Luminaries An Albuquerque NM Christmas Tradition
Luminaria is Spanish for Lamp.
This wonderful New Mexico tradition is Christian in nature with the idea that the small lamps or Luminaries would light the way for Mary and Joseph as they made their way to the stable and the birth of Christ. Originally the lamps were placed only on Christmas Eve but you will most often see the Luminaries through the holiday season.
The Luminaries are simply a votive candle set inside a brown paper bag weighted with sand and placed in a row with others along a walkway, driveway, or rooftop as a holiday decoration. The nightly job of lighting and maintaining the candles is all part of the experience, windy nights can play havoc as paper bags go up in flames. For that reason the modern versions are often electric or battery powered.
Old Town Albuquerque stays with tradition and lights the luminaries only on Christmas Eve and yes they are the real deal. The entire square’s walking paths, streets, Gazebo and the famous San Felipe de Neri church all adorn these magical lamps. This is a must see event if your in Albuquerque during Christmas
The Albuquerque and Rio Rancho Boy Scouts sell the candle and sand bag Luminaries. Place your order early and don't be left out in the dark!
While you’re out enjoying the Christmas lights or the subtle glow of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho’s and surrounding NM area Luminaries. You may just spot a home for sale you’d like to view. Contact me,John McCormack I am able to show you any home listed for sale.