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What happens in New Mexico from December 31st to January 6th?

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Check out community events taking place in New Mexico from December 31 through January 6.



November 19thJanuary 1st – Lights of Enchantment – Lights of Enchantment is a drive-through Christmas light show with over 350 light shows with over a million light points. Each ticket allows a truckload with family and friends.

December 31 – Jungle Jam Presents: Noon Year’s Eve Celebration for the Kids – Jungle Jam Presents Noon Year’s Eve 2021. This red carpet event for all ages will be a party to remember. The event includes a live DJ and dancing, photo booth, face painting, balloon spinning, and handicrafts. Your children run, crawl, slide and jump into the new year on the padless trampoline court and the huge playground with obstacles, bridges, slides and crawling tunnels. Also included are the Jungle Jam grippy socks, a slice of pizza, and a 16 oz drink. Queen Elsa and Princess Anna von Arendelle will be available for photos and signing autographs (so bring your autograph book) and also take part in the balloon drop countdown until 12 noon

December 31 – Explora Noon Year’s Eve – Albuquerque’s most popular family celebration is back and in person. Explora will hold its annual New Year’s Eve celebration at noon on Friday, December 31st at noon. Take part in balloons, experiments, music and a raffle that is sure to get you in the mood for 2022. You need to reserve your seat for this event.

December 31 – New Year’s Eve before dark – Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the whole family at the Albuquerque Museum. Create a vacation-inspired work of art and tour the museum galleries. Free entry, kick-off at 10 a.m.

December 31 – Farolitos Display – Volunteers are required to place Farolitos along Edith between Lomas and Menaul NE at 7:30 am, 1300 Walter NE.

December 31 – New Year’s Eve benefit for the animals from ABQ – Lifetime for Dogs presents a very special New Year’s Eve. Come to the Lizard Tail Brewery (Industrial) and rock out with Dirty Modine. Call 2022 with joy and create hope for Albuquerque’s shelter animals. The $ 35 entry fee includes a taco bar, hat, horn, lei, soap bubbles, and a midnight champagne toast. A limited number of tickets are available. Contact Michelle at [email protected] to receive your tickets. Proceeds will go to Funds For Freedom, a local charity that provides additional support to homeless pets in the city’s animal shelter system.

January 1st – CABQ inauguration – The inauguration ceremony for the mayor and the new city councilors is now closed to the public. Mayor Tim Keller, Councilor Klarissa Pena and elected councilors Louie Sanchez, Dan Lewis, Tammy Fiebelkorn and Renee Grout will be sworn in on Saturday January 1st at 3:30 p.m. Make the event private. The public is still invited to watch the ceremony online.

January 5th – Modernist Design Series – Albuquerque Museum presents a three-part series exploring 19th and early 20th century design, including architecture, decorative arts, and interior design. The series takes place every first Wednesday of the month. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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December 31 – T or C New Year’s Turtle Ascension – New York City drops the ball on New Years Eve. T or C is raising the turtle. The event starts at 8 p.m. with music from Rox Productions. Teresa Tortuga is raised at 10 p.m.

December 31 – Las Cruces Chile Drop – The 8th annual Las Cruces Chile Drop in downtown Las Cruces at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N Main returns this year. It starts at 9 p.m. and includes free entry, entertainment, free party favors, a beer garden, food, and games halfway through.

December 31 – Joe Illick & the NYE Orchestra with Augustin Hadelich – Celebrate the final hours of 2021 with longtime Santa Fean Joe Illick, music director and chief conductor of Fort Worth Opera who leads an all-star orchestra with violin soloist Augustin Hadelich. The show starts at 5 p.m. at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

December 31 – New Years Eve Torch Parade & Fireworks – Join all of your friends and family in the New Years Eve Torch Parade of the Red River Ski & Summer Area. The torch parade, which takes place every Saturday at 7:00 p.m., is free. Enjoy your favorite drink and meal while watching the torchlight procession and fireworks display. The event starts at 7 pm

3rd-7th January – Collection of Christmas trees – The Department of Environmental Services of Los Alamos County will collect Christmas trees during the week of January 3rd to 7th and January 18th to 21st. Environmental services remind residents of Los Alamos to put trees on the curb on their regular garbage collection day during one of the Christmas tree collection weeks. All lights and ornaments must be removed prior to collection. Artificial trees are not accepted. The trees collected are processed into mulch and compost. If residents miss these appointments, they can take their tree to the Eco Station or Overlook Collection for free, or call Eco Station at 662.8163 for a special collection of brushes for $ 25.

Albuquerque notices

🔶 Christmas tree recycling starts on December 27th – are you enjoying the scent of your living Christmas tree? Don’t forget to recycle it into mulch during this year’s Treecycling event. It’s free and starts Monday, December 27th and continues through Friday, January 7th, 2022.

🔶 Free NYE Rides in Bernalillo County – The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Cumulus Media, and Ron Bell Injury Lawyers announce details for a safe ride option for New Years Eve celebrations. The trips start on Wednesday, December 29th at 12 noon and last until Monday, January 3rd at 3 a.m. County residents can open the Uber app and use code NYE21. By using the code, drivers will receive up to $ 15 in credit for two trips. The maximum number of available journeys is 2,000 and they are offered according to the “first come, first served” principle. The credit can only be used on trips, not Uber Eats, and the discount does not cover tips.

🔶 Bernalillo County’s Pet Care and Resource Center would like to remind everyone that New Years Eve can be a waking nightmare for dogs and cats and pet owners. Many pets do not like it and are even very afraid of fireworks and guns being shot. You can also get frightened if there are guests in the house. This fear not only makes animals unhappy; it can also be a hazard. They switch to combat or flight mode and are more likely to get lost.

This is how you can keep the animals happy and safe on New Year’s Eve:

  • Keep pets in a safe, closed space, preferably with no windows. If you have guests, consider keeping pets in a room that is off-limits to guests.
  • Surround pets with their favorite toys and familiar items. Sometimes the smell of an item of clothing in your laundry can help calm them down.
  • Keep the room as quiet as possible by playing music and closing doors, windows and blinds.

The biggest risk on New Years Eve is pets getting lost and lost. Even with a pet secured in it, the sound of fireworks can cause extreme panic and sometimes cause it to break loose. Make sure pets are microchipped and have identification tags. If a pet is missing, visit https://www.bernco.gov/animal-care-services/lost-found-animals/search-for-a-lost-pet/ for resources on finding lost pets.

Notes on New Mexico

🔶 Las Alamos Council Resumes Face-to-Face Meetings – The Los Alamos District Council will begin the New Year by resuming face-to-face meetings at the community building at 1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos. While councilors and county officials meet in the council chambers, members of the public can choose to attend in person or continue to attend through Zoom. The meetings of the district executive committee will continue to be held virtually. The first personal council meeting of the year 2022 is planned for Tuesday, January 4th, at 6 p.m.

🔶 NMDOT and UBER Team Up to Make the Roads Safer for the Holidays – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is working with the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Uber to provide safe rides across New Mexico during the holidays . The road safety department of NMDOT received a grant from the GHSA to finance the trips through UBER. Uber rides are available Tuesday, November 23, 2021 through Friday, January 3, 2022 and include $ 15 Uber credit and no tip. The driving code is ENDEWI2021. Rides are offered anywhere Uber services are available in the state, with an emphasis on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve.

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