Old Town Holiday Stroll

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season!

Holiday Stroll 2015

Set the holiday season in motion with entertainment, dining, shopping, and more! There will be holiday specials at the shops throughout Old Town. Kids will have the chance to take a photo with Santa in Plaza Vieja and watch the traditional lighting of the largest tree in Albuquerque at 6:15 p.m. in Plaza Don Luis. Join us for this time-honored Albuquerque event on December 4 from 5-9 p.m.


Holiday Stroll is free for the public to attend and is a rain or shine event. If arriving by car, park for free at 18th Street and Bellamah and take the shuttle to Old Town or any of the participating museums. You can also take ABQ Ride's Central 66 Bus.

Strolling Musicians

Eleven stages throughout Old Town will feature 24 different entertainers, including: Festival Ballet; Bailla Bailla; High Tea Carolers; Holly Jolly Saxy Christmas; Merican Slang Holiday; Tal Burdine; Sol Calypso; and a number of high school, grade school and other children's groups. For a schedule of performances around Old Town click here.

A very special "Thank You" to all of the roaming musicians who help spread holiday cheer throughout Old Town. This long standing New Mexican tradition would not be the same without such wonderful volunteers from the community.

Shopping with Purpose

On this evening only, the Arthritis Foundation of New Mexico will benefit from every purchase made at participating merchants all night. Be sure to purchase a Foundation pin in order to participate and receive the special discounts being offered all night long. Take a look at this year's unique pin in the photo to the right.

Museum Stroll

Everyone's favorite way to explore the best museums in Albuquerque is back! The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Explora, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History will all be open with free admission and holiday activities. Members of holiday stroll museums can take advantage of 20% off all museum store purchases made at any of the three participating museums. Non –members will receive a 10% discount across all holiday stroll museums.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

The entire Albuquerque Museum including all galleries, the Museum Store, and Slate Street Cafe will be open to the public and full of fun! Explore the Museum's many galleries and take home a holiday souvenir. There will be free winter-themed art activities for people of all ages from 5-8 p.m. Finally, warm up with a coffee, grab a bite to eat, or indulge in an alcoholic beverage (if you are 21 and older) presented by Slate at the Museum. Take a look at the Museum's entertainment schedule:

  • 5 to 6:15 p.m. – Simple Sound
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Clan Tynker
  • 7:45 to 9 p.m. – Merican Slang

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Spend some time with prehistoric friends while kicking-off the holiday season! Enjoy an evening of holiday crafts and activities, music, entertainment, and hassle-free shopping. Kid's will have fun watching holiday movies in the DynaTheater or taking a picture with Santa and Stan the T. rex. Tour the entire Museum, including the new traveling exhibit Dinosaur Discovery! and take advantage of discounts in the NatureWorks Discovery Store. Admission to the museum, entertainment, and crafts are free! See what other entertainment there will be below:

  • 5 to 5:45 p.m. – ABQ Boys Choir
  • 6 to 6:45 p.m. – AYSP String Quartet
  • 7 to 7:45 p.m. – Soli Musica
  • 8 to 9 p.m. – Flow Pops


Free family fun and great gifts for all ages, all under one roof! With free admission and special holiday activities, Explora is the place to be. Activities include LED holiday card making and snowflake cutting in the labs; seasonal science activities facilitated by educators in the Experiment Bar; and don't miss a ride on the holiday high wire bike. Additionally, there will be discounts on all store merchandise where great gifts can be found for all ages including stocking stuffers under $5. Shop at Explora tax free, and your dollars will help fund Explora's educational mission. For even more entertainment, see the schedule below:

  • 5 to 5:45 p.m. – Sunshine Generation Show Choir
  • 6 to 6:45 p.m. – AYSP Brass Trio
  • 7 to 7:45 p.m. – New Mexico Women’s Chorus
  • 8 to 9 p.m. – Trevor Scott

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