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Holidays In Santa Fe

Holidays are the Best in Santa Fe

The holidays are a magical time in Santa Fe with many memorable traditions, concerts and festive events to enjoy around the city.

On Christmas Eve, Canyon Road will come alive for the Canyon Road Farolito Walk where it will be lit by traditional farolitos and luminarias and filled with the sounds of street musicians and the smells of delicious holiday treats. Download a Farolito Songbook for the walk.

Below is a sampling of what's ahead. Be sure to check our What's Happening page for more upcoming events.


Dec. 4, GLOW. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is now in its second year of GLOW, and has partnered with Joe Dean of Lumenscapes Illuminated Media to create the dazzling and extravagant displays of magical lighting. GLOW is a holiday family event with Santa making a guest appearance on Friday nights. Visitors are encouraged to dress warm and come prepared for Snow. Entrance to GLOW is by admission. Children twelve and under are free.

Dec. 16 - 23, Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Join the Chorale for seven performances of its annual “Carols + Lullabies” program in Santa Fe beginning December 16. Tickets for this classical concert of music for the season range from $20 to $70. The Desert Chorale will perform the program at the Cathedral Basilica. Dec. 19 - 24, A Baroque Christmas. Celebrate the music of Handel, Boismortier, Vivaldi, Janitsch, and traditional carols performed by the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble at the Historic Loretto Chapel.

Dec. 20 & 21, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents The Nutcracker. Embrace the holiday spirit and enjoy the magic of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Children of all ages will marvel at this whimsical interpretation of a seasonal classic.

Dec. 24, Canyon Road Farolito Walk.Canyon Road becomes a work of art itself during this annual celebration that is uniquely Santa Fe. Catch a glimpse of exceptional works of art inside the century-old adobes, enjoy the sweet taste of hot chocolate & biscochitos and warm yourself by the small bonfires lit along the road. Download a Farolito Songbook for the walk.

Dec. 31, New Year's Eve Concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Ring in the New Year at this early-evening concert featuring the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra conducted by Joseph Illick, playing Beethoven’s joyous 1st Symphony, as well as renowned violin soloist Vadim Gluzman playing the incomparable Bruch Violin Concerto. Soprano Ava Pine will delight you with her ravishingly beautiful voice, thrilling coloratura, and sensual singing in selections by Handel and Lehár.

For Santa Fe Events for ALL seasons, visit our Must See Events.

In the Museums

New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. “Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time” explores archaeological and historical evidence from before the Spanish arrived, and from the settling of the first colony, by presenting over 160 artifacts from historic sites, along with maps, documents, household goods, weaponry and religious objects.

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. “The Bucsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery.” Continuing through 2014, this gallery exhibits nearly 300 vessels created by outstanding ceramic artists of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona, from the inception of pottery-making in the Southwest up to the present.

Museum of International Folk Art. “Pottery of the US South: A Living Tradition.” Opening Oct. 24, this exhibit will present traditional stoneware from North Carolina and northern Georgia—current works characterized by earthy local clays and surprising effects of wood firing, and explore the dynamics of this living tradition.

New Mexico Museum of Art. On Nov. 7, the exhibit “Hunting + Gathering” will open featuring new additions to the museum’s collection. The exhibition is comprised of nearly 200 works of art that have entered the collection since 2010 in a range of media that includes painting, photography, sculpture, prints, ceramics, mixed media, textiles, and drawings.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line."Opening Sep. 21, 2014, this exhibit will showcase artwork that was deeply influenced by his life-long practice of moving between modern cities and remote sites and explores his role as part of a global network of modernists.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts. “Secrets of the Symbols: The Hidden Language in Spanish Colonial Art.” Open through May 2015, this exhibit discusses signs and symbols used in colonial art that were part of language during that time period but whose meaning is often lost today.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The Wheelwright Museum presenting a survey of works by Diné photographer Will Wilson through April 19, 2015, including six original large-scale images from his AIR (Auto Immune Response) series, and selections from his CIPX (Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange) project.

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