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River of Lights

Enjoy the magic of dazzling holiday displays!


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Nov 25, 2017
06:00 PM - 09:30 PM


ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
2601 Central NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Experience millions of sparkling lights at New Mexico’s largest walk-through holiday production with more than 500 glowing light displays and animated sculptures and a synchronized music light show.

About River of Lights

River of Lights was named among The 15 Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays in 2016. Come see why!


  • 6-9:30 p.m.
  • Closed Dec. 24, 25.


Buy tickets in advance, beginning Nov. 1, 2017, or at the gate.

  • Online.
  • Buy tickets from any BioPark cashier from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  • At the gate. Ticket booths open at 5:30 p.m.


  • Adults (13+): $12
  • Children (3-12): $6
  • Babies (under 3): Free

Group Discounts

  • 10 percent off when you buy 50+ tickets.
  • 20 percent off when you buy 100+ tickets.

Group tickets are sold exclusively through the New Mexico BioPark Society beginning Nov. 1. E-mail [email protected].

Group rates not available online; 48-hour advance notice is required. Tickets must be picked up at NMBPS office before 4:30 p.m

Food & Entertainment

Enjoy live music, the miniature railroad, hot food and drinks and Holiday Nature Crafts on select evenings! 

Free Park & Ride

Take a bus from the Zoo to avoid the traffic with free park and ride on select nights! Park & Ride buses are boarded via stairs and are not wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking is available at the Aquarium/Botanic Garden lot.

Service Runs Select Nights only: 

  • Nov. 25
  • Dec. 2 and 3
  • Dec. 8-10, 13-23, 26-30

Delivery to GARDEN begins at 6:00pm. FINAL DELIVERY, 9:15pm

Return to ZOO begins at 6:15pm. FINAL RETURN, 9:45pm

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


The New Mexico BioPark Society would like to thank all its sponsors: Bank of Albuquerque (special presenting sponsor), KOB-4, 100.3 The Peak, 104.7 KABQ, KZRR 94 Rock and ACE.

More Information

More Information

River of Lights

An octopus light sculpture at River of Lights.


New Mexico BioPark Society
Dial 311 (505-768-2000)