New Mexico takes lighting to another level for the holidays – World

Illustration von Cathryn Cunningham/Journal

It seems that the world is slowing down a bit around Christmas time.

In New Mexico, we are fortunate to have unique traditions to lead the way.

Here are some of the events that can be held on Christmas Eve.

Luminarias adorn the old town square. (Roberto E. Rosales / Journal)


For decades, the Luminaria Tour by ABQ Ride has been a tradition for many on Christmas Eve. As in previous years, tickets for the annual event sold out within hours, but those who are ready can go on their own tour. A map can be viewed at

Ticket holders are advised to arrive 20 minutes prior to their scheduled departure, according to a press release from ABQ RIDE.

Tour times are scheduled for 5:30 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:05 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. This year’s theme of the tour is “A storybook Christmas”.

Bathrooms are available in the convention center. Drinks with a lid are allowed on the buses, but food and open containers for liquids are prohibited.

Free parking will also be available for the disabled and those with special needs in the parking lot on the northwest corner of Third and Marquette NW, the press release said.

Parking under the Civic Plaza is also free.

The main areas of the Luminaria Tour are: Old Town; the neighborhoods of the Albuquerque Country Club; and Los Altos, away from Old Coors and Old Town. The tour takes about 45 minutes.

During the tour, masks are required for passengers in the convention center and on board buses.

“Luminarias in Lincoln” will take place on Friday, December 24th at 4:00 pm at the Lincoln Historic Site. (Courtesy of the New Mexico Department of Culture)


“Luminarias in Lincoln” will take place on Friday, December 24th at 4:00 pm at the Lincoln Historic Site.

Sponsored by the Lincoln Pageant Committee and Friends of Historic Lincoln, the event features a special appearance from Santa and his trusty Ross Goober, the Longhorn bull.

Volunteers and participants will start assembling the luminarias in the festival area at 9 a.m. and will place the luminarias later in the afternoon. The lighting of the Luminarias begins around 4:00 p.m. Around 5: 00-5: 30 p.m., just before dark, a very special guest, Goober, the Longhorn bull, will arrive at Lincoln Community Church with Santa Claus. After celebrating the arrival of Goober and Santa Claus, the congregation will hold a service in the parish church. There’s hot chocolate afterward to warm those who want to socialize or walk down the street to see the luminarias. The event is free and public.

The Old Mesilla square will be decked out with luminarias on Friday December 24th. (Courtesy Visit Las Cruces)


The most anticipated event of the city of Mesilla will again take place on Friday December 24th from 5pm to 7pm. The beautiful historical parish is carefully lit along Avenida de Mesilla with traditional luminarias that illuminate the path to the square. The festivities include live Christmas carols and free traditional Mexican hot chocolate. The event is free and public.

The Canyon Road Farolito Walk is a Christmas tradition in Santa Fe on Christmas Eve. (Eddie Moore / Journal)

Santa Fe

Canyon Road is home to some of the best galleries in the world. However, on Friday, December 24th, the Farolitos area will be transformed as thousands of people attend the annual Canyon Road Farolito Walk. The Farolito Walk is free and accessible to everyone. No reservations or tickets are required. The walk, which starts at dusk on Christmas Eve, is extremely popular and attracts thousands of people every year. Please be prepared for crowds and a slow pace. To avoid the hustle and bustle, consider arriving later in the evening, around 8:00 PM. Visit for more information.

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