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River of Lights Glows November 24


Brighten your holiday season with festive light displays.

River of Lights Glows November 24

Hummingbirds and honeybees glow in front of the Meditteranean Conservatory. Photo by Natalie Sommer/ABQ BioPark.

November 21, 2012

Enjoy millions of twinkling lights and hundreds of dazzling displays at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden during River of Lights from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25). The glow starts at 6 p.m. each night and free park & ride is available on select evenings. Explore New Mexico's largest walk-through light show, make holiday nature crafts, enjoy live music and more during this amazing holiday celebration!

The displays feature old favorites like the animated T-Rex and hummingbirds and recent additions like the all-LED humpback whale and other ocean luminaries. New displays include a "flowing" fountain sculpture in the Spanish-Moorish Garden, a snow family, colorful crayons and a disappearing Cheshire cat.

"We are really encouraging guests to use our free park-and-ride shuttles," said Judi Civerolo, Special Events Director for the New Mexico BioPark Society. "You can avoid the traffic by parking at the Zoo or Tingley Beach and taking a quick bus or train ride. We even have lights along Tingley for riders to enjoy en route!"

Once at River of Lights, guests can enjoy hot food and beverages while carolers and local bands perform. The Conservatories are filled with hundreds of poinsettias and other seasonal flower displays. The model railroad's flickering luminaria cars chug along brightly lit tracks, Wednesdays-Sundays from 6-8:30 p.m., weather permitting. On select nights, diners can have Supper with Santa (reservation suggested) or get crafty at Holiday Nature Crafts.

Tickets are $10 for adults (13+) and $5 for children (3-12). There are no senior or member discounts for this special fundraiser. Purchase tickets online or at the gate from 5:30 p.m. Group discounts are available from the New Mexico BioPark Society by calling 505-764-6212.

The lights go out at 9 p.m. each night from Nov. 24-Dec. 13. The show glows until 10 p.m. Dec. 14-30 (closed Dec. 24 & 25).

River of Lights is sponsored by the New Mexico BioPark Society, KOB-TV Channel 4, 99.5 Magic FM and 92.3 FM KRST. For more information, please email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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