Albuquerque may be the largest city in New Mexico, but it’s really the quaint, historic streets of Old Town Albuquerque that draw visitors in. There are, of course, plenty of things to do in Old Town Albuquerque, but regardless of when you visit, you should always find the time to visit the San Felipe de Neri Church. That is particularly true as the magic of the holiday season comes into focus.
Throughout the holiday season, Old Town Albuquerque will be festively decorated with luminaries and twinkling lights, bringing magic to these already special streets. If you find yourself in Old Town Albuquerque on December 1, don’t miss the annual tree lighting and holiday celebration. During this Old Town Holiday Stroll, there will be excellent shopping, live entertainment, and plenty of seasonal merriment. Not only that, but certain museums will be free and open to the public!
Of course, while celebrating the season, don’t miss a visit to the sacred heart of Old Town, the San Felipe de Neri Church. Not only is the San Felipe de Neri Church, which dates back to 1793, one of the oldest surviving buildings in Albuquerque, but it is also the only building in Old Town dating to the Spanish Colonial era of Albuquerque. It’s a remarkable testament to history and the heart of Old Town Albuquerque.
The San Felipe de Neri Church and all the top things to do in Old Town Albuquerque are just steps away from our Bed and Breakfast in Albuquerque. Our location is hard to beat, and that’s why many people consider our Inn the best place to stay in Albuquerque. However, a stay here is more about the experience than the location. We offer guests well-appointed, historic accommodations and exceptional hospitality. Don’t miss your opportunity to visit our Bed and Breakfast in Albuquerque this holiday season. Book your room today!
Visit the San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town
One of the many reasons to visit the charming streets of Old Town Albuquerque is to admire the historic architecture of the buildings here. Nowhere is that more true than the San Felipe de Neri Church.
Though the San Felipe de Neri Parish has been the sacred heart of Old Town Albuquerque for more than 300 years, the current church was constructed in 1793. Though many of the buildings in this area have been destroyed over the years, the church still stands strong and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Though the building is predominantly constructed in the more traditional old adobe-style architecture, it has been renovated over the years and also features various Victorian and Gothic elements. It’s a true testament to time and very worth the visit, even if you aren’t Catholic.
The San Felipe de Neri Parish is open to the public daily from 10 am – 4 pm, with masses taking place earlier in the mornings on Sunday. The public is welcome to attend Mass at the San Felipe de Neri Church – and if you want the experience to be even more meaningful, consider one of the holiday masses on Thanksgiving or around Christmas.
While touring inside the San Felipe de Neri Church, don’t miss the chance to visit their museum. It’s filled with various furnishings and religious art used in the parish over the years. There’s also a gift shop worth browsing, with all proceeds directly supporting maintaining this parish and building.
Outside the church, don’t miss the remnants of the historic cottonwood tree that stands on the corner, holding a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. From there, continue and enjoy all the best things to do in Old Town Albuquerque!
More Great Things to Do in Old Town Albuquerque
Aside from admiring the beautiful San Felipe de Neri Church, there are many great things to do in Old Town Albuquerque. Whether you’re in town to do a little holiday shopping, visit local museums, or get out and explore the beautiful trails and attractions surrounding our charming city, we’d love to treat you to a bit of Albuquerque’s Old Town flair.
As the San Felipe de Neri Church was established in 1706, it became the heart of the community, and this Old Town was transformed from a more disconnected farming community to a village. It’s been part of many countries over the years and has something of a violent history, but today, Old Town Albuquerque stands as an enduring cultural legacy filled with interesting things to see and do. Below, we’ve listed some of the best things to do in Old Town Albuquerque.
- After you visit the San Felipe de Neri Church, don’t miss the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which features wood-beamed ceilings and authentic adobe walls lined with hand-carved writings.
- With over 150 shops in this small part of town, you can take your time and shop ’til you drop! There are plenty of places to love, but one, in particular, that you don’t want to miss is Old Town Portal Market, a home for local artisans, where you can also find some truly remarkable and handmade Native crafts, including things like Jewelry, pottery, and rugs.
- You could spend days exploring Old Town, so while you’re admiring and exploring, keep yourself fueled at these restaurants in Old Town Albuquerque – they are some of the best in town!
- Head to Casa Flamenca for an exciting evening of entertainment.
- Consider taking a history & ghost tour to learn more about the fascinating history of Old Town Albuquerque.
- Old Town Albuquerque is also home to some of the best museums in town, including the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, and the Albuquerque Museum.
Keep in mind that all of this and more is within walking distance of our Bed and Breakfast in Albuquerque. Why stay anywhere else when you can be treated to the best hospitality in town? Book your room at our Bed and Breakfast in Albuquerque today!