River of Lights

The holidays sparkle each year at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

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River of Lights 2021

TLC Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and the New Mexico BioPark Society are excited to bring River of Lights back for 2021!

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Questions? Call 311, visit the New Mexico BioPark Society's River of Lights page or e-mail [email protected].

River of Lights 2021

River of Lights 2021

TLC Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and the New Mexico BioPark Society are excited to bring River of Lights back for 2021!


November 27 – December 30 (closed December 24 & 25) Tickets are being sold in limited quantities and online only! All active New Mexico BioPark Society members will get early access to tickets sales!

Tickets may be purchased here.


River of Lights is open nightly through clear skies, rain, snow and wind. If severe weather impacts our event, The New Mexico BioPark Society will post it on Facebook and Instagram, and on Please remember, River of Lights is a nonrefundable event.

About River of Lights

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and nearly 600 dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show! River of Lights was voted in the top 10 in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice for Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights in 2020. 


In 1997, River of Lights began as a fundraiser for the BioPark. Today, proceeds continue to support a variety of ABQ BioPark projects through the New Mexico BioPark Society.

Each year's show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen.

Follow these helpful tips for the best River of Lights experience...

  • Botanic Garden parking is limited. If you plan on arriving more than 15 minutes before your timed entry window, please use our free Park and Ride service, located at the Zoo. Available nightly, Dec. 14-30, from 5-10 p.m. Get more info at
  • Come out to River of Lights early in December. Mondays through Thursdays are always less crowded, especially the first two weeks of the event.
  • Carpool or ride share with friends and family. This can eliminate those pesky parking woes.

Please Note:

  • Handicap parking is available at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden parking lot. Space is limited.
  • All guests, please park legally. Parking is not allowed outside of designated parking spaces, including on Tingley Drive.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Event Sponsors:
TLC Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

Bank of Albuquerque

Media Sponsors:
KRQE Media Group
94 Rock
100.3 The Peak