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Rio Rancho’s Winterfest 2014 will feature different activities and events taking place in the City Center area on Saturday, Dec. 13.  

Event Schedule

  • Noon to 5 p.m. – Ice skating and arts & crafts fair at the Santa Ana Star Center; skates will be available and inexperienced skaters are encouraged to bring bike or safety helmets. In lieu of skate rental fee and admission fee, please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to one of Rio Rancho's local pantries for those in need.

  • Noon to 5 p.m. – Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance at the Santa Ana Star Center with picture opportunities available for children

  • 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. - Parade through the City Center area which will include fireworks

Parade Registration

The city of Rio Rancho is now accepting registrations for the Winterfest Parade.  The theme for this year’s parade is Frozen Fantasy. 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 reparade picturecommended.

Parade registration can be done online, or paper forms can be obtained at the Rio Rancho City Hall offices of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, 3200 Civic Center Circle.

The fee to take part in the parade is $15. Payment can be made at Rio Rancho City Hall or over the phone at (505) 891-5015. The city accepts credit cards (Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express), checks and cash.  The deadline to register and pay applicable fees for the Winterfest Parade is Dec. 8.

Directions to City Center

The City Center area can be accessed either of the following ways:

  • From I-25, take the U.S. 550 Bernalillo exit and head west on U.S. 550 through the intersection of N.M. 528/Pat D'Arco Highway until you reach Paseo del Volcan/N.M. 347. Turn left onto Paseo del Volcan/N.M. 347 and travel on this roadway until you reach the entrance (on your right) to the Paseo del Volcan bypass roadway and entrance to the City Center area.

  • Proceed north on N.M. 528/Pat D'Arco Highway into Rio Rancho.  Make a left on Southern Boulevard and then a right onto Unser Boulevard.  Travel on Unser Boulevard until you reach King Boulevard, and then make a right onto King Boulevard to enter the City Center area.

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Winterfest 2014 parade and associated activities are coordinated by the Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Global Spectrum, the management company for the Santa Ana Star Center.  Additional event support is provided by the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center.

For questions about Winterfest 2014, please call (505) 891-5015.