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A Look at Family-friendly Events Across the State for Ringing in the New Year




In New Mexico, there’s never just one way to celebrate the New Year.

This year, in-person events are being put on — of course with health restrictions in place.

From Santa Fe to Taos and

Las Cruces to Albuquerque, there will be plenty of celebrations

to welcome in 2022.

Here are a few of the free public and family-friendly events.


While there’s no public celebration in the state’s biggest city, there are still plenty of options to ring in the New Year.

The Albuquerque Museum will host “New Year’s Eve Before Dark” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31. Officials say the entire family can go to the museum and create New Year-inspired art, as well as tour the galleries for free.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science will also be participating in “New Year’s Eve Before Dark.” The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy hands-on activities, free with regular admission, in the museum’s atrium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum will also have events as part of “New Year’s Eve Before Dark” from 10 a.m.-noon.

According to officials, visitors can learn about history, science, sport and art of ballooning. They can also participate in a scavenger hunt to get to know the various exhibits at the museum. When completed, visitors can turn in the scavenger hunt to get a prize by noon. This event is also free.

At Explora, the interactive museum is bringing back its “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration. This event is for families with young children who won’t be awake until midnight.

The doors will open at 10 a.m. with activities through 2 p.m.

The event will feature two indoor balloon drops at noon with 2,022 balloons.

According to museum officials, those planning to attend must reserve space at a cost for the event ahead of time as walk-ins will not be accepted. The event will be capped at 800 people for the safety of staff and visitors. More information can be found at

Santa Fe

The City Different will say “adios” to 2021 with the Seventh Annual New Year’s Eve on the Santa Fe Plaza.

The free festivities begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, with the Plaza warmed by stationary heaters and cozy piñon bonfires scenting the night air.

Manzanares, Sol Fire and Theo Kutsko will provide live music from the Plaza.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe will provide free bizcochitos, New Mexico’s official state cookie, while supplies last.

At 11:45 p.m., Mayor Alan Webber and city officials will invite the crowd to count down to a peaceful, prosperous new year.

When the countdown ends, a colorful Zia symbol hand-crafted by a traditional local artisan will rise at the stroke of midnight. The Zia will rise against a backdrop of sparkling fireworks launched from Santa Fe’s most historic hotel, La Fonda on the Plaza.

Officials say the event will be conducted in observance of public health orders in place at that time. The event can also be viewed online at


Revelers can begin to get to the Historic Taos Plaza, from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31.

Taos Mayor Dan Barrone and his family will be serving a pig roast dinner free to the community and visitors.

Musical performances by Michael Hearne, Beat Root Revival and Chris Dracup will run from 5-9:30 p.m.

Fireworks will be provided by Town of Taos and Fire Department.

According to Taos officials, parking and vehicular traffic to the Plaza will be closed from 7 a.m.-midnight Friday, December 31.

Foot traffic and the Taos Plaza merchants will be open on Saturday, Jan. 1. Officials say event parking will be available at Loretto Parking Lot and McCarthy Parking Lot located on Cantu Hill, opposite side of I Love Taos. All metered parking lots will be free.

For handicapped parking and for people requiring ADA access to the event, there will be extra parking on the area next to the McCarthy parking lot directly behind the old County Courthouse.

Las Cruces

Will it be red or green?

In Las Cruces, the New Year’s Eve Chile Drop returns to in person to the Plaza de Las Cruces on Friday, Dec. 31.

“We’re excited to welcome back visitors in-person for the Chile Drop,” said Dan Trujillo, interim marketing director for Visit Las Cruces. “This one-of-a-kind event is a celebration of Las Cruces food and culture, and is an exciting way to bring in a new year of new experiences.”

Event organizers says live music, food and entertainment will be offered beginning at 9 p.m. in downtown Las Cruces. The Memphis Band will headline the night.

Main Street will be blocked off around the plaza so the event will be able to allow for foot traffic.

In previous years, when the chile was dropped, it would be red, green or both when the clock struck midnight. This year, organizers put the vote out to residents via a QR code or via their Facebook page.

Voting will continue until 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31.

“A new year ushers in opportunities to try something new and exciting,” added Trujillo. “If you’ve never been to the Chile Drop, we invite you to visit Las Cruces and spice up your 2022. For those coming in from out of town, don’t forget to try our local cuisine and taste for yourself the incredible flavors of Las Cruces.”

For more information on the event or to cast your vote ahead of time, visit the Las Cruces Chile Drop Facebook page.


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Blake Horstmann Talks Nick Viall Feud: Making Amends Is ‘Impossible’




No end in sight. Bachelor Nation’s Blake Horstmann doesn’t see an end to his feud with Nick Viall, he exclusively told Us Weekly at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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“No, honestly, at this point, I’m past trying to work it out,” Horstmann, 33, said while on the VMAs red carpet at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday, August 28. “I’ve tried multiple times, but it’s impossible with him.”

He claimed that he isn’t sure why Viall, 41, has issues with him — and has no plans to make amends. “The dude just does not like me … for whatever reason,” the Bachelorette season 14 alum added. “It’s been years. I’ve just given up at this point. So yeah,​​ it is what it is.”

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Viall and Horstmann’s feud started in August 2019 after Caelynn Miller-Keyes accused Horstmann of being a womanizer on the season 6 Bachelor in Paradise premiere. She revealed that they slept together before the show started filming — only to discover that he did the same with Kristina Schulman the night prior.

After being called out for sleeping with both women ahead of BiP, Horstmann released text messages he exchanged with Miller-Keyes, now 27, before they had sex during the Stagecoach Festival.

After backlash started being directed at the former pageant queen, Horstmann deleted the texts hours after posting them. However, Viall didn’t think Horstmann was actually remorseful for the hate Miller-Keyes received.

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“I know by talking to a lot of people over the weekend that Blake admitted, ‘I know that she is going to look bad,’” the Wisconsin native claimed on an August 2019 episode of his podcast, “The Viall Files.”

He continued, “I know that he threatened people about releasing these text messages for months in anticipations coming up, which makes it all that more premeditated. Then he ended up deleting it when it got really nasty, but it’s not like he didn’t realize.”

The Dancing With the Stars alum alleged that Horstmann was being manipulative to remain likable. “It was more important for him to try to change people’s opinions back to like, ‘Oh, Blake is just a sweet boy who this was just one weekend where he got a little drunk and had a little bit of sex.’ No, he’s been, like, f–king like crazy for an entire year,” he said.

Horstmann — who has been dating Giannina Gibelli since last last year — didn’t appreciate Viall’s judgment. When asked in April 2020 if he would ever be a guest on the podcast that once slandered him, he replied, “I’d rather s–t in my hand and clap.”

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Viall has multiple feuds with other Bachelor alums. Former Bachelorette Katie Thurston revealed earlier this month that she blocked the season 21 Bachelor — which didn’t surprise Horstmann.

“I have him blocked too,” the DJ, who publicly sided with Thurston last month, told Us exclusively ahead of the VMAs on Sunday. “So there are multiple people.”

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Diamondbacks Down Scuffling White Sox 3-2 to Finish Sweep




CHICAGO (AP) — Jake McCarthy hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Chicago White Sox with a 3-2 victory Sunday.

Diamondbacks rookie Stone Garrett launched his first major league home run and Sergio Alcántara also went deep for Arizona, which earned its first interleague sweep since 2019. Noé Ramirez (5-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and Ian Kennedy got three outs for his ninth save.

“It’ll be a happy flight,” McCarthy said after the Diamondbacks wrapped up a 4-1 trip. “It’s nice to go on the road and gain some momentum.”

Kendall Graveman (3-3) took the loss in relief of Dylan Cease, who allowed Arizona’s two solo homers while striking out eight in a career-high eight innings.

“Given (Cease’s) track record, you know what he’s going to give you,” White Sox third baseman Josh Harrison said. “And unfortunately we couldn’t come up with the win.”

Zach Davies, who has gone 10 starts without a victory, pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks and gave up two runs. Gavin Sheets had a sacrifice fly and AJ Pollock followed with an infield single that brought home Andrew Vaughn to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

“That was unfortunate,” said Davies, who was hoping for a longer outing. “But we battled back and won, and that’s all that matters.”

Alcántara hit his fourth homer of the season in the eighth to tie it.

Garrett opened the scoring in the second with a drive to center field. The 26-year-old spent more than seven seasons in the minors before making his debut Aug. 17.

“I haven’t checked my phone yet,” said Garrett, who sent Cease’s best pitch, his slider, out of the park. “I’m sure my friends are pretty hyped.”

The White Sox, who allowed 17 runs in the first two games of the series, have lost nine of 11 and dropped two games under .500. They heard a smattering of boos as they left the field.

Chicago manager Tony La Russa most certainly heard fans expressing their displeasure, but said he and his team aren’t discouraged.

“I just get angry,” he said. “I don’t like frustration, discouragement. That’s loser crap. Just seeps energy out of your body.

“I just get angry and want to do something about it.”


Harrison made a quick dive to his left to stop Christian Walker’s grounder in the seventh, then popped up and threw him out. It was the only time the White Sox needed an athletic defensive play in support of Cease, who induced plenty of easy flyouts.


White Sox OF Eloy Jiménez got a day off to rest his sore legs but pinch hit in the ninth. La Russa hopes to have Jiménez back in the lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against visiting Kansas City.


Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-13, 4.53 ERA) faces LHP Ranger Suárez (8-5, 3.38) on Monday night to start a series against visiting Philadelphia.

Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (10-7, 5.14) opposes Royals RHP Brady Singer (7-4, 3.15) on Tuesday.


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