Experience Carlsbad’s ‘Christmas on the Pecos’

Correction: The above photo was taken during Christmas on the Pecos. The photo in the e-mail newsletter was incorrectly identified.  We apologize to our friends in Carlsbad.

The dark river, usually illuminated by only the stars and moon, reflects each December what has become one of New Mexico’s grandest holiday light shows, Christmas on the Pecos in Carlsbad. The 21st anniversary season runs November 23-December 31, 2012, excluding December 24, 2011.

Bundled up against the winter chill, you stare in fascination as your boat glides through a fairyland of twinkling lights created by more than 100 Pecos River homeowners and corporate sponsors who spend hours creatively decorating backyards and boat docks with millions of lights.

Christmas on the Pecos tours are 40 minutes long. Boats set sail 12-15 times each night between 5:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tours depart from the Pecos River Village, a quaint, turn-of-the-century park, located at 711 Muscatel, that is transformed into a wonderland of sparkling lights and delights.

Tours sell out quickly, especially on Thanksgiving weekend, Fridays and Saturdays in December, and Christmas Day. Tours are not offered on Christmas Eve.

Tickets may be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, at the Christmas on the Pecos ticket office on days of departure, or on-line at www.christmasonthepecos.com. Space is limited and advanced purchases are strongly suggested. Be sure to wear warm clothing; layers are best as it is cooler on the river. Blankets are provided by Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC and are available prior to boarding.

Christmas on the Pecos River has been awarded one of the top 100 "must see" events in North America by the American Bus Association every year since 1996.


Visit www.christmasonthepecos.com, call 575-887-6516 or write tickets@christmasonthepecos.com