The Luminaria Tour, a long-standing Albuquerque tradition, is returning after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual tour was started in 1955 by the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce for hotel and motel guests. The city assumed responsibility for much of the tour in 1965, then took it over in the late 1970s, according to a news release.
“After a year without this special event, it feels great to welcome back the Luminaria Tour,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a news release. “I’m grateful to all the city staff, the neighborhoods, and many partners who’ve worked so hard to make sure families can enjoy this uniquely Albuquerque experience together.”
This year’s tour will take place Dec. 24, beginning and ending at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The tour travels through Old Town, and the Country Club and Huning Castle neighborhoods.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at luminariatour.com. Tour times are scheduled for 5:30, 5:50, 6:10, 6:45, 7:05 and 7:25 p.m. This year’s theme for the tour is “A Storybook Christmas.”
“We are excited to continue the tradition this year,” Stephanie Dominguez, interim director of ABQ Ride, said in a news release. “ABQ Ride is also working hard to make sure this is not only a fun and festive event, but also a safe tour for our passengers.”
Riders should arrive 20 minutes prior to their scheduled departure time. Masks are required for passengers inside the Convention Center and on board buses during the tour.
Free parking is available at the Convention Center’s parking structure at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Broadway NE. Free parking is also available for disabled and special needs individuals in the parking lot just north of Civic Plaza. Parking under Civic Plaza is also free.