Are you feeling that yuletide yearning to get out of the office yet? So are we!
If you can muster up the effort to tear yourself away from gawking at Christmas lights, you’ll want to check out these frigidly fantastic events and promos around Albuquerque.
“Stray” Within Your Limits
Forget fuzzy slippers–if you really want to keep your toes warm this winter, adopt a loveable pet to lay on them instead.
Thanks to the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department’s 12 Strays of Christmas promotion, adopting a pet costs about the same as picking up a pair of foot fodder. The promo lasts from Dec. 13 to Dec. 24, and features one shelter pet every day that can be adopted for just $12.
The fee includes a spay/neutering, vaccinations, a microchip, and a goodie bag full of toys from Petco (for the dog and not you, unfortunately). The first featured “stray of Christmas” is Frieda, an energetic red and white Pit Bull Terrier mix from the Eastside shelter. And she cleans up pretty well in a Santa hat, obviously.
To adopt Frieda or learn more, call 311 or click the link above.
Light it Up
Like moths to the flame, we just can’t keep ourselves away from the awe-inducing glowing lights from this year’s River of Lights at the ABQ BioPark (cabq.gov).
Since 1997, the event–which features more than 400 lighted displays and figures throughout the park–has consistently attracted thousands of Albuquerqueans (104,000 last year, to be exact).
This year, the event is scheduled to last until Jan. 5–five more days than in past years–and will include new sculptures like a stegosaurus, zebra, unicorn, and an evergreen tree, according to a story in the Albuquerque Journal.
Back by popular demand is the synchronized light show with music, and a Polar Express-themed train ride (which includes a stop-over with Santa Claus) is also in operation.
But the event serves as more than just a crowd-pleaser; it’s also a big fundraiser for BioPark operations that sustain the park year-round. Park doors open every night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and tickets cost no more than $12 for adults and $6 for children.
Alpaca-It Up and Head On Down…
Bet you didn’t know Albuquerque’s home to a well-established herd of alpacas (we didn’t!).
That said, it’s high time you got personal with one during Albuquerque Alpaca’s Open Ranch Weekend, which gives Albuqueqrueans the chance to pet and feed this year’s selection of babies and adults. The farm is designed specifically for alpacas, and is located in the lush Bosque area where the animals can frolic and play until they find new homes as adults.
Visitors can tour the farm to learn how alpaca fleece is processed, get some last-minute gifts (and alpaca apparel) at the ranch store. After all, how often can you brag about having and alpaca fleece coat. Seriously.