Whichever term you use, we will have them. Folks from northern New Mexico use the term “farolito” for the paper bag lanterns filled with sand and a candle. Those in the Albuquerque area, and parts south, seem to use the term “luminarias” for the same thing. We will have over a thousand of those little sand-filled bags of light, and the lighting time starts around 4:30 pm on Sunday, December 6. There will be music from the NewMexiChords, dancing around the bonfires on the ancient plaza by the Zia Slam Dancers, and crafts for the children in the gallery. This year, for the first time, we have set up some food and drink vendors in the parking area so you can have some snacks or food as well!
This magical picture was taken by one of the Friends of Coronado Historic Site, Jack Ellis. Join us in celebration of the holiday season!