2016 November, Santa Fe Season of Joy Presents Traditions, Celebrations, Songs & LightNovember 9, 2016: Santa Fe, which means “Holy Faith,” welcomes everyone of all faiths to celebrate the season with a cornucopia of unique traditions and celebrations of food, song, dance and graceful light displays from the city’s centuries of warm community spirit, diverse history and culture. The City Different always offers big portions and high quality, especially at the holidays. Here are some highlights:
November 25 — Annual Lighting Of The Christmas Tree & Santa Fe Plaza
During the yuletide no place is more festive than the historic Downtown Plaza, end of the legendary Santa Fe Trail and home of the city's official Christmas trees. Every Thanksgiving Friday, colored lights transform the square into a wonderland. Watch the state capital of New Mexico become a world capital of Christmas. Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m., followed by Santa Claus’ arrival on a decorated vintage red firetruck and the lighting at 6:00 p.m.
December 9 — Christmas At The Palace
Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas At The Palace brings the community together for an evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, piñatas, craft-making activities, a chance to operate an antique printing press and the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Claus—all in the treasured magic of the Palace Of The Governors. A free, family event, with donations of non-perishable food welcomed. For more information, please visit: www.nmhistorymuseum.org
December 10 — String Of Lights
This year AHA Festival of Progressive Arts offers a varietal holiday experience where you can find locally made gifts, food and drink, listen to a special set from The Shiners Club and engage with community for an evening of holiday fun. Alcohol for those aged 21+ will be available from New Mexico Hard Cider Tap Room & Santa Fe Spirits. Enjoy a special appearance from Santa Claus and onsite dinner options from The Betterday Coffee Shop, Cheesemongers of Santa Fe and more. For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/AHAFestival/
December 12 - 30 — Tree & Train Display
First National Bank of Santa Fe continues a 60+ year tradition of holiday display at the Main Office on the Santa Fe Plaza. Trains are operated by the Santa Fe Model Railroad Club. On Saturday the 17th the lobby will be open for the public to come in and enjoy the display along with cocoa, candy canes and, of course, Sr. Claus himself. For more information, please visit: www.firstnationalsantafe.com
December 16 - 18 — Winter Indian Market
The holiday-season version of the greatest indigenous art show in the world includes 175 artists from the US and Canada and incomparable holiday gift shopping opportunities include jewelry, pottery, art objects, imaginative holiday decorations and more. Native Art. Inspired. For more information, please visit: www.swaia.org
December 16 - January 1 — GLOW—A Winter Lights Event In The Garden
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden presents GLOW: nights of extraordinary displays of winter lights, lasers and other special effects that transport visitors into an illuminated garden universe like no other. Enjoy festive food and beverages, live music, and nightly visits from Santa until the 23rd. For more information, please visit: www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/events/glow/
December 11 — Las Posadas
The annual candle-lit procession circles the historic Plaza and showcases the Hispanic tradition that recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to Baby Jesus. The group is taunted throughout by the devil from the rooftops but generosity and love win out as the couple and visitors find a warm welcome in the Palace Of The Governors courtyard for carols and complimentary cookies and warm drinks. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: www.palaceofthegovernors.org
Christmas Eve — Canyon Road Farolito Walk
Internationally-famed Canyon Road blossoms in dazzling candlelight during this beloved annual celebration. The adobe-gallery lined road is decorated with thousands of farolitos—homemade candle lanterns—and luminarias, or small bonfires. See exceptional works of art inside century-old adobes, enjoy the comforting hot chocolate, cider and traditional biscochitos in the art galleries, and keep warm singing carols by the luminarias along the way. Simply a must, bucket-list experience for anyone with holiday spirit. For more information, please visit: www.farolitowalk.com
Christmas Eve — Noche Buena
Midnight mass on Christmas Eve at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is a colorful, musical event that incorporates an old Spanish tale about an aged rooster who greeted the Christ Child with his joyful crow. The historic cathedral will be decorated and lit to reflect its Native American and Spanish heritage. For more information, please visit: www.cbsfa.org
December 25 — Menorah Lighting On The Plaza
This free community event from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. is brought to you by the Chabad Jewish Center and Genoveva Chavez Community Center. Enjoy latkahs, doughnuts, gelt & refreshments along with singing and dancing to Chanukah songs and greetings by Mayor Javier Gonzales. For more information, please visit: www.chabadsantafe.com and www.chavezcenter.com
December 31 — New Year’s Eve On The Plaza
Santa Fe rings in the second of a new annual tradition on the historic Downtown Plaza. There’ll be live entertainment, food trucks and vendors, youth and non-profit groups serving warm drinks, and traditional luminaria bonfires surrounding the area. The night begins at 10:30 and culminates in a digital media / light show countdown and other surprises. More details to come on www.santafe.org.
Seasonal — Live Musical Performances
A variety of special live holiday music performances take place in small settings such as the Loretto Chapel and larger venues such as The Lensic Performing Arts Center. Check out all the excitement on www.santafe.org/Calendar.
Seasonal — Indigenous American Dances
The pueblos near Santa Fe conduct unique, ancient ceremonial dances during the holiday season. For a full schedule and important etiquette for these religious events, please visit www.miaclab.org/42.
A full calendar is available at www.santafe.org/Calendar where new events are added frequently.
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