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Enjoy seasonal decorations through December 31.

December Garden Holidays at the BioPark

An Old-Fashioned Christmas scene at the Rio Grande Heritage Farm. Photo by ABQ BioPark.

December 4, 2013

Winter light gives a special daytime shine to the BioPark's grounds. December Garden Holidays offers holiday cheer at the Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Zoo through December 31. Take a break from the hustle and bustle, and savor the festive scenes of December Garden Holidays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

"This is a great time of year for families and friends to get together and explore the City," said Catherine Hubbard, Botanic Garden Manager. "In addition to the night-time River of Lights, these daytime decorations enhance the holiday spirit and provide something new to locals and out-of-towners. Indoor and outdoor displays offer a burst of seasonal colors and aromas throughout the BioPark."

Horticulturists have been busy arranging pine, juniper, cedar and other fragrant favorites. At the Botanic Garden, a Christmas tree and poinsettias decorate the Heritage Farm in an old-fashioned theme. A vintage holiday can be glimpsed in the Mediterranean Conservatory full of blue decorations and white poinsettias. A southwest vignette catches the light in the Desert Conservatory. And model trains chug through miniature winter scenes, Tuesdays - Sundays from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting).

In the Aquarium lobby, a seashell-decorated tree takes visitors under the sea.

At the Zoo, guests are greeted with a display of bells, bows and bamboo. Farther into the tour, enjoy the brightly-colored peacock party tree in the park, and watch birds feast on backyard holiday habitats. Go south of the border in Tropical America. Pass it's a small world outside Cottonwood Café, and inside find snowmen on parade.

During the day, visit December Garden Holidays, which is included with regular admission. For more fun, stroll through the Botanic Garden's River of Lights at night.

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