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River of Lights Show Returns on November 30

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Have a bright holiday celebration at the Botanic Garden.

River of Lights Show Returns on November 30

A penguin sculpture display at River of Lights. Photo courtesy of Eliska Broes/NM BioPark Society.

November 22, 2013

Get ready for the return of River of Lights, New Mexico's biggest walk-through holiday display. Enjoy millions of twinkling lights, live music, food, drinks and unique holiday gifts at this annual fundraiser hosted by the New Mexico BioPark Society. River of Lights will open each evening starting at 6 p.m. from Nov. 30 through Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1). Tickets are on sale now online or from any BioPark cashier.

Festive sculptures will blanket the Botanic Garden with wondrous scenery, animated figures and towering displays. New sculptures this year include a unicorn (near the Pegasus), Stegosaurus (near the T-rex), zebra (near the roaring lion and ready-to-charge rhino) and a synchronized laser light show in the Fantasy Garden's giant pumpkin. The show will also feature holiday music from local performers including choirs, bands and school ensembles (performances end Dec. 23).

"River of Lights has become a holiday tradition for so many families in New Mexico," said Maryann Torrez, BioPark Operations and Events Manager. "It's exciting to see families search for their favorite displays, discover new sculptures, listen to the music groups play and take in all the activities we have to offer. They love it."

Watch for the special luminaria train at the Garden Railroad, Wednesdays-Sundays. Get creative during Holiday Nature Crafts on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Have Supper with Santa or enjoy holiday dining in the Shark Reef Café. Then check out the Polar Bear Express for a train ride including cocoa, a cookie, music, stories and a present from Santa and his elves (advance tickets required).

Early Bird Special! Take advantage of special prices during the first few weeks of the event. From Nov. 30 - Dec. 19, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12) and the event is open nightly from 6-9 p.m.

From Dec. 20 - Jan. 5, River of Lights will be open from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. As always, children under 3 are free. Senior and member discounts are not available for this special fundraiser. Groups of 50 or more may qualify for a group discount; please contact us for details. Free park & ride from the Zoo will be available many nights. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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