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AFAR Announces Top 25 Places Where To Go in 2019 – Albuquerque


New Mexico’s largest city comes into its own. 

When to Go The city gets 310 sunny days a year on average, but autumn, when temperatures cool and desert winds calm, is the season New Mexicans live for.

Why Now Sure, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (October 5–13) draws travelers from all over the world, but new offerings are putting this desert city on the traveler’s go list this year. A newly opened 50-mile trail for cyclists and hikers skirts the pink-toned Sandia Mountains, the Rio Grande, and downtown. (Travelers can rent bicycles from more than 41 locations via Pace, Albuquerque’s new bike-share service.) In the expanding Sawmill District—once the center of the city’s lumber industry—the 8,600-square-foot Spur Line Supply Co. is a symbol of the area’s revival. Founded in an Airstream trailer, Spur now offers space for New Mexican artisans, as well as rotating art exhibits, coffee, and classes from YogaZo, the city’s first mobile yoga studio. Elsewhere, long-dormant hotels dating back to the 1930s are getting a second life, including the remodeled 22-room El Vado Motel near Old Town, which was built in 1937 to cater to Route 66 travelers. In the Nob Hill neighborhood, the 80-year-old De Anza Lodge is set to reopen by early March after an $8.2 million renovation, which includes the restoration of Zuni Shalako murals.

How to Get There Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta have recently added nonstop flights to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) from cities including Los Angeles, Portland, Denver, and Austin. —NICK PACHELLI

Catopia Cat Café Opens in Albuquerque

Catopia Cat Café is an entertaining and relaxing environment for cats and the people who love them.  Please visit us at 8001 Wyoming NE, Suite C-5 in Paseo Village, and enjoy a unique, fun, therapeutic experience interacting with cats in our spacious and comfortable cat room.  We have friendly people, a homelike setting, and delicious snacks and drinks.  You can hang out with friends, take selfies with our beautiful felines, work on your laptop with a cat purring next to you, or laugh at the funny antics of cats as they play with our excessive amount of cat toys. You can also meet new people who will undoubtedly appreciate the cat shirt you may be wearing.

What will the cats do while you are enjoying your time with them?  Whatever they want, of course, because they are cats.  If you can’t help but fall in love with one of these beauties, you will be able to apply to adopt through our shelter and rescue partners, Albuquerque Animal Welfare and Desert Paws NM, who will ensure safe and well-screened homes for our cat residents so they can continue happy lives in their permanent homes. 

Catopia offers New Mexico Pinon Coffee, Organic Choice Tea from Red Rock Roasters, bakery items from Wanderlust Vegan Eatery, and other snacks and drinks.  We also offer a cat lovers’ gift shop and fun events like birthday parties, Yoga with Cats, and Painting with Cats.  Please come visit – our cats will be happy to see you!

Catopia Cat Cafe

8001 Wyoming Blvd NE, Suite C-5, Albuquerque, NM 87113

508-4278, catopiacafe@gmail.com

New Year’s Eve Chile Drop Las Cruces

This New Year’s Eve be ready for the fourth annual Chile Drop!

Las Cruces Chile Drop is this Sunday night, New Year’s Eve, from 9pm-12:30am in the Plaza de Las Cruces!!! Food trucks, Music, dancing, beer garden, and count down to 2019 as the Chile Drops!! Pinanta for the kids too at 9pm!! Free admission of course!!

Every New Year’s Eve for the past four years Las Cruces has celebrated in our unique way with the Chile Drop. The night features live music, plenty of local food trucks, and of course the dropping of a 19 foot chrome Chile featuring 400 feet of LED lighting! Join us again this year on the Plaza de Las Cruces for a night you won’t forget!

Albuquerque Annual Luminaria Tour

Experience Nochebuena en Nuevo México with ABQ RIDE on its 54th Annual Luminaria Tour

Enjoy this annual Christmas Eve night tradition in Albuquerque without worrying about parking, driving through snow, annoying traffic delays, or wasting gas. The tour, which begins and ends at the Albuquerque Convention Center, takes approximately 45 minutes and travels through Old Town and the Country Club area.

Ticket Sales

Tickets have sold out as of Saturday morning, Nov. 24, 2018. We thank you for your purchase.

How Long Do I Have to Buy the Tickets?

We recommend you buy them as soon as possible. In 2017, all 3,600 tickets sold out in one hour. Since this will be a sold out event, please limit your purchases according to your actual party size, so that others may have a chance to participate.

Tour Schedule

Six tours will originate from the Downtown Convention Center on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.; 5:50 p.m.; 6:10 p.m.; 6:45 p.m.; 7:05 p.m. and 7:25 p.m.


Tour goers can park for free at the Convention Center’s east-side parking structure at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Broadway, and are encouraged to arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Please follow the signage to the Luminaria Tour.

Free parking will also be available for disabled and special-needs individuals at the parking lot located at the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Marquette (just north of Civic Plaza). Parking underneath Civic Plaza is also free.  Please follow the signage to the Luminaria Tour. Please do not enter the Convention Center from the 3rd Street side.

New Mexico Runners Bring Major Arena Soccer to New Mexico


The New Mexico Runners are Rio Rancho and New Mexico’s 1st Major Arena Soccer League team!

The mission of the New Mexico Runners Arena Soccer organization is to provide affordable family friendly sports entertainment to the community of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and its surrounding areas featuring an intense as well as exciting sports atmosphere.

The concept for the Runners was developed over a 6 month process to bring sports to the City of Rio Rancho. Co-Founders Andres Trujillo and his father Edwin Trujillo created TRU Sports Properties, LLC with the mission to work on something together to further develop their relationship while making a positive impact in the community.

Andres and Edwin want to build the soccer business into a family affair by bringing on members of their family including Andres’ sister Angelica Delgado as a Sales Director and his uncle James Baca overseeing ticketing.

Andres’ experience in the sports industry extends from his radio days at ESPN Radio KQTM-FM in Rio Rancho to owning, operating and investing in local sports teams including professional indoor football and soccer.

Edwin is a successful businessman having owned his own company as an electrician for over 20 years.

Both Andres and Edwin believe that quality of life increases because of sports teams and in turn more people invest in their own community. Everyone is looking to be a part of something BIG and the New Mexico Runners Major Arena Soccer League team is the next BIG thing to happen in New Mexico!

Soccer is the fastest growing sport in the United States from youth to adult! The New Mexico Runners are bringing the community of Rio Rancho exciting and fast paced arena soccer you do not want to miss. Pre-game shows will wow fans with music, an intense light show and even fog! The experience will leave fans wanting more New Mexico Runners arena soccer!

The New Mexico Runners are a professional development team providing athletes the platform to play at a professional level.

Find the schedule HERE

Annual Holiday Market @ The Rail Yards Market

5th Annual :: DECEMBER 14th-16th, 2018


You spoke..We listened…The Holiday Market will be THREE Days this year: Friday-Sunday! Keep it local for the Holidays, enjoy a historic experience, and discover the best of Burque’s local small businesses. Nearly 200 vendors of made-from-scratch delicious food and quality handmade crafts will convene for Albuquerque’s locavorian spirit this year for the 4th annual Holiday Market on December 14th, 15th AND 16th, 2018. The event is co-presented by the Downtown Growers’ and Rail Yards Markets together to bring food, art, and music together for the Holidays. Sample New Mexico’s finest cuisine, peruse all the local gifts, create some fun in the Children’s zone, participate in our famous Ornament Exchange, and give back to your community at our Donation Station.

  • 777 1st Street S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Phone: 505-304-8584

New Mexico Bowl

The 13th Annual New Mexico Bowl will be played Saturday, December 15 at noon MT/2 p.m. ET at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN Radio.


Old Town Holiday Stroll in Albuquerque

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season in Historic Old Town!

Friday, December 7, 2018 | 5-9 p.m. | Historic Old Town

Set the holiday season in motion with entertainment, dining, shopping, and more.

Shop local and get any and all holiday gifts in the variety of shops throughout Old Town. Purchase a Holiday Stroll Button at the event and enjoy discounts at participating stores. Proceeds from the buttons will benefit Beds 4 Kidz.

Lighting of the Tree | 6 p.m. | Plaza Don Luis

Sip hot chocolate and enjoy live entertainment in the plaza in anticipation for the annual lighting of Albuquerque’s largest Christmas Tree. KOB 4 will be broadcasting as Weatherman Steve Stucker hosts, live from Plaza Don Luis, located on Romero Street.

The tradition holds a special meaning for the Aceves family. 2017 marked the tree lighting ceremony’s silver anniversary, and the first since the passing of Henry Aceves, longtime Old Town business owner and the one who, along with his wife Karen, began the tree lighting community tradition.


Free parking is available at the lot on the corner of 18th St. and Bellamah Ave. (Map) Free shuttles, provided by Airport Parking, will take event-goers to several locations including Explora, The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and The Albuquerque Museum near Old Town Plaza.

Spur Line Supply Co. located at 800 20th St. NW, will have free parking. Parking lots and street parking is available in the surrounding area, please be sure to follow all parking laws.

Streets throughout Old Town will close to traffic starting at 3 p.m. to prepare for our big celebration. Please plan accordingly and arrive early.


In addition to the fun in Old Town, ExploraThe NM Museum of Natural History and Science and The Albuquerque Museum will be open, joining in the festivities with activities and entertainment for the evening. Enjoy free admission!

At Explora, teens can meet a local scientist and find out about their work and career in the FREE Teen Science Café from 5-7 p.m. Snacks and activity or demo included. Visitors of all ages can Make It, Take It DIY LED Mini Luminarias and Chromatography Snowflakes, take a photo on the high wire bike with holiday props and explore the exhibits. Take advantage of holiday discounts at Ideas, the Store at Explora!

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season in Historic Old Town

Old Town Tree Lighting & Holiday Stroll is free for the public to attend and is a rain or shine event.

Traditional Winter Spanish Market

Join us for the 2018 WINTER SPANISH MARKET
Presented by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society

December 1-2, 2018
National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Authentic 400 year old traditions and innovative Spanish Colonial style artwork, made by New Mexico artists. Come and join this Hispanic festival including art, local music, food, demonstrations and more. Interact personally with extraordinary artists; learn about their traditions; take home a special purchase to add to a collection or give as a gift.

$6 Individual OR $10 for two people
Children under 12 are free admission

2018 Winter Spanish Market Artists

2018 Winter Spanish Market Sponsors

Entertainment Schedule

Weekend Schedule

Festival of Trees @ Albuquerque Convention Center

The Wonderland returns at the 2018 Festival of Trees!

The Festival of Trees is a two-day celebration of the children served by the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.

Admission is free. With over 80 uniquely decorated trees and a variety of center pieces and wreaths on display and available for purchase, the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees is the largest in New Mexico!

Complimentary coffee, hot cocoa, children crafts, live entertainment and visits with Santa for children young and old!

100% of the proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefits the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.

December 1st & 2nd from 10 am to 6 pm
Ticketed Events
November 30th from 6 pm to 11 pm &
December 1st from 6 pm to 9 pm

December 1st & 2nd, 2018

Albuquerque Convention Center