City uses Grinch theme for 2016 Luminaria Tour

Luminaria (KRQE News 13)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque’s Luminaria Tour is one of its most popular events and this year’s theme has people talking.

“I think its cute, I like it,” Amanda Padilla said.

“I think it’s pretty funny,” Alyssa Romero said.

And it has people laughing.

It’s a play off one of the most beloved¬†children’s stories, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The city’s theme, “How the Grinch Almost Stole the Luminaria Tour.”

The Christmas Eve tradition is a favorite. It typically sells out within hours. According to the city, the tour, begins and ends at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It takes approximately 45 minutes and travels through Old Town and the Country Club with thousands of luminarias along the way.

Two years ago one of the neighborhoods off Central and Rio Grande threatened to kill the lights, and not put out luminarias, if the city didn’t kill a controversial road design it didn’t agree with. Then, last year neighbors in the Los Altos neighborhood opted out of the tour saying they were tired of the loud and speedy buses.

The city said it has a theme each year, but most of its themes have been pretty vanilla, until this year.

According to the city, this year’s theme, didn’t have anything to do with past controversies. It said it picked the theme because The Grinch is a Christmas icon.

People who spoke with KRQE News 13 say although they think it’s funny, they also think the city made a small jab at those neighborhoods.

“It’s calling them grinches or they’re implying that they’re grinches,” Nathan Renley said.

“I think this gets the message across without being too aggressive about it,” Padilla said.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday morning. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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