Final touches put on River of Lights | KOB 4

Final touches put on River of Lights

Megan Abundis
November 09, 2018 10:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Organizers have begun to create the displays for the River of Lights at Albuquerque's Botanic Gardens.


Joey Trujillo, the lead welder for the project, works year-round creating the sculptures.

He said his crew is about 90 percent finished lighting the Bio Park.

"For me and the guys out here, it's Christmas year-round for us so we are always excited for this year," said Trujillo.

It takes more than two months to prepare for River of Lights.

The work includes 12 miles of extension cords, millions of twinkle lights, and more than 550 sculptures.

"Some of them are heavy, some of them are a foot-tall to a 30-foot brontosaurus," Trujillo said. "We are going to try and do a whole ceiling [of lights] from this walkway down."

But every year is different, this year expect some new surprises including additions to the dinosaur scene, a special 'magical ride', and photo-ops in the children's fantasy area.

"This year we re-did the UFO so I'm excited to see that happen," he said. "We added a couple of things happening, a fog machine."

The event costs around $400,000 to put on. However, it’s run by a nonprofit, so all of the proceeds get donated back to the Bio Park.

Last year, more than 120,000 people saw the River of Lights.

It will be open every night starting Nov. 24, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For information on tickets and the Park and Ride, click here.


Megan Abundis

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