luminarias keep New Mexico Christmas traditions alive

Even though the city bus tours sell out weeks in advance, you can still enjoy the luminarias on Christmas Eve in Old Town Albuquerque. The Bottger Mansion of Old Town Bed & Breakfast is in the heart of Old Town, and thousands of luminarias are literally right out our front door. A late-night stroll through Old Town brings the peace of the season with the flicker of candles.

The tradition of luminarias dates from the 1800’s and was inspired by Chinese lanterns. The simplicity of a lit candle in a paper bag weighted with sand takes on a whole new meaning when seen by the thousands on rooftops, walls and along the streets.

Many Christmas traditions change over the years, but some of the old traditions are worth keeping. Come take part in ours.