Easter Activities in Albuquerque

Entrance Gate to Santuario de Chimayo
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Easter wouldn't be Easter without an egg hunt, or for some families, Easter means a Sunday morning service followed by a special brunch. Find an Albuquerque Easter celebration such as a visit to the zoo to watch the animals get special Easter treats, or look for other ways to celebrate the arrival of spring. A link is provided to a listing of special Easter brunches that range from buffets to brunches with prix fixe menus. Or, get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Easter in New Mexico always includes a visit to a holy place on Good Friday. We've included a link to information on the pilgrimage to Tome Hill. We've also provided links to Sancturio de Chimayo, another well-known destination for pilgrims from around the world.

Here is your Easter planner for the greater Albuquerque area.

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    The Easter holiday includes plenty of fun events, to include the Eggs n' Beggin Dog parade and costume contest, family Eggstravaganza at places like Hinkle Family Fun Center, and Easter enrichment at the Albuquerque Zoo. Kids or pets can get their pictures taken with the Easter bunny. Easter egg hunts take place over several weeks, and some of the larger ones take place at Los Ranchos and several community centers. Be on the lookout for very special Easter egg hunts for the kids that can include a visit with farm animals, such as the hunt at Old Windmill Dairy.

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    Find out which Albuquerque restaurants offer Easter brunch, from casual to elegant. Whether dining post-church or just looking for something special, an Easter brunch may be just what's needed. Brunches can take place at hotels, where there will be a variety of buffets, or at restaurants, which offer either buffets or prix fixe menus. Some restaurants provide a standard Sunday brunch with specials for Easter Sunday. None of the listed prices include tax, beverage or tip.

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    Chocolate for Easter can mean bunnies, eggs, jelly beans and malted balls colored like robin's eggs. Albuquerque is fortunate to have a good number of shops that create their own chocolate and candies. Whatever you're looking for, find it at an Albuquerque candy or chocolate shop.

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     Easter in New Mexico often means taking a special pilgrimage on Good Friday to atone for the year's sins. The annual trek in Tome near Los Lunas brings together hundreds of walkers who make their way from places nearby or from as far away as Albuquerque and Belen. 

    New Mexico has a long tradition of Easter pilgrimages. In northern New Mexico, a pilgrimage trail takes travelers from one church to another for those who choose to do so. Besides Chimayo, churches in Truchas, Nambe, Pojoaque, Las Trampas, Velarde, Espanola, and Alcade provide places of rest and sanctuary.​