RIO RANCHO, N.M. – Rio Rancho’s Winterfest 2021 celebrates the holiday season with multiple fun activities for all. On Friday, December 3, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Campus Park, there will be live music, food trucks, a nighttime parade, a tree lighting ceremony, and fireworks.

  • 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—Music in the Campus Park Sky Room
  • 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.—Food trucks
  • 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.—Parade line-up and float judging
  • 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.—Photos with Santa in the Campus Park Sky Room
  • 6:30 p.m.Charlie Brown Christmas themed parade through the City Center area
  • 7:30 p.m.–Tree Lighting Ceremony followed by fireworks

**Schedule is subject to change.

The theme for this year’s parade is Charlie Brown 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, in person at City Hall, or by calling the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (505) 891-5015. 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. All participants must be on site, registered and lined-up no later than 5:30 p.m. Each group will line-up by position determined by parade officials. Line-up positions will be emailed and posted online prior to the day of the parade.

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 via Unser Boulevard/King Boulevard and Paseo del Volcan/Broadmoor Boulevard. The Winterfest 2021 parade and associated activities are coordinated by the Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Rio Rancho Events Center.