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Published: 11/15/2013
Heather Arnold Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours, Inc. (505) 933-5667

Albuquerque’s Newest Favorite Holiday Tradition is Exclusively by Bicycle

Local bicycle tour operator offers a unique experience of Albuquerque’s time-honored lights and luminaria displays

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Nov 15, 2013 -- Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours (, a local bicycle tour and rental shop near historic Old Town Albuquerque, has announced their third annual ‘Lights and Luminarias’ bike tour on December 24 (Christmas Eve). 

Participants will travel through the heart of Albuquerque, down luminaria-lined avenues in Old Town and past the glowing hot air balloons and spectacular holiday displays of the Country Club neighborhood. These areas limit their streets to automobile traffic on Christmas Eve, and together host the City’s largest concentration of lights and luminarias. Old Town also features the City’s impressive holiday tree and the celebrated decorations / ceremonies of the San Felipe de Neri church. 

In its third year, ‘Lights and Luminarias’ is the first professionally-led bicycle tour on Christmas Eve in Albuquerque, and allows participants to bypass the headaches and congestion traditionally faced by motorists. Tour packages may be customized with a number of amenities including twinkle-light bike rentals (each bike is wrapped with LED holiday lights) and a choice of body-warming artisan beverages from the New Mexico Tea Company ( or Chocolate Cartel (, which come served in a keepsake Routes mug. All participants will enjoy spiced cider and handmade biscochitos (the state cookie of New Mexico) upon returning to Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours. 

New Mexico is famous for its 200 year-old tradition of lighting luminarias (or farolitos) on Christmas Eve. Each luminaria consists of a brown paper bag illuminated from within by a votive candle. Thousands of luminarias are arranged in rows and patterns along streets, in plazas, and on rooftops throughout Albuquerque to create an unmatched display of flickering light. 

“We are honored to share the holiday magic of New Mexico with our guests in such an intimate, unique way”, said Josh Arnold, who owns and operates Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours with his wife, Heather. “Albuquerque has one of the most impressive holiday displays in the United States, and this bicycle tour allows total immersion. Lights and Luminarias has become one of the city’s most beautiful new holiday traditions". 

Guests can purchase tickets for the ‘Lights and Luminarias’ tour on the Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours website simply by selecting their preferred tour time (, or by calling (505) 933-5667 during business hours. The tour is approximately one hour, and adult packages begin at $18, youth tickets at $12. Customers may also choose to bring their own bicycles at a discount. 

About Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours 

Routes Bicycle Rentals & Tours ( is a family-owned bicycle tour and rental boutique in the historic urban core of Albuquerque, NM with a focus on providing unique, sustainable experiences and products for their patrons. Founded in spring 2011, Routes is the only company in Albuquerque to feature professionally-guided bicycle tours and rentals throughout the year. Daily, custom, and seasonal packages are available including ‘Lights and Luminarias’, ‘Bikes and Brews’, ‘Velo-Tines’, and ‘Bikes and Balloons’ in October. Routes offers a range of high-end bicycle types and sizes to choose from including Cannondale road bikes and the company’s signature, yellow-tire city cruisers. Snowshoes are offered in winter months and can be enjoyed 

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