Events & Festivals

Evening of Lights

Previously Held December 7, 2018

Aztec Ruins

Enjoy an evening of festive fun at Aztec Ruins National Monument during their annual Evening of Lights. To see Aztec Ruins by lantern light is something truly unforgettable! Enjoy the lantern display in the ruins and cultural demonstrators inside the Visitor Center.

Event Information

Aztec Ruins
725 Ruins Road, Aztec, NM
Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Aztec Ruins National Monument will host the annual Evening of Lights holiday display.  This event celebrates New Mexico traditions while sharing the ancestral Pueblo history by LED lanterns illuminating the Aztec West great house. The lantern display is a one-night- only event and a time to experience Aztec West in a new light. This is an Aztec Sparkles event. 

The viewing will be open from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Visitors can walk along the paved trail into the central plaza to view the archeologic site illuminated by the soft glow of lantern light. Photography is welcome.

The Evening of Lights is the opening event for the Aztec Sparkles weekend each year. Visitors can also enjoy cultural demonstrators and kids activities. Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa provided by the Friends of Aztec Ruins.

Parking will probably be tight during this popular event. Those wanting to park offsite and walk along the Old Spanish Trail over the Animas River footbridge will enjoy holiday lights along the trail. Flashlights and warm clothing are suggested.