Bugg Lights Museum
Open 5-8 p.m., every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
The Bugg Lights Museum, 513 Becker Ave. in Belen, will open this year the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, and will be open from 5-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and Sunday. There are a lot of new displays, including the outdoor display.
11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 4
Santa’s Stampede 5K Run, Walk Double Time, sponsored by the 919th MP Co. New Mexico Army National Guard in collaboration with Belen Parks and Recreation, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane. Sign up starts at 10 a.m., with the race beginning at 11 a.m., with awards presentation at 12 p.m.
There will be prizes for first place men, first place women, first place under 15, best Santa suit, ugliest sweater and best holiday costume. Register by emailing [email protected].
Holiday Craft Fair
3 p.m., Saturday Dec. 3
A Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Thomé Dominguez Hall, 2933 N.M. 47. There will also be a food truck.
Gingerbread House Contest
2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3
A Gingerbread House Contest will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Calvary Chapel New Harvest in Los Lunas. All who would like to participate must bring their own gingerbread house kit and supplies.
4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3
First United Methodist Church, 75 Manzano Expressway in Rio Communities, will hold its annual Christmas Extravaganza, including choir, praise team, bells, marimbas and guests artists at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets are $10 per seat.
Christmas Crafts Fair
9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3
A Christmas Crafts Fair will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Belen Moose Lodge, 19482 N.M. 314.
Toys for Kidz Motorcycle Run
10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3
American Legion Riders Chapter 25 will hold its annual Toy Run to support children of Valencia County. Registration starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Lowe’s, 1600 Main St., Los Lunas. Starbucks is providing coffee. The organization we will be conducting a Poker Fundraiser, 50/50, and door prizes. Kick stands up at 12 p.m., for a 50-mile police escort around Valencia County.
The end point will be Tractor Brewery in Los Lunas. Donations will be collected at Lowe’s and Tractor Brewery. If you can’t make the ride, join them at Tractor Brewery at about 1:30 p.m. for music, raffles and 50/50.
Visit with Santa
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3
Santa Claus will be at Katherine Gallegos Elementary, 236 Don Pasqual Road, in Los Lunas, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Children will get a free toy and a picture with Santa. Free to the public courtesy of 1st Care of New Mexico.
Christmas Electric Light Parade
6 p.m., Saturday Dec 3
The village of Los Lunas will hold its Christmas Electric Light Parade beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3. The route will begin at Heritage Park and end on Don Pasqual Road.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Dec. 3
Art in the Park presents its Holiday Stroll from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Anna Becker Park in Belen.
La Gran Pastorela
6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4
Los Pastores de Belen will perform La Gran Pastorela at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, 101-A N. 10th Street, Belen, at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4. It is presented entirely in Spanish. All are welcome to attend.
Southwest Model Railroad Train exhibit at Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts
Through Saturday Dec. 10
The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts is hosting the Southwest Model Railroad Train exhibit will be held through Saturday, Dec. 10. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. There will be a large display in main gallery to view, and a smaller one in back gallery that children can have a hands-on experience.
Santa is Coming to Town
6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9
The village of Los Lunas is hosting its annual Santa is Coming to Town and the Village Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at the Los Lunas Transportation Center, 101 Courthouse Road. The tree lighting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Stockings will be given out to all kids (while supplies last) and you’ll be able to take a photo with Santa. There will be food trucks and jumpers.
Belen chamber’s holiday networking luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7
The Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce will hold its holiday networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Rio Communities. The guest speaker will be from the Valencia County Business Incubator. The cost is $15 per person. RSVP to [email protected] or call 505-864-8091.
5-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16
Belen Police Department and the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up this year to host the Winter Toyland. This event will be held at the Belen Community Center at Eagle Park from 5-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16. There will be snack food, music, games, dancing and much more fun. Santa Claus will be there to pass out toys to the children.
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7
The community is invited to the inaugural community luminaria stroll and decorated tree display from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7. at the University of New Mexico-Valencia campus, 280 La Entrada Road, Tomé. Enjoy more than 1,000 hand-lit luminaries, hot cocoa and cookies. The stroll is sponsored by the campus activities committee and student government.
Jubilee Magic Holiday Lights
6-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10
Jubilee invites the community to a drive thru tour of the Jubilee Magic Holiday Lights. From 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, Jubilee Magic will come to life as you enter in the front gates of Jubilee Los Lunas.
They will be collecting canned goods and monetary donations to support La Vida Felicidad as you experience the Jubilee Holiday Magic lights.
Bosque Farms Christmas Festival
5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10
The Bosque Farms Christmas Festival will begin with a parade at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, on the South Loop. A Christmas market will follow at the Farmers Market on the North Loop, and a lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.
Old Fashioned Christmas
2-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18
The Belen Harvey House Museum will hold an “Old Fashioned Christmas,” featuring Van Ann Moore as Jenny Lind from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18. Seating is limited. Tickets are $15 per guest. Coffee, tea and desert included. It’s a cupcake party. For information, call 505-861-0581.
Belen’s Miracle on Main Street
1-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17
The city of Belen’s 35th annual Miracle on Main Street will be held from 1-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17. This will be a mega event featuring more than one million lights. Events include pictures with Santa and the Grinch, Elsa and Anna, a marshmallow roast with the Belen Fire Department, the Bugg Lights Museum, Belen MainStreet Partnership food drive. Daniel Solis will perform from 1-3 p.m. at the gazebo, Severo from 3-5 p.m., and Black Pearl Band from 5-8 p.m. The Electric Light Parade will be held from 5-5:30 p.m.
Santa in the Barn
12-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17
Visit Santa and his elves from 12-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, in the barn at the Valencia County Fairgrounds in Belen. There will be 4-H and FFA chapters vendor booths and local craft booths. Take pictures with Santa.
6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17
Calvary Chapel New Harvest in Los Lunas will hold a Children’s Christmas Play at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17.
Christmas Eve services
4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24
Calvary Chapel New Harvest in Los Lunas will hold its Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24.
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