Christmas lights and luminarias in Albuquerque 2011

Looking for a little holiday activity to get you into the spirit? There’s still time to take in some Christmas light displays and activities in Albuquerque. Or, if you’re a last-minute kind of person, you can see thousands of luminarias on Christmas Eve. Here’s some information on light displays and luminarias (click on the link for more info).


  • Bugg Lights at Menaul School on Fri. and Sat., then Dec 17-Christmas Eve (6-9 pm), free
  • River of Lights at BioPark—nightly through Dec. 30 (6-10 pm), admission
  • Holiday Light Show and entertainment at Expo New Mexico—through Dec. 24 (Fri, Sat and Sun), admission

If you can’t go to any of these, here’s a link to a video of a house in Albuquerque with a fabulous light display synchonized to music.


The luminaria bus tours on Christmas Eve are already sold out, but here are some tips:  you can use Google to find neighborhoods in Albuquerque that usually have a lot of luminarias, not necessarily on the bus tour. You can also find a map online of the city bus tour route, if you’d like to take the same path.

My tip for viewing luminarias on Christmas Eve:  GO LATE IN THE EVENING. It’s a very popular thing to do, and traffic can be extremely  heavy. If there’s no wind or rain, the luminaria candles burn until the wee hours of the morning. We went at midnight one year–it was quiet, peaceful and lovely. The traffic is gone and you can park and walk around in the stillness of the night.

I’m having fun–come on along!


Bottger Mansion of Old Town
historic bed & breakfast
110 San Felipe Street NW
Albuquerque, NM   87104
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