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River of Lights

The holidays sparkle each year at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

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Plan Your Visit

When

November 30 - January 5 Open 6-9 p.m. from Nov. 30 - Dec. 19. Extended hours to 10 p.m. from Dec. 20 - Jan. 5. Closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

Tickets

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In Advance:

  • Online
  • From any BioPark cashier from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

At the Gate: Starting at 5:30 p.m.

Prices

November 30 - December 19

  • Adults (13+): $10
  • Children (3-12): $5
  • Babies (under 3): Free

December 20 - January 5

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

No senior or member discounts for this special event. There is no will call for River of Lights tickets.

Group Discounts

  • 50 or more: 10 percent discount
  • 100 or more: 20 percent discount

Available from the New Mexico BioPark Society at 505-764-6212 or [email protected].

Contact Us

Contact information

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show!

Free Park & Ride

Avoid traffic. Take a bus from the Zoo on select nights. Park & Ride schedule >>

Buses are boarded via stairs and are not wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking is available at the Aquarium/Garden lot.

Entertainment

Live Music

Local musicians bring holiday cheer with performances during River of Lights. View the schedule.

Dinner at the Shark Reef Cafe

The Shark Reef Cafe will be open for Supper with Santa on Dec. 9 - 23. No reservations and no groups of more than 30. Walk-ins welcome. Call ahead recommended.

Holiday Dining will continue without Santa from Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-5.

Holiday Nature Crafts

BioPark Education offers free Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building the first three Wednesdays.

G-Scale Model Railroad

Special holiday trains chug through the Garden Railroad exhibit from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, weather and volunteer staff permitting.

Polar Bear Express

Polar Bear Express is a magical, nighttime experience aboard the Rio Line Train on a journey to meet Santa & experience the glow of River of Lights!

***Please note, all Polar Bear Express tickets are sold out.

History

In 1997, River of Lights began as a fundraiser for the BioPark. Today, proceeds continue to support a variety of ABQ BioPark projects through the New Mexico BioPark Society.

Each year's show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen. Check back for more on what is new this year!

Accessibility

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent during River of Lights.

For more information or to reserve a wheelchair in advance, please call (505) 848-7182 or email [email protected].

Park & Ride Schedule

Avoid traffic. Take a bus from the Zoo on select nights.

Buses are boarded via stairs and are not wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking is available at the Aquarium/Garden lot.

Service runs the following nights only:

  • November 30
  • December 6, 7, 13 and 14
  • December 20 - January 5

From the Zoo to River of Lights

1) Meet in the Zoo parking lot at 903 Tenth St. SW.

2) Begins on select nights at 6 p.m.

3) Last Zoo pick-up times:

  • 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14
  • 9:30 p.m. from Dec. 20 - Jan. 5

Return service from River of Lights to the Zoo

1) Begins on select nights at 6:15 p.m.

2) Last return service times (no exceptions):

  • 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14
  • 10:15 p.m. from Dec. 20 - Jan. 5

Event Sponsors

NM BioPark Society, KOB 4, 100.3 the Peak, 94 Rock and Santa 100.9.

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