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Winter in Carlsbad isn’t about snow, ice or cold. It’s about warmth. The warmth of the holiday season. And families coming together. Carlsbad, New Mexico is alive with the ultimate celebration of the season – Christmas on the Pecos River.

This magical vista is created by over 100 homeowners who spend hours decorating with care. Each house is unique. From the Christmas in the Desert Southwest theme at one home to Santa’s Play land at another, Carlsbad NM residents show their creativity as much as their community pride. Each year the Holiday Season on the Pecos wraps itself around the riverfront, illuminating backyards, boat docks and islands with millions of lights. The Pecos River Holiday Lights shimmers with color. Wise men and angels glow on sloping lawns. Giant margarita glasses and bright stars reflect on the water.

Everyone in Carlsbad, New Mexico gets involved too, not just homeowners. Carlsbad Navy officers navigate each of the three pontoon boats through this spectacular show of Yuletide River Christmas Lights along the Pecos River Christmas Cruise. Each officer is a volunteer and Chamber of Commerce member who has been specially trained in boating safety and operations.

The First Christmas on the Pecos River boat tour took place in 1992 aboard the Princess a pontoon boat that seated 10 people. Today the Christmas on the Pecos fleet includes the Noelle- which seats 40 passengers, the Bella Sera-which seats 45 people, the Bella Notte-which seats 18 people and the historic George Washington Paddle Wheeler-which seats 40 people. All vessels depart nightly except for the George Washington which operates Fridays and Saturdays only and is a half trip only.

Christmas on the Pecos River Boat tours are 40 minute long that sets sail 12-15 times per night between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Thanksgiving weekend to New Year’s Eve. Tours depart from the Pecos River Village, a quaint, turn-of-the-century park that is transformed into a wonderland of sparkling lights and delights. Wander through a gallery full of gifts created by local artists and enjoy holiday refreshments at the Pecos River Village before and after your tour.