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Longtime Holiday Tradition Continues in Old Town

The 27th anniversary of lighting Albuquerque's largest Christmas tree will be celebrated during Old Town Holiday Stroll on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5-9 p.m. The ceremony and countdown to the tree lighting, hosted by KOB TV's Steve Stucker, will begin at 6 p.m. in Plaza Don Luis.  
Started by late Old Town business owner Henry Aceves and his wife Karen, the Aceves family continues to carry on the tradition in Henry's memory.  The preparation for the tree lighting takes a month or so worth of planning and about two solid weeks of everyone's time from start to finish. This year's tree will be made up of 155 individual trees from Rociada, N.M. 
While in Old Town, enjoy authentic New Mexican cuisine from the many restaurants and shop for the perfect gifts ranging form jewelry to soaps, art to clothing and so much more at the shops and galleries. Purchase a $5 Holiday Stroll Button at the event and enjoy discounts at participating stores. Proceeds from the buttons will benefit Beds 4 Kidz.
Holiday strollers will be treated to free admission to the Albuquerque Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and Explora, where activities will be part of the celebration. 
Old Town Holiday Stroll is free to the public and is a rain or shine event.   
Free parking will be available at the lot on the corner of 18th St. and Bellamah Ave. Free shuttles, provided by Airport Parking, will take event-goers to several locations including the museums near Old Town Plaza.
Streets throughout Old Town will close to traffic starting at 3 p.m.
Old Town Holiday Stroll is sponsored by Cumulus Media.