There is no doubt about it: Albuquerque is beautiful year-round. But, there is just something about Christmas lights in Albuquerque that truly makes the city come to life. If you’re in Albuquerque this holiday season, you are probably itching to get out into the crisp desert air and take a tour around to view the beautiful Christmas lights in the city. This isn’t just for the kids either, the whole family can enjoy the simplistic beauty of holiday cheer through Christmas lights.
In Albuquerque, it can be tricky to know exactly where to go to see the best Christmas lights. Luckily for you, we’ve done the research for you. Below, you’ll find some of the “Best-of” Christmas lights in Albuquerque. Lastly, we’ve created an easy to follow driving route and interactive map to make it even easier!
Christmas Lights in Albuquerque
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1. Old Town Albuquerque
Old Town is the oldest section of the city of Albuquerque. The area represents the original city center founded in the year 1706. Every year, businesses and residents in Old Town decorate the area in extravagant ways. Traditional decorations and modern displays line the streets, roofs and sidewalks of nearly every building in the neighborhood. This area is a great starting point for your tour of Christmas lights in Albuquerque.
2. Country Club Area
The country club neighborhood is located near Old Town. The area is rather quiet during most of the year but receives an influx of traffic during the holidays. Many residents put on some fabulous Christmas light displays in this area. City buses even offer tours of Christmas lights during the month of December and primarily tour through the Country Club neighborhood. This area will likely be congested but is a great place to get a boost of holiday cheer.
3. Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
4. Sandia Heights
Tramway Boulevard NE marks the extreme barrier of Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights neighborhood. This area will have beautiful and more modern Christmas light displays. Feel free to explore any specific neighborhoods that go above-and-beyond! There will certainly be plenty.
Some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city are located here, including: High Desert, Tanoan, Sandia Heights, and North Albuquerque Acres. Parts of Sandia Heights and North Albuquerque Acres are outside the city limits proper. A few houses in the farthest reach of this quadrant lie in the Cibola National Forest, just over the line into Sandoval County.
Driving Map for Christmas Lights in Albuquerque
This map provides a recommendation of areas where you are likely to see the best Christmas light displays in Albuquerque. It is certainly not exhaustive or fixed. This city has a ton to offer and you can explore at your own pace. Consider a shorter or longer route, maybe stop for hot chocolate with the kids or get out and walk around at some points throughout your drive.
We hope this has offered you some insider knowledge on where to find Christmas lights in Albuquerque and we hope that you enjoy your holiday season.