Kick off the holidays at the Twinkle Light Parade in Albuquerque on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009! The parade starts at 5:15 p.m., lasts for several hours and goes from the downtown area around 3rd Street along Central Avenue, ending at the Botanic Gardens at Central and New York Avenue.
The parade is free. If you want even more holiday festivity, the River of Lights display at the Botanic Garden is open 6:00-9:00 every night from November 28th through December 30th (closed Dec. 24-25). Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children.
The Twinkle Light parade started off as a home-grown parade. The only requirement is that every entry have lights on it. I've even ridden in the parade in the "official" Old Town VW Beetle adorned with twinkle lights run off a battery in the back seat! Some people get very creative with their entries, like this car-within-a-car. Some aren't fancy at all--a flatbed truck or trailer decorated with lights carrying a choir or dance group or Boy Scout troop. But it's great fun. Bring your friends and neighbors and make a party of it.
The River of Lights gets bigger and better every year with more displays. Many of the displays are animal-related in recognition of the Rio Grande Zoo, which is part of the BioPark, but you can see lots of other displays as well, like a yellow submarine.
Economic times have been tough for the past couple of years, and we've all been pulling back on entertainment and activities. Isn't it time to go have some fun?