River of Lights

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Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and nearly 600 dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico’s largest walk through light show! River of Lights was voted 8th Place in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice for Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights in 2018.

Come see why! Learn more about how this amazing light show comes to life each year.

Holiday Nature Crafts
BioPark Education offers free Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building on Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 6 – 8 p.m.

G-Scale Model Railroad
Special holiday trains chug through the Garden Railroad exhibit until 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, weather and volunteer staff permitting.

Magic Hour
Magic Hour at River of Lights lets you experience the magic before the masses! From 5 to 6 p.m., be one of only 400 exclusive guests to tour millions of lights before gates open to general admission ticket holders. Tickets are $20 per guest (no age limitations).

Magic Hour tickets are sold by date. Ticket holders must arrive between 5 and 6 p.m. on their scheduled evening and are welcome to enjoy the show until 9:30 p.m. Each ticket is considered a reservation and is good for the specified date only. Magic Hour tickets can be exchanged for River of Lights general admission tickets if guest is unable to attend their scheduled night. The difference between the two ticket prices will not be refunded. No exceptions.

Make your reservation for an exclusive Magic Hour.

In 1997, River of Lights began as a fundraiser for the BioPark. Today, proceeds continue to support a variety of ABQ BioPark projects through the New Mexico BioPark Society.

Each year’s show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen.



ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, Albuquerque, NM

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