Spend an enchanting evening at Luminaria de Abó on December 3rd

More than 1,000 luminarias, handmade, hand-placed and hand-lit, will illuminate the landscape of Mission San Gregorio de Abó on December 3, tracing the outlines of the 17th-century church. Courtesy/FSPM

Friends of the Salinas Pueblo Missions News:

Mountainair – Spend an enchanted evening among the ruins of Abó in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, illuminated by more than 1,000 luminarias.

Luminara de Abó is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd from 5pm to 7pm and is sponsored by the Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions.

New Mexico’s latest Luminaria event is taking place at the San Gregorio de Abó Mission in Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. More than 1,000 luminarias, handmade, hand-placed and hand-lit, will illuminate the landscape and trace the outline of the 17th-century church.

Friends of Salinas Pueblo Missions is partnering with the Manzano Mountain Art Council (MMAC) to host the event. Founded in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, MMAC is dedicated to advancing art appreciation and programming in Mountainair and the Estancia Valley.

This is the second annual Luminaria de Abó but the first since 2019 due to restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the largest Luminaria event in central New Mexico.

The local community will hold a mass at 4:00 p.m., followed by a posada re-enactment. Guided tours of the Abó Mission will be open to the public after the Mass. Complimentary refreshments, live music, and piñatas for the kids are provided.

“We should have a bright, nearly full moon to complement the glow of the luminarias. It should be a beautiful sight for all visitors and a feast for night photographers,” said Tom Worker of Friends of the Salinas Pueblo Missions, event sponsor. (*Link below to video assets includes interview with Tom Worker).

After a quiet stroll through the Mission, Worker invites those attending the Night of Luminarias to gather at the festively decorated gathering place near the NPS Visitor Center for a complimentary hot drink, tamale, and bizcochito cookies.

Local musicians provide music that highlights the cultural aspect of the celebration, and children can participate in smashing the candy-filled piñata.

WHERE: Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument in Abó is nine miles west of Mountainair, just off Highway 60 and half a mile north on NM 513.

The event is free to the public, but a $5 per truckload donation is encouraged.

All funds raised go directly to support all three Salinas Pueblo Missions. For more information, visit the friendsofsalinas.org website or their Facebook page.

  • FEE: Free, donations greatly appreciated
  • LOCATION: Abó Unit: Latitude: 34° 27′ 12.59″ N Longitude: -106° 19′ 35.40″ W.
  • ADDRESS: Abó Unit) Visitor Center, 105 S Ripley Ave, Mountainair, NM 87036
  • PHONE: 505.847.2585