Registration with Road Scholar group leader is from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.Evening: Program orientation and introductions in hotel meeting room from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Dinner
These classes, with appropriate breaks, will help you understand some of the different cultures involved in this holiday program.Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:30 PM for a guided Albuquerque exploration, stopping at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for a visit at 2:30 PM.
Participants will see exhibits representing the pueblos of New Mexico.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.Evening: This evening you'll attend a service at Congregation Albert, a Reformed Jewish Congregation. The Temple is always very glad to have visitors, and even if you don't know much about the Jewish faith, you'll get a lot out of this service.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The hotel will present you with Mexican hot chocolate and biscochitos (the official New Mexico state cookie).
After you've had some time to enjoy the refreshments, you'll have an informal class from 10:15-11:15 AM, where you'll be given recipes for New Mexico traditional foods, and there will be a discussion as to how to go about preparing these when you get back home.Lunch: Board bus at 11:30 AM for lunch at a local restaurant.Afternoon: After lunch, visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center Museum from 1:00 until 2:00 PM and see many very special exhibits about Hispanic life and history.
The bus will depart at 2:15 PM to take you to Albuquerque's Old Town for some free time on the Plaza.
Bus returns to the hotel at 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room from 5:00-6:00 PM.Evening: At 6:30 PM, bus will take you to the Albuquerque BioPark, where the group can spend time at the annual River of Lights, New Mexico's largest walk-through light show.
There are many sculptures and displays designed and constructed by Albuquerque BioPark artists and craftsmen.
There will be live musical entertainment from a variety of local musicians. You can purchase - if desired - hot food and beverages on site.
Bus will return to the hotel between 8:00 and 8:30 PM.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
First, from 1:00-2:30 PM, you'll learn about some traditional New Mexican handcrafts/folk art that you will learn to make. These crafts are easy and fun, and you'll be given directions for doing them at home if you wish. You'll work on one or two small projects during class time.
New Mexico has quite the reputation as a wine-producing state, and the wines are remarkably good and several have one some great prizes. From 3:00-4:30 PM, you'll learn about the state's vineyards, why NM is a great place to produce these award-winning wines, and then you'll sample some of the best wines we have to offer.Dinner: From 6:00-7:00 PM, dinner will be served in the hotel dining room.Evening: Free evening to do as you wish.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Enjoy this annual New Mexican tradition without worrying about parking, driving through snow or annoying traffic delays.
You'll travel through a twinkling wonderland as the bus takes you to the Albuquerque Country Club area and other hot spots in the city decked out for the holidays. Then, you'll travel to Albuquerque's Old Town.
There, you'll see thousands of the luminarias, historically a Christian tradition, lighting the streets to guide Joseph and Mary to the stable in Bethlehem, as well as to guide people to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.
You'll spend some time looking around at the late-night beauty of Old Town, then go to San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church (we recommend that you get there no later than 10:30 PM) where you'll attend Midnight Mass (which really starts at 11:00 PM).
At midnight, the beautiful bells at the church ring in Christmas Day.
Return to hotel via bus after Mass is over.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Jemez is the sole remaining pueblo out of six sites that once dotted the rugged southern end of the Jemez Mountains, and some of its residents are descendants of the people of Pecos Pueblo.
Jemez's historic main village is closed to the public, except on a handful of days including Christmas.Lunch: Bus will depart Jemez Pueblo at 11:30 AM.
You'll be treated to a very special holiday dinner from 1:00-2:30 PM at the Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort, part of Santa Ana Pueblo.Afternoon: After lunch, there will be some time to walk the scenic trails to the river bosque at the Tamaya resort before returning to the hotel in Albuquerque for a little rest and relaxation.Dinner: We'll provide a 'soup and salad' supper for you at the hotel between 6:15 and 7:00 PM in a hotel meeting room.Evening: At 7:00 PM, we'll do our program closing in the hotel meeting room, followed by a showing of the movie "The Milagro Beanfield War."Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner