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Regardless of which winter holidays – if any – you like to celebrate, festive Christmas lights are something everyone can enjoy. Check out our guide to Albuquerque’s best options for enjoying a socially distanced light display.

Lights & Bikes Holiday Tour

On Dec. 23 or 24, climb aboard a festively festooned cruiser-style bicycle, care of Routes Bicycle Tours ABQ & SF, and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s best lighted displays. Bike riding is a naturally socially distanced activity, and Routes is limiting the size of these tours to make it even easier to keep a safe distance from one another. For this reason, it’s essential you buy your tickets early for this special event.

Lights of Enchantment

This month-long event at the Sandia Speedway continues through Jan. 3 and is another great way to take in some festive light action while staying socially distanced. Nearly 4 miles long, Lights of Enchantment is a drive-through event featuring over 350 Christmas light displays, and is a partnership between the speedway and 19 local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, and Blue Star Mothers of America. Other than the social distancing aspect, driving in your car means you get to set the show to your own Christmas soundtrack, whether that’s Michael Buble or Marilyn Manson.

Winter Wonderland Drive Thru Attraction

Running through Jan. 3, the Winter Wonderland Drive Thru Attraction is another option for experiencing a wonderful light display from the comfort of your own vehicle. This event also includes a variety of other attractions, including giant holiday inflatables, Santa’s workshop, live performances, an electric forest of over 100 decorated Christmas trees, and more. This event also has a feel-good element, with a portion of all sales going to support the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico.

For more ways to get festive in Albuquerque, visit the Olympus Encantada blog.