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New Year's Eve Before Dark

Celebrate and countdown early with family fun!

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You don't have to stay up late to celebrate. Countdown to the new year earlier in the day with family and friends with a variety activities at multiple locations across Albuquerque. 

ABQ BioPark | 9 a.m. -  2 p.m. | Free admission for kids 12 and under
The ABQ BioPark includes The Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Tingley Beach and Zoo. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day with nature. 

Albuquerque Museum | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Free Admission
Delight in a family-fun New Year’s celebration with holiday art making and a screening of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. While you’re there, enjoy the Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, special exhibition fees apply. (Map)

Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Free Admission
Learn about New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world. Enjoy live music, make-and-take art projects, a noon balloon drop, and much more! Bring the whole family and have fun before dark. (Map)

Explora! | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Included with regular admission
Countdown to 2020 with a Noon Year’s Eve indoor balloon drop at noon with 2,020 balloons. Be sure to show off your favorite ugly sweater and add to the festive fun! (Map)

Herman Sanchez Community Center | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Free Admission
Have fun at a New Year’s Eve Bash with karaoke, food, arts & crafts, photo booth, games, and prizes. Countdown to 1 p.m. and enjoy a balloon drop. (Map)

The KiMo Theatre | Noon- 3 p.m. | Free Admission
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque with a viewing of Jim’s Henson’s The Dark Crystal at 1 p.m. The KiMo Theatre’s history will get movie-goers in the mood to bring in the New Year before dark. (Map)

National Hispanic Cultural Center | Noon - 2 p.m. | Free Admission
Travel the Hispanic World on New Year’s Eve and celebrate by touring 12 stations with interactive activities.  Each station celebrates New Year’s Eve with a different tradition from a different country.  In Brazil, eat seven raisins. In Mexico, pocket a handful of lentils. In Spain, eat 12 grapes and make 12 wishes. Tear up your 2019 calendars in Uruguay. In Columbia, create a little suitcase to celebrate adventures to come. Visitors can also create a zine reflecting on the past and looking to the 2020 future.  Bring the whole family! (Map)

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science | 9-11 a.m. | Included with regular admission
Celebrate 2020 with the whole family "on the Moon" at the museum! Families are invited to look toward the future with a "walk on the Moon". Space-related activities include a lunar scavenger hunt, NASA videos, Apollo information, and the unique, giant floor map of the Moon. The Museum is one of only a few places in the country, and the only place in New Mexico, to have this giant Moon map on loan from NASA. (Map)

The Public Library | 11 a.m. - noon | Free Admission
All 18 branches of the Public Library will host a free New Year’s Eve party with fun activities. Visit your neighborhood library to discover the festive happenings.

South Broadway Cultural Center | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Free Admission
South Broadway Cultural Center and Library will host arts & crafts activities. Enjoy The Secret Life of Pets 2 at 11 a.m. with free popcorn and hot cocoa for movie-goers.  Everyone is invited to wear their pajamas for the event to enjoy the New Year’s fun before dark. Space is limited, interested in attending? Please call 505-848-1320. (Map)