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Old Town Holiday Stroll 2022

December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Old Town Holiday Stroll | Friday, December 2 | 5-9 p.m.

Join the City of Albuquerque for the kick-off of the holiday season. Be entertained by local performers that fill the streets as you check off your holiday shopping list. The Lighting Ceremony will begin at Plaza Don Luis at 6 p.m. when the Albuquerque tradition gets a fresh update.  The celebrations will continue throughout the month with shopping specials and entertainment in the Gazebo. Bring the family to discover new stores, visit familiar staples, and continue the tradition in the beautifully illuminated heart of Albuquerque.

Lighting of the Tree Ceremony – 6pm

The City of Albuquerque is dedicated to continuing the Old Town tradition of the lighting of a tree in Plaza Don Luis. This year’s fire season overwhelmed certain regions of the state and damaged the tree farm supply. The City has partnered with a local company, Red Shovel Landscape, to create an alternative plan to continue the custom. A 30-foot sequoia replica tree will be erected and decorated so the community can carry on this time-honored celebration.

Bring family and loved ones to Historic Old Town to experience the tradition. The lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and end with a countdown to a cheerful and bright display. Entertainment will follow in Plaza Don Luis, on the Gazebo and throughout plazas in the area.

The City of Albuquerque and Old Town Merchants have partnered with the National Forest Foundation. They work on behalf of the American public to inspire personal and meaningful connections to our National Forests. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF leads forest conservation efforts and promotes responsible recreation. Each year the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, facilitates common ground, plants trees in areas affected by fires, and improves recreational opportunities. The NFF believes our National Forests and all they offer are an American treasure and are vital to the health of our communities. Learn more at nationalforests.org.

Stay tuned to see how you can show your support towards the National Forest Foundation during the holidays.


Sip hot chocolate and enjoy live entertainment throughout Old Town and on the Gazebo as local musicians and dance groups bring holiday cheer to your strolling experience.

If your community group is interested in performing around Historic Old Town during the Old Town Holiday Stroll, email [email protected] with a jolly holiday detailed description.

Getting There

Streets throughout Old Town will be closed to traffic starting at 3 p.m. Please plan accordingly and arrive early. Be aware of and obey all posted street parking signs.

Stroll, Shop & Eat Local 

Stroll over to the Albuquerque Museum and celebrate the holiday season by creating your own holiday-themed art project, listening to music, touring the Museum galleries, and shopping for special discounts at the Museum Store. Guests can enjoy free admission and a performance by Rodney Bowe.

Shop local from dozens of unique shops to get all of your holiday shopping. Be sure to visit your favorite Old Town merchants in their shops, boutiques, and galleries. Grab food or make a reservation at a variety of eateries around Historic Old Town and ask about holiday specials.

Event Details

Old Town Holiday Stroll is free for the public to attend and is a rain-or-shine event. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome.

Special Discounts, Deals, Offed by Merchants:

  • ABQ Tours: Buy One Get One FREE for Tour Certificates purchased at our location on Holiday Stroll.


December 2
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Old Town Albuquerque
Old Town Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87104 United States
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