Until Dec. 30
River of Lights
The annual River of Lights takes place at Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden, 2601 Central Ave. NW., daily from 6 to 9:30 p.m., it is closed Dec. 24 and 25.
Guests at River of Lights can expect to walk through garden and experience more than 550 intricately designed and constructed sculptures with light displays and millions of twinkle lights.
River of Lights was started in 1997 by the New Mexico BioPark Society, the non-profit organization that supports the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach.
The event has grown to be New Mexico’s largest holiday light show with more than 128,000 attendees and raising $800,000 in 2017.
For more information, visit riveroflights.org.
Until Dec. 31
Christmas on the Pecos
The annual Christmas on the Pecos is an evening boat ride on the Pecos River with illuminated backyards and islands of twinkling lights.
The holiday spirit shines through as wise men and angels sparkle in a fairyland of lights decorated by homeowners. The only night it doesn’t run is Dec. 24. The boat dock is at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Ave.
For more information, visit christmasonthepecos.com.
Since Nov. 22
The Winter Park is open. Riders can take advantage of their three state-of-the-art Magic Carpet Lifts before enjoying a thrilling tube ride down the hill.
Their tubing area has more lift capacity than any tubing facility in the Rockies. They have one of the largest snowmaking systems dedicated to tubing, which means they are open even when there is no snow on the ground elsewhere in the area.
For more information, visit ruidosowinterpark.com.
The Everly Brothers Experience
The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., presents The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed brothers at 7 p.m.
The show celebrates the pivotal sounds of The Everly Brothers music with enthusiastic crowds all across the U.S. and overseas since 2016.
For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.
Las Cruces Food Truck Winterfest
The annual Las Cruces Food Truck Winterfest takes place at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St., from 5 to 9 p.m.
The event includes 10 food trucks, vendors, free picture opportunity with Santa in exchange for canned goods, entertainment and carolers.
For more information, visit its Facebook event page or call 575-571-5399.
Warehouse 1402 behind the scene tour
The Warehouse 1402 quarterly tour is free to the public and starts at 9 a.m. in the Museum of Space History, first floor, 3198 State Route 2001. Topic will be Delta Clipper: A Sucessful Failure.
Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 575-437-2340.
El Paso, Texas
Dec. 22 and 23
The Moscow Ballet presents Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker,” at the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center, 125 W. Mills Ave., with performances on Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.
Set to the timeless score of master composer Tchaikovsky, Moscow Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” rises above the rest with life-size dancing puppets, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, huge Russian nesting dolls and a mesmerizing two-person Dove of Peace costume.
Let the Moscow Ballet dance into your family’s holiday traditions with a jaw-dropping performance.
Luminarias in Lincoln
The New Mexico Historic Sites are hosting Luminarias in Lincoln from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The town will be adorned with luminarias, Santa Claus arrives on a longhorn steer and hot chocolate will be served.
For more information, visit nmhistoricsites.org/lincoln or call 575-653-4025.
Free Flamenco evening
The Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, 418 W. Fox St., presents an evening of Flamenco Villanciocos featuring Luis Campos and Nicolasa Chávez at 6 p.m. Free admission.
For more information, call 575-887-0276.
Dec. 29 to 31
New Year Celebration Chili Cook-off
South Eastern New Mexico Chili Society will be hosting a New Year’s Celebration Cookoff at the Loyal Order of the Moose, 2920 W. Marland Blvd., on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and on Monday at 6 p.m. Judges are still needed.
There is plenty of dry camping with some RV hook-ups on a first-come-first-serve basis. Cooking can take place inside if the weather is to cold.
For more information, contact Jennifer Sherfield at 575-441-0535 or Brandy Reid at 575-290-4835.
Join the band Gleewood for its New Year’s Eve show at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino, 26225 U.S. Highway 70. Doors open at 8 p.m. No cover charge.
For more information, visit gleewoodmusic.com or its social media pages.
Free movie and craft
The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., presents at 1 p.m. the free showing of “The House With A Clock In The Wall,” which includes a craft project. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.