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Now Through December 11
Shopping the Railyards
Time to get the holiday groove on. There is one unique place to find gifts with that Burque flavor, style and beauty. This is the 7th Annual Holiday Market held at the historic Albuquerque Rail Yards. This year’s virtual event features puzzles, plants and flowers, jerky, fabric crafts, clothes and masks, jewelry, delectable mushrooms, tasty greens, beautiful ristras, local roasted coffees, aromatic teas and so much more. Online ordering is open now through 9pm on Dec. 11. EBT cards are accepted. Goodies can be picked up in a drive-through manner on Dec. 13. Start shopping at railyardsmarket.localfoodmarketplace.com/Products. (Carolyn Carlson)
Now Through January 3
Light up your holiday with one of the best light shows in New Mexico. Take your family to the premier drive-through holiday light show, Lights of Enchantment, any day through Jan. 3. Witness a truly magical display of holiday wonder that will make you forget how horrible 2020 was. With more than 350 displays and over a million points of light, this show promises to dazzle even the most jaded holiday revelers. The light show starts at 5pm every day at Sandia Speedway (100 Speedway Park Blvd). Tickets are $49.95 per car (bit.ly/3lellDi). (Joshua Lee)
Thursday, December 3
Native Nations Poetry Night
At long last textbook czar Norton Anthologies has released its When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. This hefty book was cited by Oprah Winfrey as a book “that helped me through” the pandemic. Santa Fe poet laureate Elizabeth Jacobsen hosts a virtual reading at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, Thursday Dec. 3. Starting at 6pm Poets Layli Long Soldier, Cedar Sigo, dg nanouk okpik and more will read their work from the anthology. Sign up for the free event at ccasantafe.org/livingroom-series/2421-a-night-of-native-american-poetry. (Tierna Unruh-Enos)
Friday, December 4
Plaza Don Luis in historic Old Town has hosted its popular tree-lighting ceremony for over 25 years. Mass gatherings are a no-no right now, so we’ll have to make due with a Virtual Tree Lighting. On Friday, Dec. 4 starting at 6pm, microwave yourself a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the virtual lighting of the Old Town Christmas tree on KOB-4 (KOB.com), One Albuquerque Media YouTube (youtube.com/user/GOVTV16COA) or Facebook (facebook.com/abqspecialevents). (Devin D. O’Leary)
Saturday, December 5
Sweater Required, Pants Optional
It’s time to party like it’s 2020—which means socially distancing from one another and staying safe at home. Since filling a theatre with rowdy performers and drunk audience members is out of the question, Duke City Rep is bringing all the joy of the 5th Annual Ugly Sweater Revue (Virtual Edition) directly into our homes this year. This floozy and boozy holiday special takes place Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 starting at 8pm. Ages 18+ are recommended due to content and language. Tickets are $15, and that includes a pre-show Zoom happy hour and a signature cocktail recipe (you gotta make it yourself, though). The show—featuring magicians, burlesque performers, singers and improv comedians—is viewable on Facebook and YouTube. Get the deets at dukecityrep.com/production/5th-annual-ugly-sweater-revue. (Devin D. O’Leary) [ ]