The Details

Experience Nochebuena en Nuevo México with ABQ RIDE on its 54th Annual Luminaria Tour

Enjoy this annual Christmas Eve night tradition in Albuquerque without worrying about parking, driving through snow, annoying traffic delays, or wasting gas. The tour, which begins and ends at the Albuquerque Convention Center, takes approximately 45 minutes and travels through Old Town and the Country Club area.

Ticket Sales

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. They can be bought below. Tickets can also be purchased starting at 10 a.m., Nov. 23 by calling Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251. There will be no walk-up sales at the Hold My Ticket box office.

How Long Do I Have to Buy the Tickets?

We recommend you buy them as soon as possible. In 2017, all 3,600 tickets sold out in one hour. Since this will be a sold out event, please limit your purchases according to your actual party size, so that others may have a chance to participate.

Tour Schedule

Six tours will originate from the Downtown Convention Center on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 at 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.

Parking

Tour goers can park for free at the Convention Center’s east-side parking structure at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Broadway, and are encouraged to arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Please follow the signage to the Luminaria Tour.

Free parking will also be available for disabled and special-needs individuals at the parking lot located at the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Marquette (just north of Civic Plaza). Parking underneath Civic Plaza is also free.  Please follow the signage to the Luminaria Tour. Please do not enter the Convention Center from the 3rd Street side.

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GET TICKETS

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$3.50 Adult, $2.20 Child / Seniors

Starting at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, tickets will go on sale.



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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Luminaria Tour?

This year, the Luminaria Tour is on Monday, Dec. 24, 2018

What time should I arrive and where can I park?

Tour goers are encouraged to arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. Best place to park for free is at the Convention Center's eastside parking structure at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Broadway.

Free parking will also be available for disabled and special needs individuals at the parking lot located at the northwest corner of 3rd Street and Marquette (just north of Civic Plaza). For your safety, please follow the signage to the Luminaria Tour.

Parking underneath Civic Plaza is also free. Please follow the signage to the Luminaria Tour.

Where exactly at the Convention Center does the bus pick people up?

Buses pick up passengers on 2nd Street, on the east side of the Convention Center.

Where exactly at the Convention Center will the bus drop people off?

Buses will drop people off on 3rd Street, between Tijeras and Marquette.

How long is the tour?

Tour is approximately 45 minutes long.

If children are free and I have no ticket, how do I get them on the bus with no ticket?

Supervisors will let accompanied children onto the bus.

How can I be a vendor during the tour?

Passengers will be on the bus during the tour with no access to any vendors. ABQ RIDE is not working with any vendors. ABQ RIDE does not handle any planned walking tours.

Are tickets sold out?

Tickets traditionally go on sale on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and they do sell out quickly. In 2017, they sold out in about an hour. We recommend you buy them as soon as possible online or by phone. There will be no walkup sales at the Hold My Ticket box office.

Can I print tickets bought on the website?

Yes. They can be printed out if bought on the website. There is an option on the website for emailed tickets where purchasers can put in the name of another person who will be using them. Tickets are transferable.

Is the tour accessible to individuals in wheel chairs?

Yes. All the buses are ADA compliant and available for persons with disabilities. Convention Center also has wheelchair access.

Are tickets refundable?

No.

Are there bathrooms on the buses or vans?

No. Bathrooms will be available inside the Convention Center before departure.

Can I take pictures?

Take as many pictures as you’d like!

Can I get off the bus to walk around during the tour?

No. The buses do not stop during the tour to let people off to walk around.

Can I bring food and drinks on the bus?

Drinks with a container and lid such as coffee or hot chocolate will be allowed on the bus. You can bring small bottles of water. You cannot bring food or open liquid containers on the buses. No alcohol is allowed on the buses at any time.

What if it rains or snows, will the tour be canceled?

No. Event is rain or shine.

What streets will be closed or affected by the tour?

Streets may be closed only along the tour route where buses won't be interfered with by vehicle traffic. Click for map of the tour route on ABQ RIDE's Luminaria Tour information page.

What time will the buses stop on Dec. 24 to accommodate the tour?

The routes that are running on Dec. 24, 2018 will run abbreviated schedules. A detailed list of which routes will be running and which routes end early will be posted on the front page of abqride.com titled "Complete Schedule for ABQ RIDE & Sun Van for Christmas & New Year's Holidays"