Twinkle Light Parade & Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll
You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.
This year the Twinkle Light Parade and Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll are both combined again in Nob Hill on the same day: Saturday December 7, 2013.
The Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll runs from from noon to 10 pm on December 7, when everyone hobnobs in Nob Hill with street performers, mariachi groups, and carol singers to get us into the festive spirit. They close Central Avenue off to cars between Girard and Washington between those hours, so pedestrians can wander at will along historic Route 66. Of course there are lots of shopping opportunities, with many boutiques staying open late, some stores offering discounts, and a lively atmosphere in the restaurants.
- There will be photo ops with Santa Claus – he usually rolls by on the Twinkle Light Parade too.
- A jolly trolley from Albuquerque Trolley Co. will run free shuttle rides along Central between noon and 4 pm.
- Albuquerque Film & Media Experience will show a free outdoor screening (bundle up!) of the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7:45 pm. That’s at 3712 Central Ave, between Hermosa and Solano.
- O’Niell’s Pub will serve free coffee and cider on the enclosed patio.
The Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll map gives all the skinny and shows what’s happening where.
If you download the PDF of the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll program you’ll find a few coupons too, although not as many as in previous years.
- 10% off one item at Gertrude Zachary
- $10 off at Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill when you order two entrees (valid to January 1, 2014)
- 10% off at Yanni’s new Lemoni Lounge (valid to September 1, 2014)
The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing at 5:15 pm on December 7, traveling west along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Girard Boulevard. Bleachers will make it easier for everyone to watch the parade. The City of Albuquerque reckons that there are more than 100 floats (cars, horses, anything they can gussy up with sparkly lights) in the parade this year. I do so love this festive event, but dress warmly – I’ve nearly frozen my tootsies off watching the parade in previous years.