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River of Lights

The holidays sparkle each year at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.
  1. Plan Your Visit 
When: Nov. 24-Dec. 30, 2018
  • Open 6 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Closed Dec. 24 and 25.

Tickets

Tickets will be available through Hold My Ticket soon. Please contact Hold My Ticket for questions on your ticket. 1-877-466-3404. 
[email protected] 

  • From any BioPark cashier from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
  • Tickets for Polar Bear Express sold separately.

At the Gate: Starting at 5:30 p.m. (Gates for River of Lights open to guests at 6 p.m.)

Prices

  • Adults (13+): $12
  • Children (3-12): $6
  • Babies (under 3): Free

No senior or member discounts for this special event. There is no will call for River of Lights tickets.

Group Discounts

  • 50 or more: 10 percent discount
  • 100 or more: 20 percent discount

Group tickets can only be purchased by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 311. 

Wheelchairs

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent during River of Lights. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come first-serve basis for $7. Visit the Wildflower Cafe in the plaza for rentals.

Contact Us

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

Enjoy millions of twinkling lights at River of Lights from Nov. 30 - Jan. 5.

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and more than 500 dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico's largest walk-through light show! River of Lights was named one of "The 15 Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays in the U.S." in 2016. Come see why! Learn more about how this amazing light show comes to life each year.

Entertainment

Holiday Nature Crafts

BioPark Education offers free Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building on Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.

G-Scale Model Railroad

Special holiday trains chug through the Garden Railroad exhibit until 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, weather and volunteer staff permitting.

Polar Bear Express

Polar Bear Express is a magical, nighttime experience aboard the Rio Line Train on a journey to meet Santa & experience the glow of River of Lights! Tickets go on sale November 1!

History

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.

Free Park & Ride

Take a bus from the Zoo to avoid the traffic with free park and ride on select nights! Park & Ride buses are boarded via stairs and are not wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking is available at the Aquarium/Botanic Garden lot.

Service Runs Select Nights only. 

Event Sponsors

The New Mexico BioPark Society would like to thank all its sponsors: City of Albuquerque, Bank of Albuquerque, KOB 4, 100.3 The Peak, 94 Rock, and ACE.