December 2018 / January 2019 Top Picks
Posole Ole Fun Walk and Fundraiser for Special Olympics New Mexico. The Posole Ole Walk is a great way to kick off the Holiday season of giving—New Mexico style. Hundreds of walkers will show their support for Special Olympics of New Mexico and its athletes. Info: Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE, register at sonm.org, 856-0342.
Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees. 100 percent of the festival proceeds go to support the children served by Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. Uniquely decorated trees, centerpieces and wreaths are displayed and available for purchase. Complimentary coffee, cocoa, children crafts, live entertainment, and pictures with Santa are also included. Info: Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd Street NW, festivaloftreesnm.com. Free admission.
Twinkle Light Parade. This is Albuquerque’s brightest celebration, and is perfect to start the holiday season. This family-friendly event will feature hundreds of floats, marching bands, cars, bikes and of course, Mr. Claus. Info: Nob Hill district, westbound Central from Washington Street to Girard Blvd., cultureabq.com or call 311 for details and parking information. Free.
Old Town Holiday Stroll. Historic Old Town is always magical, but particularly during the holiday season. The Christmas tree will be lighted at 6 pm. Live entertainment along with discounts and specials offered during this event by businesses, restaurants and museums make this the perfect evening for the family. Info: Old Town, cultureabq.com or call 311. Free.
Gingerbread Enchantment. Folks of all ages will enjoy the awards, auction, food, fun, and entertainment–even Santa Claus will be there. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque’s Low Income Meal Program. Info: Sid Cutter Pavilion, Balloon Fiesta Park, 4900 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE, gingerbreadenchantment.com, mow-nm.org. $5 admission.
Blind Boys of Alabama. This special concert will include traditional and original holiday songs, along with Blind Boys’ Gospel classics and other gems from a 70-plus-year career. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, ampconcerts.org, 724-4771. Tickets: $36-$51.
From Seeds to Needs. The Xeric Garden Club presents Mike Halverson, manager of Santa Ana Native Plants, demonstrating how the nursery grows their plants from seed propagation through all the steps including selling the plants. Info: Piñon Room, Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd. NE, xericgardenclub.org. Free.
Kevin Burke. This fiddler has been at the forefront of traditional music for decades in many differing styles—classical, old time, bluegrass, as well as the Irish music for which he is so well known. Info: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale Blvd. SE, ampconcerts.org. Tickets: $27-$32.
Cantus Concert. This renowned men’s vocal ensemble performs over 60 international and national concerts each year. Here they present classical to contemporary pieces at Music in Corrales. Info: Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, Corrales, musicincorrales.org. Tickets: $25 at Frame-n-Art, 898-0660, cantussing.brownpapertickets.com, or $30 at the door if available.
We Banjo 3. Ireland’s We Banjo 3 find common ground between old world tradition and Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovative fusion of styles they dub “Celtgrass.” Info: South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, ampconcerts.org. Tickets: $17-$22.
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