Hop in the car. Not warm yet…you can still see your breath. Stick the key in the ignition and hear the engine’s cold rumble. It must warm up before you head to Nob Hill for the Christmas shopping you swore you wouldn’t put off until the last minute—but you did. Turn on the radio and Elvis Presley sings about a blue Christmas. Turn the station and there’s another song about a holly jolly Christmas. Next station! José Feliciano belts out, “Feliz Navidad!”
The car’s warm. You head down Route 66 and walk through the store doors. Now you hear “Alvin and the Chipmunks” through the speakers, singing about hula-hoops. Now it’s time for figgy pudding (wait a second…what is that?).
Yep, the holidays are here and there’s plenty to do in ABQ. Seriously. Check it out!
In plain light
No wonder Men’s Fitness named Albuquerque the third fittest city in the nation. It seems like we can’t get through one weekend without some sort of 5K popping up. And this weekend will be no different.
The New Mexico Farolitos Trail of Lights 5K happens tomorrow at 5 p.m at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. It’s a different way to celebrate the holidays and stay fit at the same time. The 5K winds through a trail lit by beautiful farolitos. Awards will be given to the Top 3 male and female runners, but post -event goodies will be presented to everyone. There will be posole, House of Bread chow, and other holiday favorites.
Of course, you also won’t feel as bad about yourself when you hit the holiday dinner table with your third plate of food. Admission is $22 for those 17 and under and $30 for everyone else. The Kids K will be $15 to enter.
Albuquerque theater fever
The Vortex Theatre Holiday Festival is in full swing with performances at 7:30 p.m tonight and tomorrow night and 2 p.m. on Sunday. It’s a compilation of multi-cultural eight to 10 minute plays,monologues, poetry, musical pieces, and dance. Tickets are $18.
Performances of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will grace the stage at the Adobe Theatre tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. It’s a hilarious story of a church Christmas pageant dealt with the task of casting the Herdman kids. The Herdman kids just may be the most out-of-control children on the planet. Buy your tickets, which are $13 to $15, and watch the chaos unfold.
Become a part of art
Don’t forget about the annual Wearable Arts Holiday Show running through Dec. 28 at the Placitas Community Library. Artists Gene Anderson, Bunny Bowen, Sandy Johnson, Judith Roderick, Riha Rothberg, and Geri Verble—who specialize in wearable art— have their gorgeous work on display and available for purchase.
The event starts at 10 a.m. every morning and the artists are donating a portion of their sales to the library.
Happy Holidays everyone! Get out there and enjoy yourselves!