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Old Town Holiday Stroll

The annual lighting of the tree in Plaza Don Luis.

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Old Town Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting | Friday, December 6, 2019 | 5-9 p.m. | Historic Old Town

Lighting of the Tree | 6 p.m. | Plaza Don Luis

Sip hot chocolate and enjoy live entertainment in the plaza in anticipation for the annual lighting of Albuquerque's largest Christmas Tree. KOB 4 will be broadcasting as Weatherman Steve Stucker hosts, live from Plaza Don Luis, located on Romero Street. 

The tradition holds a special meaning for the Aceves Family. 2017 marked the tree lighting ceremony's silver anniversary, and the first since the passing of Henry Aceves, longtime Old Town business owner and the one who, along with his wife Karen, began the tree lighting community tradition. 

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Shop local and get any and all holiday gifts in the variety of shops throughout Old Town. Purchase a $5 Holiday Stroll Button at the event and enjoy discounts at participating stores. Proceeds from the buttons will benefit Beds 4 Kidz

Set the holiday season in motion with entertainment, dining, shopping, and more. 

After the tree is lit, visit Santa on the east side of the gazebo. Tell him your Christmas wish list and take a photo. 

Free Parking & Shuttles

Free parking is available at the lot on the corner of 18th St. and Bellamah Ave. (View Map) Free shuttles, provided by Airport Parking will take event-goers to several locations including Explora, The NM Museum of Natural History and Science and The Albuquerque Museum near Old Town Plaza. Shuttles run from 3:30-9:30 p.m.

Streets throughout Old Town will close to traffic starting at 3 p.m. to prepare for our big celebration. Please plan accordingly and arrive early. 


In addition to the fun in Old Town, Explora, The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and The Albuquerque Museum will be open. Enjoy free admission along with activities and entertainment throughout the event. 

The Albuquerque Museum will have fun Make & Take Holiday Art Making from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Have a jazzy little Christmas with the Tracey Whitney Quartet as they perform holiday music from 6:15-8:30 p.m. From 6:45-7:30 p.m. watch a lantern puppet performance, presented by The Human Beast Box, in front of the museum. The Museum Store will be open for holiday shopping. Enjoy something warm and sweet from Slate at the Museum. All of the museum's exhibitions will be included in free admission. If event-goers would like to see The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, there is a $5 special exhibit fee for ages 12+, ages 12 and under are free. 

At The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science guests can enjoy arts and crafts presented by Boy Scouts of America, a balloon artist, do some holiday shopping at Nature Works Gift Store and let Santa know what they'd like for Christmas. The View Space Theater will show How the Grinch Stole Christmas throughout the evening and if weather permits, guests can visit the observatory's telescope. Danish and coffee will be sold at The Hope Café, open from 5-7 p.m. Listen to a variety of music entertainment from A. Montoya Elementary School at 5 p.m., Tal and Mark Combo at 5:30 p.m., West Mesa High School Guitar Ensemble and Drama Club at 6:30 p.m., and Something Major A Cappella at 8 p.m.

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season in Historic Old Town

Old Town Tree Lighting & Holiday Stroll is free for the public to attend and is a rain or shine event. 
Please be aware of and obey all posted street parking signs. 
Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome. 


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