Locals will tell you that Santa Fe is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but during the winter months there’s always something extraordinary in the air. January is no exception and a great reason to discover and start off your new year in Santa Fe! See why Travel + Leisure named Santa Fe one of America's Best Cities for Winter Travel.
Say “Prospero Ano Nuevo” the Santa Fe way and your 2017 is guaranteed to be a truly Happy New Year! To quote a well-known Ella Fitzgerald holiday tune, “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?”. From world-class musical performances, to ‘Galactic Jungles’ or artful illuminations, there’s something for everyone! Here are just a few that we know you will enjoy.
New Year’s Eve on the Plaza
Santa Fe will ring in 2017 on the historic Downtown Plaza. Round up your family and friends and welcome in a new year in The City Differentǃ The festivities begin at 9:30 pm with bonfires lining the Plaza and hot chocolate available. At the stroke of midnight, The City Different will kick off the New Year in an uplifting and family-friendly fashion.
Sol Fire and Nosotros will be providing music right up to the raising of the Zia symbol. While other cities drop the ball…Santa Fe raises theirs. To round off the festivities there will be fireworks this year!
Family at GLOW
Think of it, a “children’s” New Year’s Eve party! This is going to be something extra special for the family. Be sure to visit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s special holiday lighting display, GLOW, and ring in the New Year with your family and friends! This is one of the most unique lighting shows in Santa Fe—featuring thousands of lights aglow throughout the Botanical Garden, including their newest garden section, Ojos y Manos. There’ll be beverages by the fire, music, delicious food, and a special laser light show. You won’t want to miss this!
A Santa Fe Tradition: New Year’s Eve Gala At Vanessie
For the past 34 years, Vanessie Santa Fe has delivered award winning cuisine. They also know how to throw a New Year’s Eve party! This year the ever popular “New Year’s Eve Gala” returns. Music starts at 7:00 pm through 1:00 am with Doug Montgomery and the Brandon James & James Clark duo. Dine in the dining room and then move into the lounge for your dessert buffet. Vanessie’s lounge is Santa Fe’s world class Piano Bar. You can be sure that you will be treated to the best in music and entertainment in this well-loved location. Be sure to make your reservation early.
Meow Wolf: NYE Style
Where can you ring in the New Year with superb sound, a great lighting system, immersive art, talented DJ’s and hundreds of NYE revelers this year? Look no further than Meow Wolf's Galactic Jungle: NYE 2017. This event will be held at the Shellaberger Tennis Center at 1600 St. Michaels Drive. “Galactic Jungle” starts at 8:00 pm and runs through 1:30 am. Five DJ’s round out the music line up that evening. This will be the biggest party Meow Wolf has thrown yet! Grab your early bird ticket for $25. This is a 21 and over event.
Dance the Night Away At Skylight
Would you like to dance the night away in one of the hottest nightspots in town this New Year’s Eve? Skylight is the answer. Enjoy live music, dinner and dancing until 1:30 am. There’ll be DJs in three different rooms spinning the best in dance and club favorites. From 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Skylight will offer premium drinks at happy hour prices.
All ages are welcome until 10:00 pm. Here’s a tip: you’ll want to watch dancing below from the second floor aptly named “Skylab”.
New Year’s Eve Dinners Abound
Santa Fe was recently named by Conde Nast Traveler Readers as one of America's Best Food Cities. See why on New Year’s Eve as local chefs cook, bake and prepare some of their most delicious dishes. If you’re planning that New Year’s Eve getaway weekend trip to Santa Fe, be sure to make your NYE dinner plans now. Here are some suggestions to get you started. La Fonda, Osteria D'Assisi, Anasazi Restaurant, La Casa Sena, SantaCafe are but a few that will be serving a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner. We highly suggest you call ahead and make reservations.
Lensic New Year’s Eve Orchestra Concert
Want to ring in the New Year in grand style with Beethoven’s Ninth symphony? Enjoy a New Year's Eve Concert at The Lensic Performing Arts Center starting at 5:00 pm. Composed as an anthem for all of humanity, Beethoven’s Ninth is a jubilant way to ring in the New Year!
YouTube Video of Performance Orchestra on New Years Eve
Be sure to dress warmly! Ten, nine, eight, seven,….well, you know the rest. Gather the family and gang to say good-bye to 2016 in true Santa Fe- style. We hope you use some of our suggestions to ignite your getaway before the year is gone! Don’t forget to order your Santa Fe travel guide and check our Deals and Specials!
At the core of its being, Santa Fe County is a place of history, culture and ritual. During the holiday season it feels even more like the urgency of modern life quietly fades. A still, reverent ambience settles over Northern New Mexico as Christmas nears, intensifying the unique sights and scents of a culture preserved through centuries. Perhaps there’s no better sign of the holidays drawing close as the smoke of piñon wood rising from the adobe homes and dancing in the clear night sky. It wouldn’t be Christmas in Santa Fe County without chile, whose colors are, quite fittingly, red and green.
Santa Fe is one of America’s most popular foodie destinations, because, just as the culturally diverse landscape offers a variety of options for exploration and adventure, there are worlds of culinary culture to delve into as well.
Whether you’re snowshoeing the majestic terrain of the Santa Fe National Forest or strolling amidst the magical farolitos during our annual celebration of light, wintertime in Santa Fe is an experience of a lifetime. The City Different offers so much for a well-deserved break from the busy holiday season. Here are some of our holiday offerings to those who need a true escape and rejuvenation of body and soul.
Santa Fe is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but during the winter months there’s something magical in the air. See why Travel + Leisure named Santa Fe one of America’s Best Cities for Winter Travel. Here is a small sampling of Santa Fe events and activities happening in the month of December.
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Five Things To Do During Your Santa Fe Thanksgiving Weekend
Thanksgiving always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and be thankful for the wonders of the year. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the scenic beauty of our mountains and the many unique experiences that are available for you.. From dining in our world class restaurants to the festivities on the Plaza to kick off of the holiday season, Santa Fe is filled with fun. Discover what you can do during the Thanksgiving weekend in the City Different. You’ll be thankful you did.
Saying goodbye to summer is hard, but there’s no better place to take in a deep breath of the crisp fall breeze than the quaint village of Tesuque. Enveloped in towering cottonwood trees that roll out a carpet of blazing orange, red and yellow foliage, the village has a sense of tranquility, making it an idyllic fall getaway. Located just a quick 15 minutes north of the plaza, the village is named after the Tesuque Pueblo it lies adjacent to. Tesuque has been attracting visitors with it’s old-world charm and unparalleled scenery for centuries.
Here in Santa Fe we are grateful and joyous for our history, food and scenic wonders. With 325 days of sunshine a year, you will revel in fun times gliding down a snowy hillside or immersing yourself in our rich history and culture. It’s easy for us to go and on about the wonders of Santa Fe because magic is real in The City Different. Now is the time to celebrate with a November visit. Join us in giving thanks. Here’s a nod to a few of Santa Fe’s best November activities.