ABQ RIDE is pleased to announce the upcoming 2009 Luminaria Tour. The event will take place on the evening of December 24th. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 27th, 2009.

Costumed greeters will welcome tour goers in a waiting area with Holiday decorations, providing a warm setting and a chance to visit with Santa Claus and enjoy the sweet sounds of the Albuquerque Boy Choir.

The tour highlights the beauty of the luminarias in the Old Town and Country Club areas, as well as Barelas, the Hispanic Cultural Center, and Los Altos Neighborhood areas. ABQ RIDE buses are used for the tour and are provided a police escort in order to maintain the flow of traffic.

The tour takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour and will originate at the Convention Center this year to accommodate the increased demand for the tour. The tour times are 5:20pm, 5:45pm, 6:10pm, 6:50pm, 7:15pm and 7:40pm. There will also be handicap accessible vans available. Free parking will be provided in the Convention Centers Eastside parking structure.

Tickets sales begin November 27th with presale opportunities presented by clear Channel Broadcasting On November 24th. Cost for the 2009 Luminaria Tour is $7.00 per person; children under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.myabqride.com. Cash payments will be accepted at the Alvarado Transportation Center. Hours of service are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. It is recommended that you arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.