Christmas light shows are typically fun, but they are not always spectacular. We’re headed for one of the top 15 in America, but first the “over the river and thru the woods” part of this story….
At the beginning of November we were finally ready to leave our home base of Colorado Springs, CO and wanted to go south before the snow started falling. Driving through unpredictable snowy mountain passes isn’t our idea of a good time.
We were heading south for the winter and paused for the cause for a few days in Bernalillo, New Mexico just outside of Rio Rancho, on the north end of Albuquerque.
We decided to stay in a small, inexpensive city-run RV park for several days to let forwarded mail catch up with us, filling prescriptions plus stocking up on groceries and supplies for the coach. It was as good a place as any to stay a while. D & I thought we would be heading to Yuma, Arizona in a few days and are never sure where the next grocery store or pharmacy will be. We knew we were far enough south not to be concerned about snow, even though nighttime temperatures dipped into the 20’s most nights.
Every year, D & I try to do something special during the Christmas Season. After seeing the walk-thru light show at the Denver Zoo one year, we thought it would be fun to see similar Christmas light shows like this one: “River of Lights” at the Biological Park & Zoo in Albuquerque, near historic Old Town. Admission was $12 for adults with free parking. A gift shop and a place to buy hot drinks was appreciated on such a cold, damp night.
This is definitely an attraction for all ages and even on a Monday night, attendance was busy. This was a photographers’ paradise with part of the show set on a water bank and the reflections of the full size, lighted animals and dinosaurs were beautiful. With Christmas music piped in along with millions of lights in the trees, it really was a fun, unique holiday experience. Some of the figures were even animated. We saw everything from jumping fish to frog ponds, zoo animals, butterflies & Pegasus.
To see our post on RV Christmas decorations, click here Stay tuned for our next destination. HINT: it wasn’t Yuma!