Coronado State Monument Christmas at Kuaua

December 4, 2014 by  
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Coronado State Monument’s free Christmas event for all the family creates a festive glow and includes cider and biscochitos!  The monument’s name was changed just over a year ago.  Don’t forget that it is now called the Coronado Historic Site.

The Christmas at Kuaua event at Coronado Historic Site lights up the luminarias on the evening of Sunday December 7, 2014, from 5 pm. 

The evening’s activities include a Santa’s Workshop for kids to make a Christmas tree ornament. That is followed at 6 pm by Native American storytelling, traditional Pueblo dancing, and music. Amidst the luminarias and Christmas lights, they’ll have a lovely bonfire too, assuming the weather conditions are right.

Admission is free, and to help everyone keep warm (with or without a bonfire) the Friends of Coronado will also provide free hot apple cider and biscochitos.

Coronado Historic Site Christmas at Kuaua gets festive:

  • When: Sunday December 7, 2014
  • Time: From 5 pm
  • Where: Coronado Historic Site (a.k.a. Coronado State Monument) in Bernalillo
  • Price: Admission is free!

Coronado Historic Site is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.

–Tania


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Bugg Lights Christmas Display

December 12, 2013 by  
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The Bugg Lights Christmas Display twinkles on selected evenings until December 24, 2013.

Albuquerque’s traditional show of the Bugg Lights Christmas Display is free to visit through the holiday season, although it’s not open every evening – see the schedule below.  The intricate display featuring animals and popular characters was originally created by the Bugg family (talk about one-upmanship on your holiday lights!) but has found a home for the last several years at Menaul School.

You can also see Santa Claus and enjoy festive entertainment with a different line-up of performers each evening including Sunset Mesa Choir, Dukes of Albuquerque, First United Methodist Church Choir, Folklorico del Valle, and more.

Although the Bugg Lights Christmas Display is free and open to all, you gotta bet your big black Santa boots that they do accept donations.

The Bugg Lights Christmas Display 2013 is on show on the evenings of:

  • Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14, at 6 pm to 9 pm
  • From Friday December 20 every night through Monday December 23, at 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24, at 6 pm – 10 pm

The Bugg Lights Christmas Display is located at Menaul School, 301 Menaul Boulevard NE, just east of the Broadway intersection. Access the campus from the Menaul entrance.

–Tania

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Albuquerque: Nov 15

November 11, 2013 by  
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The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is on its way from Washington State to Washington D.C. and that means we get to see it in Albuquerque! This year’s tree is an Engelmann Spruce standing 88 feet tall – that’s a whopping 15 feet taller than last year’s tree!  The tree is being transported on a  massive great truck, tied down with 4,000 feet of parachute cord. You can bet your life I’ll find myself driving behind that baby.

The tree will be on display in Albuquerque on Friday November 15 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the New Mexico National Guard Armory Building, 600 Wyoming Boulevard NE. According to an Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau press release the free event includes hot chocolate, cookies, live music, and crafts for kids.  I believe there will be some kind of viewing platform to see some of the ornaments that were created by Washington State school children.  During the event you can also donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection.

(Note: The official U.S. Capitol Christmas tree site   says the tree will be in Albuquerque from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, so turn up early if you want and take your chances.)

The tree is on its way to the U.S. Capitol, where it will be decorated and ceremonially lit. Each year, a different National Forest provides the tree and this year it’s the Colville National Forest in Washington State.

The last time New Mexico supplied the Christmas tree was in 2005 from the Santa Fe National Forest, so it probably won’t be our turn again any time soon. This is your chance to see the People’s Tree before it heads to the U.S. Capitol lawn, to be lit by House Speaker John Boehner and admired by people all over the world.

If this inspires you to think about your own Christmas tree, don’t forget about the Home Depot Christmas light trade-in deal I mentioned in a previous post, running until November 17.

–Tania

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Christmas Light Trade-In

November 11, 2013 by  
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Christmas Tree Lights by BrihoHome Depot trades in used and broken Christmas lights for discounts on new sparkly lights – you need to take advantage of the deal by November 17!

The Home Depot Christmas light trade-in for old lights is such a great idea. Every year Mr Cheap pulls down last year’s lights from the box on top of the wardrobe, I plug them in, they don’t work. We plug them in to another socket, they still don’t work. We change the fuse in the plug. They still don’t work. I go through the whole strand checking every bulb is screwed in tight. They still don’t work. By now it’s Easter.

Sometimes it feels as if I might as well just throw away all the lights when I take the tree down, instead of carefully storing them for next year. But if we did that, we wouldn’t be able to trade the lights in for a discount!

With The Home Depot’s Christmas Light Trade-in you can take used or broken incandescent holiday light strings to The Home Depot store for recycling. In exchange you receive a discount of $3 to $5 on a new purchase of energy-efficient LED lights. Home Depot reckons that the Energy Star qualified lights use up to 65% less energy than incandescent lights. The discount options are:

  • $3 off Home Accents’ Holiday LED lights
  • $4 off Martha Stewart Living or GE LED lights
  • $5 off EcoSMART or Light Show LED lights

Find all the details in the Christmas Light Trade-In PDF. Each customer can take in up to five old incandescent light strings for a maximum of five discounts, by November 17, 2013.

Time to check out your holiday lights people… where did you put them? Sparkle on!

–Tania 

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Free Christmas Tree Recycling

January 2, 2013 by  
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Yeah, it’s sad, but the Christmas trees have to come down some time, and now what do you do with them?

If you haven’t heard about this Free Christmas Tree Recycling service from the City of Albuquerque and Public Service Company of New Mexico, you’ve got until January 6 to dispose of your tree for free, and recycle to save landfill space. That’s an earlier date than in previous years, but hey, that’s the deal.

The Christmas Treecycling – ha ha! – is available through Sunday January 6, 2013. Drop your tree off between 8 am and 5 pm, at the locations below. Note that this is only for residential customers – if you’re an Albuquerque business you’ve gotta make other plans.

Each person can drop off up to five Christmas trees – Five? Do they think I live in a palace? But I guess you can team up with neighbors and one person drop off several trees – save gas and recycle trees to save landfill space.

Plus, as the Christmas trees are chipped at each location, you can also take away free tree chippings to use as mulch. Sweet!

Free Christmas Tree Recycling locations:

  • Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE
  • Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE
  • Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW

Maps and phone numbers for each location are at the above link.

–Tania

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Big Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Wishes!

December 24, 2012 by  
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I’m wrapping up for the year here at ABQ on the Cheap… and I mean that quite literally. I still have to wrap all my gifts for Mr Cheap! So we’ll be back in the New Year, unless I spot a super special deal in the meantime that I can’t resist sharing.

Thanks to you fantastic readers for hanging out with us here at ABQ on the Cheap, and thanks especially to everyone who took the time to comment or send a message. I love receiving your emails with deal tips or just a few friendly words.

Here are a few last-minute seasonal items, and I wish you and yours a very joyful holiday and a wonderful New Year. After all, the best freebie any of us can have is the love of our friends and family – enjoy!

Don’t forget to download your free holiday music to add sparkle to the Christmas parties, and if you’re struggling with last-minute gifts, check out the e-cards and gift cards post with discounts and free bonus cards, or send free $10 restaurant certificatesas gifts for family and friends to January 1.

Send kids of all ages a free personalized holiday phone call or email from Santa, with details tailored to the recipient. You can also send a message via Google+. It’s quite a lot of fun just to create the message.

You can also track Santa’s progess from the North Pole as he travels around the world, and play holiday games in the Kids’ Countdown Village. I’ve been watching Santa’s progress but he doesn’t start his holiday rounds until December 24. I know the feeling. You can also track Santa in Spanish.

Paula Deen’s Holiday Hosting Guide is a free recipe and holiday eBook with cooking and hosting tips, including edible gifts, table decorations and ornaments to make – plus some that are easy for kids. There’s a lot of good advice and holiday ideas packed in the 36 page PDF, and free recipes include Christmas Morning Casserole, as well as some recipes and ideas more targeted to Thanksgiving, but still relevant for Christmas.

These New Mexico Holiday Free Recipes for tamales, posole, empanadas and biscochitos from the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau might also come in handy.  The recipes are from Flying Star Cafe, Jane Butel, and other feastly locals.

FELIZ NAVIDAD! We’ll be back with more Albuquerque freebies, discounts, and deals in 2013.

— Tania.  

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Festival of Trees 2012

November 26, 2012 by  
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Christmas Tree Lights by BrihoThe Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees is just what it says on the packet: Check out the decorated holiday trees and enjoy free live entertainment too!

Even Scrooge would probably get in the holiday spirit at the annual Festival of Trees this weekend, from November 30 to December 2, 2012 at the Sandia Resort and Casino. The family event is totally free, and gives a chance to enjoy beautiful Christmas trees, crafts for kids, live entertainment, and a ho-ho-ho from Santa Claus.

Entertainment and activities include:

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Berry on Friday November 30 at 11 am
  • Excerpts from the Nutcracker ballet by the Ballet Repertory Theatre on Friday November 30 at 6 pm
  • It’s also Senior Day on November 30, sponsored by Prime Time
  • Belisama Irish Dancers
  • Albuquerque Enchantment Handbell Ensemble
  • Choirs and bands galore
  • Visits from Santa Claus
  • Kids can make tree ornaments for the children receiving care at the Carrie Tingley Hospital
  • People’s Choice Award for Best Tree on Sunday December 2
  • Buy Christmas trees and holiday wreaths

See the daily Festival of Trees line-up to plan your visit.

The Jingle and Mingle opening night event on Thursday November 29 at 6:30 pm in the festival ballroom is the only event requiring tickets. The price is $50 each for the fundraiser, including entertainment, dancing, appetizers, and a silent auction.

Everything else for the Festival of Trees weekend is free to turn up and enjoy. It’s all in a good cause, with funds raised from tree sponsors, tree sales, and any donations you care to make going to the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, to help special needs children and their families.

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees

  • When: Friday November 30 through Sunday December 2, 2012
  • Time: 10 am – 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. Noon – 5 pm on Sunday.
  • Where: Sandia Resort & Casino
  • Price: Admission is free (Except for the November 29 opening night Jingle and Mingle)

Sandia Resort & Casino is located at 30 Rainbow Road NE. Take Exit 234 East from I-25. The resort is huge and kinda hard to miss but if you’re an Albuquerque visitor, here’s a map to Sandia Resort & Casino.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Luminaria Tours

November 18, 2012 by  
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ABQ Ride’s annual luminaria tours return – and tickets go on sale on Black Friday, November 23, 2012.

It’s nearly that time again! Time to bundle on board for the ABQ Ride Luminaria Tours on Christmas Eve to view the lights in and around Old Town, the Albuquerque Country Club, and the Los Altos neighborhood.

Tickets hit the deck for purchase on Black Friday, November 23 (actually starting from midnight of November 22) for a jolly holiday price of only $3 for adults. Tickets are $1.70 for kids aged 10-17 and for seniors. Children aged 9 and under go free with a paying passenger.

Buy tickets online at Hold My Ticket or in the flesh at Hold My Ticket’s box office, located at 112 Second Street SW. These are the only ways to buy Luminaria Tour tickets at time of writing, and they tend to sell out quite fast every year, so you probably want to book yours soon!

ABQ Ride Luminaria Tour times this Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012 start at 5:20 pm, with six departure times from the Albuquerque Downtown Convention Center. The final tour leaves at 7:40 pm.

Twinkle twinkle!

–Tania

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Christmas Light Trade-In

November 4, 2012 by  
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Christmas Tree Lights by BrihoHome Depot trades in used and broken Christmas lights for discounts on new sparkly lights – you need to take advantage of the deal by November 14 !

This is such a great idea, as every year Mr Cheap pulls down last year’s lights from the box on top of the wardrobe, I plug them in, they don’t work. We plug them in to another socket, they still don’t work. We change the fuse in the plug. They still don’t work. I go through the whole strand checking every bulb is screwed in tight. They still don’t work. By now it’s Easter.

Sometimes it feels as if I might as well just throw away all the dratted lights when I take the tree down, instead of carefully storing them for next year. But if we did that, we wouldn’t be able to trade the lights in for a discount!

With The Home Depot’s Christmas Light Trade-in you can take used or broken incandescent holiday light strings to The Home Depot store for recycling, and receive a discount of $3 to $5 on a new purchase of energy-efficient LED lights. Home Depot reckons that the Energy Star qualified lights use up to 65% less energy than incandescent lights. The discount options are:

  • $3 off Home Accents’ Holiday LED lights
  • $4 off Martha Stewart Living or GE LED lights
  • $5 off EcoSMART or Light Show LED lights

Each customer can take in up to five old incandescent light strings for a maximum of five discounts, by November 14, 2012. As far as I can see there is no coupon required this year.

Time to check out your holiday lights people… where did you put them? Sparkle on!

–Tania 

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Free Christmas Tree Recycling

January 3, 2012 by  
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Yeah, it’s sad, but the Christmas trees have come down some time, and now what do you do with them?

If you haven’t heard about this Free Christmas Tree Recycling service from the City of Albuquerque and Public Service Company of New Mexico, you’ve got until January 8 to dispose of your tree for free, and recycle to save landfill space.

The Christmas Treecycling – ha ha! – is available through Sunday January 8, 2012. Drop your tree off between 8 am and 5 pm, at the locations below. Note that this is only for residential customers – if you’re an Albuquerque business you’ve gotta make other plans.  

Each person can drop off up to five Christmas trees – Five? Do they think I live in a palace? But I guess you can team up with neighbors and one person drop off several trees – save gas and recycle trees to save landfill space.

Plus, as the Christmas trees are chipped at each location, you can also take away free tree chippings to use as mulch. Sweet!

Free Christmas Tree Recycling locations:

  • Eagle Rock Convenience Center, 6301 Eagle Rock NE
  • Montessa Park Convenience Center, 3512 Los Picaros SE
  • Ladera Golf Course, Coors and Ladera NW

Maps and phone numbers for each location are at the City of Albuquerque link.

–Tania

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