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2014 Farolito Design Contest

Share your creative Farolito creations on Instagram and win extravagant prizesǃ

The holidays are here and now’s the time for joy and sharing the love of the season #SantaFe style with The 2014 Farolito Design Contestǃ Be social and enter to win some great prizes from local hotels, restaurants and attractions (listed below) all while showing off your brightest creative self.

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How to Enter Your Farolito Photos

  • Follow us on Instagram
  • Share a photo of your creative farolito design with hashtags #SantaFeJoy, #farolito and #howtosantafe
  • Tag @cityofsantafe in your Instagram post. Just like that, you’re entered to win some big #SantaFe prizesǃ
You can enter as often as you like until Christmas Day, December 25th. Entries will be exhibited on our #SantaFeJoy Pinboard. Winners will be announced on Tuesday December 30 on our social media channels. City Of Santa Fe employees are not eligible for prizes. Good Luck To All & Happy Holidays From Santa Feǃ


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Judging Criteria

Our judges will use the following as criteria: Farolito Creativity, Image Composition & Holiday Spirit

Our volunteer judges are Enrique Limón, Arts & Culture Editor for the Santa Fe Reporter, Rod Lambert, Manager of the Community Art Gallery and Bryan Cooper, Production Manager for the SantaFean. You too can be a judge. We’ll also award a People’s Choice prize winner for the post that receives the most likes, comments, reposts and overall engagement.

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A Brief History of Farolitos

A farolito is a small paper lantern that has come to be synonymous with Christmas in Santa Fe. Traditional farolitos originated from Spaniard merchants who had first seen similar lanterns in China. When they returned to what is now New Mexico (then known as New Spain) for Christmas, they brought the paper lanterns to life here and gave them their own creative twists.

Traditionally, farolitos are simple and reverent: made from brown paper bags weighted down with sand and illuminated from within by a candle. The lanterns are often arranged in rows to create large and inspiring displays. At the darkest time of the year, these farolito displays represent hope and long-rooted tradition in Santa Fe.


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1st Prize

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2nd Prize

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3rd Prize

dinnerfortwoDinner For Two Restaurant - $50 gift Gift Certificate

Dinner for Two is known for its award winning soups and has been honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past 10 years.

Grass fed organic beef, the freshest fish, local products whenever possible, and seasonal foods are the standard. Everything from soup to beignets has been house made and special diets are easily accommodated. Most of our entrees and sauces are gluten free. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available. Bread is made fresh everyday and is a favorite with our local guests.


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People's Choice

sage inn roomGet Away To The Santa Fe Railyard

All prizes are based on availability and some restrictions may apply.


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