The special event attracts thousands of visitors to Old Town with live music and other entertainment, delicious aromas of hot chocolate and spicy treats wafting from area shops and restaurants, and the opportunity to shop for unique gifts at Old Town’s many shops and galleries, many offering special discounts. Visit The Candy Lady on North Romero Street to enjoy delicious ‘smores on a cold winter’s night.
To herald the season and get the crowd in a holiday mood, a free concert at San Felipe de Neri Church featuring a brass quintet of talented area professional musicians will create a festive atmosphere with a performance of light classical, popular favorites and holiday music. Because seating inside the church is limited, speakers will be placed outdoors so the holiday crowds can also enjoy the concert. The concert begins at 4 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to arrive early to ensure a seat. The brass quintet is part of The Figueroa Project, An organization dedicated to artistic excellence and to “Redefining the musical experience for our times.”
Following the concert’s end at 5:30 p.m., visitors will gather at Plaza don Luis for the blessing and lighting of the giant holiday tree. Join San Felipe de Neri’s Father Garcia, Mayor Richard J. Berry and other dignitaries in the traditional lighting that marks the “official” beginning of the holiday season in Albuquerque.
We are pleased to announce the Old Town Merchants have chosen The Storehouse of Greater Albuquerque as the charity recipient of this year’s stroll. It is the largest food pantry in New Mexico, and ranks in the top 10 percent of food pantries in volume in the United States.
At the Gazebo, live entertainment focused on holiday traditions from around the world, with colorfully costumed performers sharing their favorite traditions in many languages will be featured. The opportunity to “travel the world” by sharing in those traditions while experiencing the special treasure that is Albuquerque’s Old Town is priceless. All children will not want to miss the opportunity to meet Santa at Santa’s Village located on South San Felipe Street.
New Mexico’s beautiful luminaries will light the streets and patios and this year an added feature, fire pit stages, will add the aroma of pine to the wonderful holiday atmosphere.
Additionally, be sure and visit OTMA’s Silent Auction, located in Plaza Hacienda, for an opportunity to bid on some of the most uniquely crafted gifts in the state.
Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation, and with a Rapid Ride stop at the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Rio Grande Blvd., Old Town is accessible to all ages.