Albuquerque’s Twinkle Light Parade
The Twinkle Light Parade is Albuquerque’s largest annual holiday parade, celebrating the spirit of the season with over 300,000 lights. They’ve also got dancing elves, choirs and carolers, marching bands, car clubs, dozens of floats, snowmen, and of course, the beloved Santa Claus. The event was even ranked by USA Today as the second best holiday parade in the US in 2016. Every year, Historic Nob Hill glows with joy and excitement for this cherished Albuquerque tradition.
Are You Going to the Twinkle Light Parade?
Albuquerque’s Twinkle Light Parade begins at Central Ave in Nob Hill at 5:15 pm on December 1. It lasts until about 10 pm. There’s no fee, and many people arrive early to dine and shop at the many eateries and boutiques along the route.
Be aware that Nob Hill will be crowded, so you want to arrive early. The best place to park will be the free parking lot on the southwest corner of Lomas Blvd and University Blvd. From there, you can take advantage of the free shuttles that run to Johnson field. Dress warmly because the temperature will drop after sunset. Finally, be ready for the crowd, bring strollers for the little ones, and prepare to be patient because the brilliant and sparkling light show will be well worth it.