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River of Lights sparkles at the 25th Annual Opening Night

They came, they saw – and were once again dazzled on the opening night of River of Lights. The 25th annual display of over 700 sparkling sculptures – animated and 3D – and millions of other multicolored lights lined the pathways of the Albuquerque BioPark as a sold-out crowd wandered, smiling and in awe. Since its debut in 1997, the River of Lights has grown into a much-anticipated holiday tradition, drawing approximately 130,000 visitors each year. The 2022 edition runs until December 30th, except when it closes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Besides seeing the lights, there are other fun things to do. Teens can hop on the Rio Line Train for a ride on the “Polar Bear Express” or follow the rides of the G model train that runs along the walkway, while adults and children alike can be inspired and enticed by the Holiday Nature Crafts exhibit. A special event entitled “Santa’s Magical Experience” will be held on select nights – the first on Friday, December 2nd is sold out – beginning at Tingley Beach, which has been named Santa’s New Mexico headquarters for the occasion. Highlights include a visit to see Santa, s’mores, Christmas stories and the chance to hop to the top of the River of Lights line. Tickets for this are sold separately. All tickets require advance purchase only and are available online at https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/402859. New safety protocols are in place due to the tragic death last year of a 7-year-old boy who was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road near the BioPark. Visitors are encouraged to park at the zoo and take a shuttle to the River of Lights or catch one of the ART buses (free) which arrive every 8 to 15 minutes

They came, they saw – and were dazzled once again on the opening night of River of Lights.

The 25th annual exhibit, featuring over 700 sparkling sculptures — animated and in 3D — and millions of other multicolored lights lined the pathways of the Albuquerque BioPark as a smiling, awestruck crowd wandered.

Since its debut in 1997, the River of Lights has grown into a much-anticipated holiday tradition, drawing approximately 130,000 visitors each year. The 2022 edition runs until December 30th, except when it closes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Aside from the lights, there are other fun things to do. Teens can hop on the Rio Line Train for a ride on the “Polar Bear Express” or follow the rides of the G model train that runs along the walkway, while adults and children alike can be inspired and enticed by the Holiday Nature Crafts exhibit.

A special event entitled “Santa’s Magical Experience” will be held on select nights – the first on Friday, December 2nd is sold out – beginning at Tingley Beach, which has been designated as Santa’s New Mexico headquarters for the occasion. Highlights include a visit to see Santa, s’mores, Christmas stories and the chance to hop to the top of the River of Lights line. Tickets for this are sold separately.

All tickets require advance purchase only and are available online at https://tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/402859.

New safety protocols are in place due to the tragic death last year of a 7-year-old boy who was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road near the BioPark. Visitors are encouraged to park at the zoo and take a shuttle to the River of Lights or catch one of the ART buses (free) which arrive every 8 to 15 minutes

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