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ABQ BioPark Gets Ready for River of Lights

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Crews prepare dazzling light sculptures for the holidays.

ABQ BioPark Gets Ready for River of Lights

Crew setting up River of Lights displays. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

November 9, 2012

River of Lights set-up is well underway as the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden prepares for the holidays. The popular attraction will glow every evening starting at 6 p.m. from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 - 25). Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online or from any BioPark cashier ($10 for adults, $5 for children, 3-12).

In all, nearly 400 light displays and three-dimensional sculptures, ranging in size from 1-foot to 22-feet, decorate the gardens. This year, the dinosaur light sculpture, an old favorite, is waiting in a new spot where visitors are closer to the colossus than ever before. New displays include a disappearing Cheshire cat, colorful crayons, a snow family and a spectacular fountain sculpture for the Spanish-Moorish Garden.

"River of Lights artists and craftsmen are busy setting up for what has become an New Mexico tradition," said Maryann Torrez, Operations and Events Supervisor. "On many evenings we are offering free park & ride service, so getting here has never been so easy! We'll have bus service leaving from the Zoo every 5 minutes or guests can board the train at Tingley Beach every 20 minutes. The schedule and other details are on our website."

In addition to the "glowrious" lights and sculptures, guests can enjoy hot food and beverages while carolers and local bands sing. The Conservatories will be filled with seasonal flower displays, including hundreds of poinsettias. The model railroad will be chugging along brightly lit tracks Wednesdays through Sundays from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Later in the season, evening holiday diners can even feast with Santa. Guests can also get crafty and help make Holiday Nature Crafts.

As preparations progress, more and more River of Lights sculptures can be seen throughout the Botanic Garden. Daytime guests can check out the science and craftsmanship behind the nighttime magic of the magnificent light displays. For more information, please email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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