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Los Alamos Winterfest Holiday Lights Parade

December 7, 2018 – December 9, 2018 all-day
Central Avenue
Los Alamos
NM 87544

WinterFest in Los Alamos, New Mexico

WinterFest Weekend is a family-oriented holiday event that celebrates winter in Los Alamos, New Mexico. A number of businesses and organizations host events including the North Pole Workshop and Breakfast with Santa. The Fuller Lodge Open House and the Earth Treasure Show always draw crowds. Don’t miss Affordable Arts at the Fuller Lodge Art Center for great holiday gifts!

The highlights of the weekend are the MainStreet Holiday Lights Parade and the Tree Lighting at Ashley Pond.

WinterFest gives families in Los Alamos an abundance of things to do all weekend long and brings people into the downtown.

Enter the Holiday Lights Parade

Would you like to enter the parade? The Holiday Lights Parade glides down Central Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 8. Register here by Friday, Nov. 30. This year’s theme is “Candyland.”

Schedule of Events

Friday, December 7, 2018

Annual Creche Show
Los Alamos LDS Church | 12-6pm

December Night Sky Show
Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium | 7pm

Would you like to learn what will be visible in the night sky during the month of December? Join Paul Arendt for an interactive tour of the heavens that will highlight the planets, star patterns, and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. Mars, Jupiter, and Venus will all be visible in December. Paul will also discuss selected objects like double stars, star clusters, and galaxies outlined in star-chart handouts that will be given to the audience. It will include objects that can be seen by the unaided eye or with binoculars or modest telescopes.

Admission: $6/adult, $4/child. 


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Breakfast with Santa
Kiwanis of Los Alamos at Betty Ehart Senior Center | 7-11am

50th Annual Earth Treasure Show
Masonic Temple, at Canyon Road and 15th Street | 9am-5pm

Come out for exhibits, a silent auction, kids crafts, as well as gems, minerals, jewelry and books for sale. Free Admission and Parking.

Annual Creche Show
Los Alamos LDS Church | 10am-4pm

Annual Group Christmas Show
The Karen Wray Gallery | 10am-4pm

With an Opening Reception taking place Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5-7pm.

Spin the Wheel @ CB Fox
CB Fox | 10am-4pm

Affordable Arts 2018
Fuller Lodge Arts Center | 10am-6pm

In the Portal Gallery at this time will be a collaborative show featuring Sandi Ludescher and Betty Lehnus. The shows will run until January 5, 2019.

Kids Talk with Santa
CB Fox | 11am-3pm

Feature Film: We are Stars
Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium | 2pm

What are we made of? From the makers of We are Astronomers, comes an exciting film that explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Admission: $6/adult, $4/child

Santoro Music Studio Holiday Piano Recital
Fuller Lodge | 3 pm
Free event! 

North Pole Workshop
Fuller Lodge Upstairs Classroom | 3:30-5:30pm

Children can enjoy cookie decorating, making a holiday craft, and photos with Santa and his elves.

Lighting of the Holiday Tree & Music
Municipal Building Lobby | 5-6pm

Listen to holiday music performed courtesy of Coro de Camara from 5pm-5:30pm, with the tree lighting at 5:30pm. Cookies and hot cocoa will also be available, alongside a Festive Photo Booth with winter-themed props. This free event is sponsored by Los Alamos County Council. 

Holiday Lights Parade – 2018 Theme: “Candyland” – Register to enter the parade by Friday, Nov. 30 HERE
Central Avenue | 6pm

Ashley Pond Tree Lighting after Parade
Ashley Pond | 7pm

8th Annual Holiday Prism Concert
Crossroads Bible Church | 7pm

Presented by Los Alamos Community Winds, with performances by Coro de Camara, Los Alamos Flutes, The Quemazon Brass, Rene LeClair, and much more. This is a free concert, but suggested $10 donation per guest. More information at LACW.org. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Alternative Giving Fair 
Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church | 9am-1pm

An opportunity for local non-profits to raise money, raise awareness, or recruit volunteers. It will also provide members of the community an opportunity to purchase non-tangible items for loved ones for the holidays. 


50th Annual Earth Treasure Show
Masonic Temple, at Canyon Road and 15th Street | 10am-4pm

Come out for exhibits, a silent auction, kids crafts, as well as gems, minerals, jewelry and books for sale. Free Admission and Parking.

Celtic Christmas, Irish Dance
Fuller Lodge | 1:30pm

Performance by the Belisama Irish dancers. This is a free event, but donations will be accepted. Light snacks will be provided. 

Other Holiday Events

Friday, November 30 – Sunday, Dec. 2

Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA) performance of The Nutcracker, Duane Smith Auditorium

There will be three performances: November 30, at 7:00pm, December 1, & 2, at 2:00pm. Tickets are available at the door.

Saturday, Dec. 1

14th Annual Children’s Bazaar, 9am-12pm, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church (kindergarten-6th graders)

Saturday, Dec. 15
Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Holiday Pops Concert, 7:30pm, Crossroads Bible Church


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