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New Year's Eve In New Mexico: A MapQuest Guide

On New Year's Eve in New Mexico, locals and visitors revel in the possibilities of the months to come. From ball drops to fireworks to First Night activities, every locale rings in the new year a little differently. As part of NewYearsQuest -- a MapQuest guide to the best New Year's Eve sights and sounds in the U.S. and in major cities around the world -- here are three recommended events for New Year's Eve 2011 in New Mexico.

New Mexico New Year's Eve Events Map

Old Fashioned New Year's Eve Party

Red River, New Mexico, is home to a free, family-friendly Old Fashioned New Year's Eve Party. The event -- organized by the non-profit Red River Community House, which has provided local and visiting families with fun since 1940 -- kicks off with a torchlight parade down a Red River ski slope at 7:30 p.m. Families can then head to the Red River Community House after the parade to enjoy pizza, music and games. A countdown ball drops at midnight Eastern time, which is 10 p.m. in New Mexico, allowing even the youngest celebrants to ring in the new year before heading to bed.

Red River Community House, 101 E. Main St., Red River, NM 87558

Jemez Springs New Year's Eve Celebration

Skiers can slide into the new year at Valle Grande Preserve in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. A snowy, picturesque backdrop provides a dramatic setting for the park's New Year's Eve Celebration. Tickets cost $25 per adult and $15 per child, and include passes for moonlight snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The celebration runs all night and includes fireworks and beverages, such as hot cider to keep revelers warm. Guests should be sure to bring headlamps, in case of an exceptionally dark night.

Valle Grande Preserve, 18161 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025

Santa Fe Southern Railway's New Year's Eve Party Train

Families in search of a one-of-a-kind New Year's adventure can climb aboard one of the Santa Fe Southern Railway's historic trains and take a late-night trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to ring in 2012 on the New Year's Eve Party Train. Coach tickets cost $45 for adults and $30 for kids. The price includes finger foods, desserts and a champagne toast at midnight. The train boards at 10 p.m. and the ride lasts about two-and-a-half hours.

Santa Fe Southern Railway, 410 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM 87501

New Year's Eve In New Mexico: Video

The ski town of Red River, New Mexico, hosts a New Year's Eve torchlight parade.

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