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Posted on: November 2, 2022

Winterfest; Parade Registration Now Open

Rio Rancho’s Winterfest celebrates the holiday season with multiple fun activities for all. On Friday, December 2, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Center Campus Park, there will be live music, food trucks, free hot chocolate, photos with Santa, a parade, a tree-lighting ceremony, and fireworks. 

Event Schedule

    4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Parade line-up 

    5 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Parade float judging

    5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Music in the Campus Park Sky Room

    5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Food trucks and free hot chocolate

    5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Photos with Santa at Campus Park

    6 p.m. – Parade through the City Center area

    7:30 p.m.—Tree-Lighting Ceremony followed by fireworks

**Schedule is subject to change.

Parade Registration

The theme for this year’s parade is a “The Nightmare Before Winterfest,” which is a take on the children’s film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Participants are encouraged to decorate floats that reflect this theme in addition to being well lit through the adornment of holiday lights. Use of LED low-energy lights is recommended. Parade registration can be done online by visiting It is free to take part in the parade. The deadline to register for the parade is November 29. The parade route begins and ends in the upper northwest parking lot of the Rio Rancho Events Center. 

Additional Information

All event start times are subject to weather, and may be canceled due to such conditions as snow, rain, wind, lightning, or public health orders. Admission is free. Parking and park seating space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Blankets and coolers are permitted. Food vendors will be on-site. No glass, outside alcoholic beverages, or individual grills will be allowed. Visitors can access City Center/Campus Park via Unser Blvd./King Blvd. and Paseo del Volcan/Broadmoor Blvd. The Winterfest Parade and associated activities are coordinated by the Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Rio Rancho Events Center.

For questions about Winterfest, please call (505) 891-5015. 

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