ALBUQUERQUE - Tickets for ABQ RIDE's 50th Annual Luminaria Tour - a Christmas Eve tradition for five decades - will go on sale at 12 a.m. on Friday morning, Nov. 28, 2014 via the website (which will also accessible by going to They can also be purchased starting Friday, Nov. 28 at the Hold My Ticket box office at 112 Second Street SW in Albuquerque in the Sunshine Building. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The tour, which begins and ends at the newly-renovated Albuquerque Convention Center, takes approximately 45 minutes and travels through Old Town and Country Club neighborhoods. This year, the tour will not be going through the Los Altos neighborhood in SW Albuquerque.

"2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Albuquerque's Transit Department actively participating in this New Mexican holiday tradition," said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. "We encourage you to make this Christmas Eve tradition, especially if you've never been on the Tour."

Cost for the tour is only $3 per adult; children 10-18, seniors age 62 and up and persons with disabilities pay only $1.70. Children nine and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. The cost includes a service charge. Tickets will not be sold at the Alvarado Transportation Center. You are encouraged to buy the tickets as soon as possible because in 2013, all tour tickets were sold out within the first 24 hours of sale.

Tour times are scheduled at 5:30 p.m.; 5:50 p.m.; 6:10 p.m.; 6:45 p.m.; 7:05 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.

Tour goers are encouraged to arrive no later than 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure time and can park for free 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.

For a link to buy tickets or a map of the Luminaria Tour route, go to and click on the Luminaria Tour 2014 link on the front page or go to