ONGOING EVENTS

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. 
Information: 505-599-1174

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

DECEMBER 3-6
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.
Information:  505-5
99-1148

DECEMBER 4
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.
Information:  505-325-0279

DECEMBER 5
RIVERGLO
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.

DECEMBER 6
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.
Information:  505-632-2013

DECEMBER 6
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.
Information:  505-566-3403

DECEMBER 11

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. 
Information: 505-334-6174

DECEMBER 11 – 13
AZTEC SPARKLES

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.

Information: 505-334-7646

DECEMBER 12

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.

Information:  505-258-8148


DECEMBER 13

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!

Information: 505-327-6296

DECEMBER 13

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.

Information: 505-599-1184

DECMBER 13
SANTA PAWS!

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.
Information: 505-599-1098

DECEMBER 15

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. 

Information: 505-632-0880

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.

Information:  505-325-2600

DECEMBER 18

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.

Information:  505-632-0880


DECEMBER 20
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.  
Information:  505-599-1422

DECEMBER 20
REINDEER ROMP 
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!  
Information:  505-599-1184

DECEMBER 20 - 21

WINTER SOLSTICE

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

DECEMBER 21
WINTER SOLSTICE  
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   

DECEMBER 23
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

DECEMBER 27
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.
Information:  505-599-1422

DECEMBER 31

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.

Information: 505-325-3549

DECEMBER 31

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.

Information:  505-326-2731