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Albuquerque Annual Luminaria Tour

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 have sold out as of Saturday morning, Nov. 24, 2018. We thank you for your purchase.

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.


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.

Annual Holiday Market @ The Rail Yards Market

5th Annual :: DECEMBER 14th-16th, 2018


You spoke..We listened…The Holiday Market will be THREE Days this year: Friday-Sunday! Keep it local for the Holidays, enjoy a historic experience, and discover the best of Burque’s local small businesses. Nearly 200 vendors of made-from-scratch delicious food and quality handmade crafts will convene for Albuquerque’s locavorian spirit this year for the 4th annual Holiday Market on December 14th, 15th AND 16th, 2018. The event is co-presented by the Downtown Growers’ and Rail Yards Markets together to bring food, art, and music together for the Holidays. Sample New Mexico’s finest cuisine, peruse all the local gifts, create some fun in the Children’s zone, participate in our famous Ornament Exchange, and give back to your community at our Donation Station.

  • 777 1st Street S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Phone: 505-304-8584

New Mexico Bowl

The 13th Annual New Mexico Bowl will be played Saturday, December 15 at noon MT/2 p.m. ET at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN Radio.


Old Town Holiday Stroll in Albuquerque

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season in Historic Old Town!

Friday, December 7, 2018 | 5-9 p.m. | Historic Old Town

Set the holiday season in motion with entertainment, dining, shopping, and more.

Shop local and get any and all holiday gifts in the variety of shops throughout Old Town. Purchase a Holiday Stroll Button at the event and enjoy discounts at participating stores. Proceeds from the buttons will benefit Beds 4 Kidz.

Lighting of the Tree | 6 p.m. | Plaza Don Luis

Sip hot chocolate and enjoy live entertainment in the plaza in anticipation for the annual lighting of Albuquerque’s largest Christmas Tree. KOB 4 will be broadcasting as Weatherman Steve Stucker hosts, live from Plaza Don Luis, located on Romero Street.

The tradition holds a special meaning for the Aceves family. 2017 marked the tree lighting ceremony’s silver anniversary, and the first since the passing of Henry Aceves, longtime Old Town business owner and the one who, along with his wife Karen, began the tree lighting community tradition.


Free parking is available at the lot on the corner of 18th St. and Bellamah Ave. (Map) Free shuttles, provided by Airport Parking, will take event-goers to several locations including Explora, The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and The Albuquerque Museum near Old Town Plaza.

Spur Line Supply Co. located at 800 20th St. NW, will have free parking. Parking lots and street parking is available in the surrounding area, please be sure to follow all parking laws.

Streets throughout Old Town will close to traffic starting at 3 p.m. to prepare for our big celebration. Please plan accordingly and arrive early.


In addition to the fun in Old Town, ExploraThe NM Museum of Natural History and Science and The Albuquerque Museum will be open, joining in the festivities with activities and entertainment for the evening. Enjoy free admission!

At Explora, teens can meet a local scientist and find out about their work and career in the FREE Teen Science Café from 5-7 p.m. Snacks and activity or demo included. Visitors of all ages can Make It, Take It DIY LED Mini Luminarias and Chromatography Snowflakes, take a photo on the high wire bike with holiday props and explore the exhibits. Take advantage of holiday discounts at Ideas, the Store at Explora!

Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season in Historic Old Town

Old Town Tree Lighting & Holiday Stroll is free for the public to attend and is a rain or shine event.

Traditional Winter Spanish Market

Join us for the 2018 WINTER SPANISH MARKET
Presented by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society

December 1-2, 2018
National Hispanic Cultural Center,
1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Authentic 400 year old traditions and innovative Spanish Colonial style artwork, made by New Mexico artists. Come and join this Hispanic festival including art, local music, food, demonstrations and more. Interact personally with extraordinary artists; learn about their traditions; take home a special purchase to add to a collection or give as a gift.

$6 Individual OR $10 for two people
Children under 12 are free admission

2018 Winter Spanish Market Artists

2018 Winter Spanish Market Sponsors

Entertainment Schedule

Weekend Schedule

Festival of Trees @ Albuquerque Convention Center

The Wonderland returns at the 2018 Festival of Trees!

The Festival of Trees is a two-day celebration of the children served by the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.

Admission is free. With over 80 uniquely decorated trees and a variety of center pieces and wreaths on display and available for purchase, the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees is the largest in New Mexico!

Complimentary coffee, hot cocoa, children crafts, live entertainment and visits with Santa for children young and old!

100% of the proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefits the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.

December 1st & 2nd from 10 am to 6 pm
Ticketed Events
November 30th from 6 pm to 11 pm &
December 1st from 6 pm to 9 pm

December 1st & 2nd, 2018

Albuquerque Convention Center

Best of City 2018

Albuquerque The Magazine presents the 14th Annual Best of the City Party, Nov. 29, 2018, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Sandia Resort and Casino. This is your chance to celebrate everything that makes Albuquerque so special—a one-night party with the best of Albuquerque!

As anyone who’s ever been to this party can attest, it is THE party of the year. Albuquerque’s best restaurants, people, services, entertainers, personalities, and musicians will all converge on Sandia’s big ballroom for this unbelievable blowout! Nearly 100 vendors will be giving out free samples of food, drinks, products, and so much more. Every guest also gets a branded bag to fill with free goodies, plus a copy of Albuquerque The Magazine’s Dec/Jan “Best Of The City” issue!

Get your discounted tickets now (tickets at the door will go up to $50).

Thanksgiving Weekend Rio Grande Annual Holiday Show

Bring your friends and family to the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, Thanksgiving Weekend, to kick-off that holiday shopping and ease into the season! Every November, this renowned festival comes to life at Expo New Mexico to shake things up during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Here, shoppers can find the most memorable and original gifts for everyone on their list, whether it’s a whimsical piece of pottery, a handmade leather belt, one-of-a-kind jewelry, a cool photograph or a striking piece of fine art. The Rio Grande Holiday Show marks a great opportunity for artists and festival goers to experience one of Albuquerque’s best-loved events while enjoying live holiday music, festive food sampling, and much more. It’s no surprise that this festival takes the turkey when it comes to New Mexico’s Thanksgiving Weekend traditions!


November 23, 24, 25 2018


Friday: 10AM–5PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Sunday: 10AM–4PM


Expo New Mexico’s Manuel Lujan Building: 300 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

The Festival will be held indoors in the Lujan Exhibit Complex at Expo NM Fairgrounds in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From I-40, exit south on Louisiana Blvd. – turn west on Lomas Blvd. – turn south on San Pedro Blvd. Turn in at Gate 3 or 4 to enter the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds.


Parking at EXPO New Mexico is $5, or free if you are a Grande Pass holder. There is a complimentary shuttle van running from parking lots to the show daily from 10-4.

New Mexico Artisan Market

New Mexico Artisan Market arrives to the vibrant New Mexico marketplace scene bringing an event where local artisans can gather together and showcase their custom crafted products and goods. The mission is to expand and build the creative economy of New Mexico by supporting and promoting the local creative talent.

Nov 23, 10:00 AM – Nov 25, 5:00 PM

Regular Hours

Fri – 11am – 5pm

Sat & Sun – 10am-5pm

Nov. 23rd Opening Day

VIP Early Bird Admission / 11am – 12pm

General Admission / 12pm – 5pm


Mix & mingle from 8pm – 9pm

At Q Bar inside Hotel Albuquerque

Saturday Nov. 24th
Small Business Saturday

General Admission / 10am – 5pm

Sunday Nov. 25th
Closing Day

General Admission / 10am – 5pm

Continue the holiday celebration!

Shop locally and support

New Mexico’s finest artisans.

Spend three days shopping, taking inventory, making notes, selecting the perfect gifts for loved ones…and, oh yeah, treating yourself in the process of course.

This inaugural shopping event is the only market that exclusively curates the best New Mexican artisans from all across the state. So, come join us as we bring to you an amazing selection of high quality and handcrafted goods.

River of Lights @ ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden

The holidays sparkle each year at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

Enjoy the magic of millions of twinkling lights and more than 500 dazzling holiday displays at New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show! River of Lights was named one of “The 15 Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays in the U.S.” in 2016. Come see why! Learn more about how this amazing light show comes to life each year.


Holiday Nature Crafts

BioPark Education offers free Holiday Nature Crafts in the Education building on Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.

G-Scale Model Railroad

Special holiday trains chug through the Garden Railroad exhibit until 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, weather and volunteer staff permitting.

Polar Bear Express

Polar Bear Express is a magical, nighttime experience aboard the Rio Line Train on a journey to meet Santa & experience the glow of River of Lights! Tickets go on sale November 1!


In 1997, River of Lights began as a fundraiser for the BioPark. Today, proceeds continue to support a variety of ABQ BioPark projects through the New Mexico BioPark Society.

Each year’s show unveils ingenious new sculptures and stunning displays made by BioPark artists and craftsmen.

Free Park & Ride

Take a bus from the Zoo to avoid the traffic with free park and ride on select nights! Park & Ride buses are boarded via stairs and are not wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking is available at the Aquarium/Botanic Garden lot.

Service Runs Select Nights only.