LOST EGYPT: ANCIENT SECRETS, MODERN SCIENCE
Unearth the secrets of an ancient Egyptian world in an interactive exhibition at the Farmington Museum featuring the hidden stories and artifacts of a lost civilization. Interpret ancient Egyptian art, decipher hieroglyphics and examine material remains using the tools and technology of archaeologists to unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its history, culture, and people. Tickets are $12 adults and $6 for children.
THREE WATERS TRADING POST EXHIBIT - The Three Waters Trading Post exhibit features a walk-through replica of a 1930’s trading post, including a bull pen stocked with period goods and artifacts, pawn room and office showcasing jewelry and rugs. The exhibit is on display at the Farmington Museum in the Gateway Park Museum & Visitors Center, 3041 E. Main St., Farmington.
Information: 505-599-1174 or www.fmtn.org/farmingtonmuseum
BIRD WATCHING RIVERSIDE NATURE CENTER - Enjoy bird watching and a beautiful walk through Farmington’s riverside trails every Tuesday morning. More than 100 species of birds have been noted throughout Animas Park and new birds fly in each season. Meet at the Riverside Nature Center, located in Animas Park off Browning Parkway, to join the friendly RNC staff for a leisurely walk of 1-2 miles.
Information: 505-599-1422 or www.fmtn.org/farmingtonmuseum
SIMULCAST HORSE RACING - SunRay Park & Casino brings simulcast horse racing to Farmington year-round. SunRay Park & Casino is located off Hwy. 64 between Farmington and Bloomfield.
Information: 505-566-1200 or www.sunraygaming.com
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Explore a winter wonderland amidst an indoor forest of artfully decorated Christmas trees. Come enjoy special events including Teddy Bear Storytime, High Tea With The Trees, Family Night and much more at the Farmington Civic Center. Presented by Presbyterian Medical Services.
FARMINGTON CHRISTMAS PARADE
This annual lighted Christmas parade starts at 5:45 p.m. Parade route runs through Historic Downtown Farmington along Main Street. For parade applications and theme, call the Farmington Chamber of Commerce.
Luminarias light up the river’s bank and the evening sky. Celebrate the holiday season with a stroll along the river’s edge with carolers and bell choirs as well as hot chocolate and food at Berg Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SALMON RUINS HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Salmon Ruins brings together artisans from throughout the Four Corners to display and sell their wares at McGee Park off Hwy. 64, between Farmington and Bloomfield, NM.
SAN JUAN COLLEGE LUMINARIAS
Display illuminates the campus of San Juan College with thousands of candlelit bags. This is the largest luminaria display of a non-profit entity in New Mexico. San Juan College is located at 4601 College Blvd., Farmington.
EVENING OF LIGHTS AT AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT
There will be no luminarias this year but come see Aztec Ruins in a different light! Lanterns will illuminate the rooms and cultural demonstrations, music, cookies, and hot cocoa will be available in the Visitor Center.
DECEMBER 11 – 13
The city of Aztec celebrates the holiday season with a variety of events throughout the city opening with
Evening of Lights at Aztec Ruins National Monument on December 11. On December 12 the Aztec Boys & Girls Club will host a Christmas Carnival and the Aztec Public Library hosts the Christmas Festival. On December 13, visit the Arts & Craft Fair at the Aztec Community Center, enjoy hay rides through historic residential area and at 5:00pm there will be a Light Parade along Main Ave. Call for a complete schedule.
AN EVENING OF GIVING
Sheldon Pickering and Friends will be performing at San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center. This benefit concert is in support of the IGW Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Concert starts at 7:00pm and admission is adults $10, senior and children $7.
CHRISTMAS ARTS & CRAFTS SALE
Enjoy shopping for unique and handmade arts and crafts at the Farmington Indian Center. The sale is open to all vendors and buyers alike. The sale is an opportunity to meet with friends, find a little creative inspiration and wrap up holiday shopping or in most cases, get started!
JINGLE BELL JAMBOREE
Celebrate the holidays from 10:00am to noon at the Farmington Recreation Center. Visit Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas, create a festive holiday craft, play games, and enjoy a snack! There is a suggested donation of $2 which will be contributed to charity, or bring 2 canned food items to help those in need.
Join the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and have a 4 x 6 photo of your dog (or dogs) taken with Santa. The photo will be printed while you wait. All proceeds will benefit the Animal Shelter. The cost is $10.00 per photo, or only $8.00 per photo with adoption paper proving your dog came from the Farmington Animal Shelter.
CHRISTMAS PARADE AND CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS
Annual Christmas parade beginning at 6:30p.m. Route starts at the Bloomfield High School. Lighted Christmas displays create a wonderful winter wonderland at Salmon Park in Bloomfield, NM, 501 N. 5th Street. The official lighting of the displays will be immediately after the Bloomfield Christmas parade and will be on display through January 2, 2015.
DECEMBER 18 - 21
WALK THROUGH BETHLEHEM
Experience the true meaning of Christmas. Bringing your family and friends to Cross Roads Community Church from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for a guided tour through Bethlehem to the manager.
SANTA IN THE PARK
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Salmon Park in Bloomfield, N.M. visit with Santa Claus and receive a free picture with Santa and his elves. Refreshments to take the chill off and luminaria to light the way round out this holiday event.
ANNUAL AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
The Riverside Nature Center takes part in this nationwide project which has been carried out for over 100 years. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., come spend part or all of the day counting all the birds, common and rare, in their wintering grounds throughout the Farmington area.
Join us for a little holiday cheer and participate in the 5K Reindeer Romp or the 2 mile North Pole Stroll! Held at Orchard Plaza in Historic Downtown Farmington from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., This is a family friendly event with children's winter carnival games, live holiday music, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, holiday cookies, and a chance to see Santa!
DECEMBER 20 - 21
Watch the sun set in alignment with the back wall of West Ruin at Aztec Ruins and hear a ranger presentation. Program will begin at 4:30pm. Wear warm clothes and bring something insulated to sit on.
Information: 505-334-6174 or www.nps.gov/azru
The Farmington Public Library has hosted the annual Winter Solstice Celebration for the Four Corners area since 2003, making use of the library’s architectural features, which include solstice markers that were carefully calibrated and carved into the sandstone floor.
Information: 505-599-1270 or www.infoway.org
LIVE NAVAJO NATIVITY
This annual live nativity uses traditional Navajo clothing and live animals. The Nativity scene is presented entirely by children at the Four Corners Home for Children, at 2103 W. Main St., in Farmington, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Information: 505-325-0255, 888-325-0255 or www.navajoministries.org
CHACO CANYON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Join volunteers from the Four Corners Bird Club and the Riverside Nature Center in making winter census of the birds at Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Participants should be experienced birders and able to hike in back country areas in winter weather.
ROSES IN WINTER BALL
Ring in the New Years at the Courtyard by Marriott. Dinner, music, dancing, live auction, blackjack and so much more. Event starts at 7:00pm and tickets at $50 per person. All proceeds benefit Family Crisis Center.
LIGHT UP A LIFE
On New Year’s Eve, PMS hospice programs in San Juan County celebrate the lives of those we love. Dedicate a luminaria in honor or memory of a loved one. Each will display the name of the individual for whom it was dedicated. Your donation supports the vital work of non-profit hospice services for those in need. Event will take place at Gateway Park Museum and Visitors Center at 5:30pm with luminarias displayed on the terrace and indoor ceremony.