Twinkle Light Parade and Holiday Art Festival

The Albuquerque Twinkle Light Parade takes place Saturday December 3, 2011, all nicely coordinated with the Downtown Holiday Art Festival on Civic Plaza that starts in the afternoon.

The Downtown Holiday Art Festival is yet another holiday shopping opportunity to buy from local artisans, plus Santa, and other activities for kids (last year it was jumps and face painting).  Shoppers can also enjoy free entertainment during the afternoon, before the sparkly and spangly Parade struts its stuff. I love that parade and had the greatest time last year, although my feet froze. (No blood flow south of my brains. Not much blood flow in my brains, come to mention it.)

In 2011, the Twinkle Light Parade goes backwards… by which I don’t mean that the floats and lowriders reverse along the route, but that they’re starting on Tingley Drive and ending up at Civic Plaza, which makes a lot of sense.  So here’s what to expect:

The Holiday Art Festival on December 3 runs from 3 pm – 9 pm at Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza, and here’s the line-up of live entertainment:

  • 3 pm – West Mesa High School Chorus
  • 3:45 – Victorian Carolers
  • 4:30 – Valley High School Chorus
  • 5:15 – Harmonicats
  • 6 pm – Sandia High School Chorus
  • 6:45 – Catherine McGill
  • 8 pm – Albuquerque Concert Band

The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing at 5:15 pm at Tingley Drive/Central Avenue, proceeding east along Central, and turning on Third Street to end at Civic Plaza at around 8:30.

Obviously there will be disruptions to traffic access in the area, and it could be a bit of a bun fight getting there and finding area parking if you leave it too late. Expect to pay $6 at the City parking lots.

And if you have a donation of a new or gently used child’s coat to offer, the Department of Family and Community Services will be pleased to accept it at the Holiday Art Festival information booth from 3 – 9 pm, for Albuquerque families in need.

Don’t forget about the free Casa San Ysidro Noche de Luces event in Corrales. It’s also on Saturday evening between 5-8 pm and overlaps with the Twinkle Light Parade, so you’ll probably have to pick one holiday celebration or another, unless you have a handy sleigh to fly between the two.



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