BY FIESTA MERCANTILE on December 16, 2021
Looking for somewhere to vacation for the holidays? There is no place like Santa Fe (translated as Holy Faith in Spanish) and Northern New Mexico for a Christmas getaway. Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico are perfect for a winter holiday vacation! The oldest state capital in the United States shines its brightest during the holidays with its snow covered peaks and twinkling farolitos. Centuries old traditions and local events are plentiful. Are you ready for wide open blue skies, scenic high desert landscapes and majestic snow-capped mountain peaks? Northern New Mexico boasts some of the finest skiing anywhere. Looking for that special piece of art or gift? This is the place. Searching for entertainment? Historic Venues from Taos to Albuquerque hold special events during the holidays. Nearby communities also celebrate and honor traditions in a number of ways. We highlight some of the must see activities in the Santa Fe area.
Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe - Santa Fe, NM
SHOPPING IN SANTA FE, TAOS, AND OLD TOWN ALBUQUERQUE
SHOPS LINING PALACE AVENUE IN DOWNTOWN SANTA FE
Whether you’re shopping in Taos, Santa Fe or Albuquerque there is something for everyone. Unique products and works of art that can’t be found anywhere else are the norm. This is the place to come for original handmade items such as turquoise jewelry, weavings, art, local food products, and much more.
Our pick for a must see shopping event is the Spanish Winter Market. Winter Spanish Market is a great event that supports local Hispanic Artists and helps keep Spanish Colonial traditions Alive! Typically held in the first week of December the Winter Spanish Market features colonial art and aims to preserve the local traditional Spanish Arts. This is where you can see and purchase works in many styles. Retablos, tinwork, bultos, santos, and more works of art are done in their traditional styles. Please note that sites have changed in the last couple of years due to COVID.
TAOS SKI VALLEY
When it comes to skiing Taos Ski Valley Resort is the jewel of New Mexico. The mountain is highly regarded as one of the best ski resorts in North America. The resort is located just a few miles from the historic town of Taos. It is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains which is part of the Rocky Mountain range. With an elevation of 13,167 Wheeler Peak (the highest point) in New Mexico sits in the distance. Fresh powder and some of the deepest snowpack in the southwest awaits. There are slopes for everyone at Taos Ski Valley. Taos has numerous beginner, intermediate, and expert runs. More daredevil types can hike up Kachina Peak for some backcountry adventure. Lessons are available and can be arranged by contacting the lodge at 1-888-650-0938.
VISIT THE LENSIC THEATRE
Lensic Theatre - Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico are proud of this beautiful theatre. The Lensic Theatre is on San Francisco street just down from the historic plaza. Built in 1931 the Lensic boasts Spanish Renaissance architecture, amazing acoustics and an intimate seating for 821 people. The venue is known to hold everything from rock concerts, movies, school events, ballet, orchestras, and operas. This year on Christmas Eve enjoy an evening with The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and The Santa Fe Opera.
Las Posadas is a celebratory reenactment of the Christmas story of Joseph’s and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem. Las Posadas is a candlelight procession and is held in many New Mexico communities including Santa Fe. In Santa Fe the celebration takes place. In Santa Fe the Las Posadas procession begins at the History Museum and winds through the downtown plaza area and ends at The Palace of the Governors. Please note that cancellations could occur due to Covid. Local churches also hold their own version of the Christmas story.
CANYON ROAD FAROLITO WALK
Each year on Christmas Eve the Eastside of Santa Fe is lit up with thousands of farolitos. Farolitos are small handmade lanterns made out of a paper bag, sand and a votive candle. Droves of people flock to see the twinkling farolitos on Canyon Road each year. They are simple decorations that line the sidewalks, driveways, and roofs of adobe homes and businesses. Many of the art galleries have their doors open and offer warm beverages on what is always a chilly evening. Popular night spots and restaurants are also open. Christmas carolers are common, adding to the festive atmosphere.
MIDNIGHT MASS AT THE CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi
Santa Fe means holy faith in Spanish. Catholicism runs deep in Northern New Mexico. Hundreds of people gather at midnight to worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. The cathedral is home to works of art young and old. Here you will find stations of the cross retablos by modern day artist Marie Romero Cash . The cathedral is also where you can find the oldest statue dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The beautiful statue dates back to the 1600s. We advise you arrive at least one hour early for mass.