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Enjoy family-friendly activities and events December 9 - 11.  This weekend's events include the Humble Holiday Crafts Fair, Mariachi Christmas, the Rail Yard Holiday Market and more. Enjoy your weekend!

The Lion King, Jr.
This is the last weekend to see The Lion King Jr. The Cardboard Playhouse presents the story of Simba the lion cub at the South Broadway Cultural Center, through December 11.

Guadalupana Art Reception
For over 80 years, a family selected from the St.

Francis Xavier parish has built a shrine to honor La Virgen de Guadalupe in the South Broadway community. A free art reception at the South Broadway Community Center will honor the shrine on Saturday, December 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. See the shrine in the Center's gallery, as well as artist depictions of Le Virgin. 

Humble Holiday Arts and Crafts Pop Up
The second annual Humble Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will feature more than 30 artists, vendors and food trucks on December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter Wildlife Walk with Wildlife
The Open Space Visitor Center will host a gree guided nature hike with trained naturalists. Look for sandhill cranes, bald eagles and more on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Danu, A Christmas Gathering
The Irish ensemble will perform traditional Irish music for the holidays. The performance at Popejoy takes place December 9 at 8 p.m.

Christmas at the Palace
The annual tradition brings the community together at the Palace of the Governors, where there is hot cider, live music and entertainment.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will pay a visit. The free event is a Santa Fe classic, and takes place December 9.

Ballet Repertory Theater Nutcracker Ballet
The Ballet Repertory Theatre brings the classic tale of toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes the nutcracker and little Clara to life. The Ballet Repertory Theatre has performed the Nutcracker since 1996.

Additional ticket charges for the Christmas Eve performance includes attendance to a Nutcracker Tea following the performance. Meet your favorite Nutcracker characters and taste treats from the Land of Sweets. See the show at the KiMo Theatre December 10 through 24.

Holidays at Santa Fe Place
Celebrate the season at the Santa Fe Place Mall, starting at 7 p.m. Hear a free concert by the Santa Fe Concert Band on Saturday, December 10.

Rail Yards Holiday Market
The Rail Yards will have its annual Holiday Market on Sunday, December 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shop local this year and pick up a treasure or two (or more) from local artisans, craftspeople and businesses. Le Chat Lunatique will perform at noon.

New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert: Holiday Greetings
The chorus will sing warm holiday music and traditional tunes. Bring a new and unwrapped toy to the concert for an underprivileged child. Hear them at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe or at the Hiland Theater in Albuquerque December 11 - 18.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
The Moscow Ballet has toured across America for over 20 years. See the company of 40 Vaganova-trained dancers this holiday season as they perform the classic holiday dance for one show only on December 11.

 This is an all ages event. See it at the Kiva Auditorium at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Mariachi Christmas
Swirling dresses, stomping feet and mariachi music combine into one unforgettable holiday show. See it at Popejoy Hall at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.

Nutcracker Performances
See the Nutcracker in the classic style with the New Mexico Ballet Company, or see Nutcracker on the Rocks, a one of a kind show found only in Albuquerque.

River of Lights
The River of Lights is open nightly with a dazzling display of wintry lights. The Botanic Garden will have more than 400 animated sculptures and a music light show. Take a bus from the Zoo with free park and ride on selected nights. The show continues through December 30.

Bugg Lights
The Bugg Lights have been an annual holiday tradition for many years, and are now on display at the Fred Harvey Museum in Belen.

The nightly display from 5 to 9 p.m. is free. Take the kids to see lights, inflatables, and more.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Head out to Jemez, the Carson Forest or the Mount Taylor area and cut your own Christmas tree. Make a day of it with the family. It's affordable and fun.

Shades of Gray
A photographic art show with local fine art photos is on display at the New Mexico Expo through December 28. Admission is free.

Wish Upon a Star
Get a look at Walt Disney the man in this one man show at the Cell Theatre weekends through December 11. December 9 is pay as you wish night.

Peter Pan
Landmark Musicals will stage the classic children's story at Rodey Theater November 26 - December 11. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There will be special Saturday matinees December 3 and 10.

The Real Nut
The holiday adaptation of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King includes puppets and storytelling.
See it at the Aux Dog Theatre in Nob Hill through December 18.

My Three Angels
The Christmas comedy pits three convicts against a conniver, in this play at the Adobe Theater. See it weekends through December 18.

A Christmas Story
A campy leg lamp, overstuffed snowsuits and the desire for the world's best bb gun come together in this holiday classic. See it at the Albuquerque Little Theatre weekends through December 24.

Family Art Workshops
The whole family can participate in this hands-on exploration of art at the Albuquerque Museum on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. Supplies are provided.

Art in the Afternoon
Every Saturday at the Albuquerque Museum, see a free live performances. On December 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., Paul Nielsen will perform. Admission and parking are free.

Foot Golf
Santa Ana Golf offers FootGolf on Friday and Saturday afternoons. All ages can play, and all skill levels. Play 18 holes in about two hours. FootGolf is like golf, but played with a soccer ball.

A Deadly Briefcase
The Foul Play Cafe dinner theater performs Friday, Saturday evenings at the Sheraton Uptown.The play runs weekends through February 25.

Sunday Chatter: Bass Drums and More
The musicians will perform music by John Adams and Carl Fruhling at Chatter Sunday on December 11. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Las Puertas. Get there early for coffee and baked goodies.