If you would like to do your own luminaria driving tour of Albuquerque, here are some tips:
- turn your headlights off and just use parking lights when driving through the neighborhoods
- drive slowly (5-10 mph) and carefully, as people will be walking around long into the night
- remember to turn your headlights back on at the end
Walking or driving around Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Christmas Eve to see the luminarias is a time-honored tradition. The Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast is right in the heart of Old Town, which is illuminated by thousands of luminarias on Christmas Eve. We think the best time to see them is after 10:00 p.m. when the bus tours have stopped and most of the traffic is gone. The candles will burn until about 2-3:00 a.m., and people will often walk or drive around to see them after midnight church service.