Who We Are and What We Do.
Guests at River of Lights can walk through the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden and experience over 700 intricately designed and constructed sculptures, light displays, and millions of twinkle lights.
River of Lights was started in 1997 by the New Mexico BioPark Society (NMBPS), the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden, and Tingley Beach. In its inaugural year, River of Lights attracted 32,000 visitors with 30 rented light displays. Now, the event has grown to be New Mexico’s largest holiday light show, with an attendance of over 130,000 and raising over $1 million in 2021.
River of Lights is the New Mexico BioPark Society’s top annual fundraising event and Albuquerque’s number-one holiday destination.