I can’t think of a more perfect holiday activity than driving around and checking out the Christmas lights around town. And guys, ABQ has really stepped up thier game this year. There are so many new displays and people getting creative. So stop for some hot chocolate, throw on some Christmas tunes, and hit the sparkling streets.
This year is the perfect year for a drive-thru Christmas light show. With over 350 displays, the holiday cheer will be merry and bright. Tickets are per car. Pick your date and time and grab a ticket at the link above.
ABQ Biopark has donated all of their lights to Nob Hill to display as holiday shoppers pick up their gifts and treats. The lights will shine nightly from 5pm-9pm through Christmas. Check out the lights and shop local this season.
Santa Ana Casino Parking Lot
With a portion of each ticket going to RMHC of NM and Carrie Tingley Hospital, this is a light show you can feel good about. Pack up the car, grab your hot chocolate, and check out the drive-through Christmas light experience. Ticket prices are per car.
Cutler + Hoffman
If you grew up in Albuquerque there’s a high chance the words “Bugg house” mean something to you. It was one of the most beloved and brilliant displays of lights that ABQ has seen. After a long-lived tenure the lights were displayed in the Harvey House in Belen. With everything going on this year the younger Bugg generation has decided to light up ABQ once again. (The rest of the neighborhood has also joined in on the holiday cheer.)
Coors + Garner (aka Christmas Street)
This street near Coors & Garner in the South Valley is decked out with decorations for a half-mile stretch. This neighborhood has been decked out with lights for the past 20 years and going strong!
2nd + Cottonwood
Take a drive down to the Los Ranchos area of town to check out one of the coolest houses in the city. Each year they have the house covered in all kinds of different lights. They have a blow-up Mickey, Minnie, Snoopy, and even Olaf. But the best part of this house is that their lights are set to music. Just tune your stereo to 87.9 to watch the show. Bonus, head west to 4th St and drive under the lights that reach overhead in the shopping area of Los Ranchos.
Pinnacle View + Gray Rock Pl
Up in the Northeast Heights tucked close to the mountains is another special house. The lights are so good that you will swear they are a professional show. From the American flag to pinks and blues, this house’s lights are set to music as well. The man behind the show only asks for one simple thing in exchange for viewing his lights–a donation to a charity of his choice. Bonus, he has luminarias programmed to the music too!
Ventura + Wilshire
Known as “Trujillo’s Winter Wonderland,” this house has thousands of lights to catch your eye. Also wanting to give back to the community, the residents of this home are accepting canned good donations and letters to Santa.
Wyoming + Palomas Park
Tune your radio to 91.1 FM and watch the lights dance along with the Christmas tunes.
Top of Montgomery
Take a drive further north on Tramway and you will get a glimpse of an angel hung on the side of some big rocks just up the mountain. It is difficult to get close up to the home, but trust me when I say it can be seen from a distance
Coronado Mall Area
There’s a group of homes in the Menaul to Candelaria area from Louisiana to San Pedro that really go all out each year. There’s one house that has music with its lights, one that has every blow-up character on the market, and much more. This area is my family’s starting point each year.
Locals have come together and dedicated a page on all things Christmas lights in our area. Check it out to see even more places spreading holiday cheer.
It’s no secret that Old Town is the heart of not only the city but also the culture. Head down to this treasure to see luminarias at their greatest as they line the plaza. Finding a place to park and strolling on foot is recommended. Bonus, enjoy the huge wonderfully lit tree while you’re there.
Rio Grande Blvd
From Paseo Del Norte to Alameda, take a drive down Rio Grande (especially on Christmas Eve), and you’re sure to see a good showing of luminarias.
This neighborhood centers around Ridgecrest Park, close to UNM. It is a small neighborhood but once you find it, you will see luminarias all around, as well as some awesome Christmas lights.
Tingley Beach Area
Just south of Old Town near Tingly Beach and Albuquerque Country Club, you will find some of the most beautiful houses in Albuquerque (including Jesse Pinkman’s house, Breaking Bad fans.) But even more exciting this time of year, you will find some beautifully decorated homes. On Christmas Eve, the neighborhood lights up with luminarias. Here’s a map of how to see the best luminaries down there.