Unique Christmas bus displayed in Albuquerque, gains following

‘505 VW Bus’ gets international attention

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque family is getting attention around the world for their holiday tradition.

Twinkling lights have been tediously taped on to create a one-of-a-kind holiday display on wheels.

“When we see the kids doing jumping jacks, we know we’re on to something,” said Alfonso Garcia, Jr. about his Volkswagen bus.

Decorating it each year has turned into a family tradition, and he has become accustomed to exchanging honks and posing for pictures when he takes it for a ride.

“It’s the opportunity to give back to the community with smiles. Simple enough,” Garcia said.

While the bus, lit up outside his home in Northwest Albuquerque, is now a staple of the neighborhood’s holiday light displays; it started six years ago because he entered Albuquerque’s Twinkle Light Parade.

At that time, Garcia said he used about 450 lights. Now, he uses ten times that, working for six hours to arrange them on his VW bus.

It’s worth it, he said, to see faces lighting up in response all over the world because the 505 VW Bus has its own Facebook page.

“The bus had an attitude, so I decided to let the bus talk,” Garcia said.

And people are talking back, posting from Scotland, Puerto Rico and Germany.

Garcia’s most recent video posts range from 2.5 million to 4.8 million views.

“We can reach a big group of people and just make people happy,” he said.

Now his biggest challenge will be to top his display next year.

Garcia said he and the 505 VW Bus will be making a stop at the UNM Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, where he’ll surround his bus with more decorations and pass out toys.

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