Things to Do in Albuquerque in December
You might think New Mexico and assume it’s hot all the time, but not in Albuquerque. Our winter temperatures can easily dip into the 20s or lower and with highs around the 50s, it truly feels like a winter wonderland this time of year. While we are all faced with unique challenges and flexible schedules during this year’s pandemic, we still want fun things to do and see, especially around the holidays. If you’re looking for some family-friendly activities, here are some of the fun things to do in Albuquerque this December and throughout the winter.
Native American Dancing and Pueblo Feast Days
When the Spanish came to New Mexico in the 1500s, they brought the Roman Catholic religion with them. Feast days are a celebration of that ancient Native American tradition and heritage commemorating Catholic saints. You can enjoy traditional dances, cultural activities, food, and crafts. In Albuquerque, there are festivities all year long but in December, things start off the first weekend with the Walatowa Winter Arts and Crafts Fair.
Dec 11-12 Pojoaque Pueblo: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day. Pueblo Dances. For information: 505-455-3460. Tesuque Pueblo: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Feast Day. Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo dances. For information: 505-983-2667.
Dec 24-28 Christmas celebrations by pueblo. Please contact pueblo tribal offices directly to confirm if the community is open to the general public.
Dec 25-29 Old Acoma Pueblo: Dances, luminarias. Christmas festivals at San Estevan del Rey Mission, Sky City, Acoma. For information: www.acomaskycity.org or 1-888-Sky-City.
Dec 25-28 Old Laguna Pueblo: Christmas Eve Mass. Deer, Harvest, Arrow and other dances after Mass. Harvest dances continue for three more days. For information: 505-552-6654.
Dec 24 Nambe Pueblo: Christmas Eve Mass followed by Buffalo, Deer and Antelope dances. Picuris Pueblo: Christmas celebrations and “Los Matachines.” San Felipe Pueblo: Dances after Midnight Mass. Dances Dec 25. Taos Pueblo: Sundown Procession with bonfires. Tesuque Pueblo: Dances after Midnight Mass.
Dec 24-25 Ohkay Owingeh (formally San Juan Pueblo): Spanish dance drama “Los Matachines” and Pine Torch Procession. San Ildefonso and Santa Clara Pueblos: Christmas celebrations and various dances.
Dec 25-28 Zia Pueblo: Pueblo dances
Food is essential to our way of life as a state and when people ask you “red or green”?, There always referring to the type of chili you prefer. New Mexico’s cuisine is definitely something to explore, and even if you lived here for years, you may not enjoy all the unique dining establishments that really celebrate New Mexico’s diverse culture. This year, treat yourself to a holiday dinner at one of Albuquerque’s unique dining establishments.
This free adventure is fun for folks of all ages at any time of the year but if you’ve never been down to Old Town during the holidays, you’re in for a real treat. For more than 300 years, both Native American and Spanish cultures have been shaping this small neighborhood into a central plaza with cobblestone streets, brightly colored adobe huts, galleries, shops, and restaurants.
Nestled along the Rio Grande River just southeast of Old Town, the Bio Park is a unique adventure where you can spend the day outdoors with four distinct attractions including an aquarium, a botanical garden, zoo, and Tingley Beach, one of New Mexico’s only “beaches”.
For one of the most unique views in all of Albuquerque, head to the nearby Sandia Mountains and take a ride on the Tramway. Cable cars carry you nearly 3 miles along the suspended cable between Eastern Albuquerque and the summit of Sandia peak. At nearly 10,400 feet elevation, you have a birds-eye view of the Rio Grande Valley and Land of Enchantment seeing up to 11,000 mi.² on a clear day.
What better way to spend a chilly afternoon and sipping on some delicious Cabernet Sauvignon at the Casa Rondena Winery nestled up by a roaring fire. This beautiful winery is steeped in rich heritage and culture where you’ll find live music, fantastic architecture, and delicious wine as you enjoy the tasting room and learn about the products available in the wine shop.
Winter Fun at Sandia Mountain
The Tramway is not the only adventure at the Sandia Mountains, you can go snowshoeing, sliding, skiing, ice skating, or simply hiking the Albuquerque open spaces. Whether your active sports participant or if you just enjoy a leisurely stroll, Albuquerque and winter can be quite unique. Maybe you just want to curl up by the big rock fireplace and enjoy a coffee nudge or hot cocoa… And that’s okay too.
As we head into winter around Albuquerque, we still want to enjoy friends and family, quality activities, and all that Albuquerque has to offer. This is just a short list of ways you can enjoy December and winter in Albuquerque and remember, anytime you want to buy or sell in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area, contact my office at any time.
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