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River of Lights Continues Through January 5

Joey Trujillo, River of Lights manager and welder, stands in front of the stegosaurus, one of this year’s new additions. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

December 20, 2013

The holidays are here and River of Lights is glowing brighter than ever. There are only 10 nights left to catch New Mexico’s biggest walk-through light display. Gates are open from 6 - 10 p.m. each night (closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1). Tickets are on sale online or from any BioPark cashier.

The River of Lights is an annual fundraising event hosted by the New Mexico BioPark Society. Guests can enjoy twinkling lights, live music, winter plants, food and drinks.

“This has been our most spectacular display yet,” said Judi Civerolo, Events Director for the New Mexico BioPark Society. “River of Lights artists and welders construct new sculptures each year, and now we have 481 sculptures lining the walkways. The lights really bring the Botanic Garden to life at night.”

River of Lights crew introduced a new stegosaurus, unicorn, zebra and synchronized laser light show in the Fantasy Garden’s giant pumpkin this year. For inspiration, artists turn to toys as models.

“Our River of Lights manager and welder, Joey Trujillo, used a dinosaur toy from the science museum to design the new stegosaurus,” said Civerolo. “Now that we’re in our 16 year of this holiday tradition, the craftsmanship and imagination is really astounding.”

The Shark Reef Café is open for Supper with Santa and holiday dining. The G-Scale model train chugs through a winter wonderland Wednesdays through Sundays. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-12 and free for kids under 3. Senior and member discounts are not available for this special fundraiser. Groups of 50 or more may qualify for a group discount; please visit www.riveroflights.org for more details. Free park & ride from the Zoo is available.

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