hobbs
Dec. 2
Celebration of Country Music

The Josh Abbott Band with special guests Justin Kemp Band and The Chet Johnson Band are performing at the Lea County Event Center & Fairgrounds, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy., at 8 p.m. For more information, visit leacounty.net.

Cloudcroft
Dec. 2
Christmas tree lighting and parade

The Christmas tree lighting takes place at dusk. The Twinkle Light Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. There will be a bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will be available to take pictures with the children in the back room of the Burro Street Bakery. The Cloudcroft High School Choir will also sing. For more information, visit coolcloudcroft.com.

Albuquerque
Dec. 1-2
“Shoes for the Santo Niño”

The Santa Fe Opera presents the return of “Shoes for the Santo Niño,” an opera for all ages originally commissioned in 2011. Based on the children’s story by New Mexico native Peggy Pond Church, the opera tells the story of Julianita, the youngest of 11 children, who slips out of her home one evening to take a pair of shoes she has made to the Santo Niño. Upon entering the church, Santo Niño and other saints come to life, whisking Julianita off into an evening of mystery and miracles. Performances take place at the Journal Theatre at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. SW, on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit santafeopera.org or call the Santa Fe Opera box office at 1-800-280-4654 or 505-986-5900.

Ruidoso / Mescalero
Dec. 1-2
Wait For What?! concert

The music duo T David Wiggins and Elane Wiggins are behind the group Wait for What?! and will perform on Friday in the 1852 Treaty Room at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Wendell’s Lounge at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Wait for What?!

Corona
Dec. 3
“Night of the Father’s Love”

The Christmas cantata by Pepper Choplin will be performed by the Corona and Carrizozo Community Choirs at the Corona Presbyterian Church, 670 Franklin St., at 3 p.m. “Night of the Father’s Love” provides heart-warming music and an inspirational narration with rich melodies and harmonies. The score focuses on the birth of Christ. Accompanists are Cheryl Smith of Carrizozo, Becky Koll and Bill Hignight of Corona. The concert is free of charge. For more information, contact Scott Shafer at 575-648-2142 or Sherrill Bradford at 575-849-1633.

Artesia
Dec. 5
White Mountain Christmas

Join the Flying J Wranglers for their show White Mountain Christmas at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com.

Carlsbad
Dec. 5
Children’s Christmas Tree-Trimming Party

Children and their family are invited to make take-home ornaments, and help decorate the children’s tree while enjoying holiday music and treats. This come-and-go event takes place at the Carlsbad Public Library, 101 S. Halagueno St. For more information, visit cityofcarlsbadnm.com/library.cfm or call 575-885-6776.

Ruidoso
Dec. 6 – 15
Art show

The Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Art Show kicks off with the artists’ reception at ENMU-Ruidoso, 709 Mechem Drive, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit ruidoso.enmu.edu or call 575-257-9409.

Hobbs
Dec. 7
Christmas Traditions From Around The World

The annual Christmas Traditions From Around The World event features performances by Mariachi Nuevo Sonido, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause, international holiday refreshments, 40 decorated Christmas trees, carolers and a North Pole village. The event is at the Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 5317 N. Lovington Hwy., from 6 to 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefits Phi Theta Kappa’s Lea County Foster Children’s holiday party. For more information, call 575-492-2678.

Lovington
Dec. 7
Electric Light Parade

Lovington celebrates its 30th annual Electric Light Parade. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. downtown. For details, visit lovingtonchamber.org or call 575-396-5311.

Carlsbad
Dec. 8
Loud Creation Launch Party

The New Mexico State University Carlsbad Fine Arts Publication class presents its fourth annual Loud Creation event, featuring art and creative writing by students and the community. The theme of the fall semester publication is folklore and urban legends. The party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in room 101. There will be free books and refreshments. For more information, visit carlsbad.nmsu.edu or call 575-234-9200.

Ruidoso/Alto
Dec. 8-9
The Nutcracker

The Dali Ballet Company presents its 12th annual production of The Nutcracker at the Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Drive. Performances are on Friday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. For more information, visit spencertheater.com or call 575-336-4800.

Hobbs
Dec. 9
Christmas at the Center V

The Lea county Commission for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway St., hosts its fifth annual Christmas celebration, Christmas at the Center V from 6 to 8 p.m. The event includes performances by the Lovington Connection Show Choir, Sparrow Dance Company, Lovington 6th Grade Academy Dance Team and the Wildcat Ringers Bell Choir. A photo booth for pictures with Santa Claus will be available. For more information, visit hobbsevents.org or call 575-397-ARTS.

Capitan
Dec. 10
“Night of the Father’s Love”

The Christmas cantata by Pepper Choplin is performed by the Corona and Carrizozo Community Choirs at the Capitan United Methodist Church, 228 W. Second St., at 3 p.m. “Night of the Father’s Love” provides heart-warming music and an inspirational narration with rich melodies and harmonies. The score focuses on the birth of Christ. Accompanists are Cheryl Smith of Carrizozo, Becky Koll and Bill Hignight of Corona. The concert is free of charge. For more information, contact Scott Shafer at 575-648-2142 or Sherrill Bradford at 575-849-1633.