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December a great time to visit Botanic Garden

Special events and holiday-inspired decorations convert the garden into a winter wonderland.

12/1/2017 - The River of Lights is the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden's best-known holiday attraction, but there is no shortage of other things to do at the garden this December.

"The Botanic Garden is a perfect destination for daytime visitors this month too," said Catherine Hubbard, ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden manager. "We have several events coming up and special artfully arranged holiday themes throughout the garden."


The garden will host a Kadomatsu making workshop at 1 p.m. December 15. Kadomatsu is a Japanese New Year's tradition of pine and bamboo arrangements. The arrangements will be on display through January 15 at the gates of the Japanese Garden. The 600-year-old tradition is said to attract beneficial spirits and represents strength, flexibility, vitality and purity. The event and display viewing is included with regular admission.

Holiday decorations around the garden

ABQ BioPark staff has worked hard to convert the Botanic Garden and Aquarium into a winter wonderland this holiday season. Special decorations such as poinsettias, evergreens, a holiday tree decorated with ornaments, mistletoe, red chile ristras, garlands, evergreen boughs and more decorate the garden. The villages within the model train exhibit are even decorated with miniature holiday displays. Each area has a different theme. Display viewing is included with regular admission.

Nature crafts

BioPark staff members will teach participants how to make beautiful gifts inspired by nature from 6-8 p.m. on December 6, 13 and 20 in the Education Building. All craft materials will be provided and no admission is required.