New Mexico is renowned for its many seasonal celebrations of arts and culture throughout the state, many of which are centered on the beautiful and diverse multi-cultural landscape. As the state capitol and a hub for events, markets and festivals, the City of Santa Fe draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many of whom are seeking to experience the living Native American culture and traditions that thrive in the area.
Do you want to experience December differently this year? Then plan a visit to The City Different. Santa Fe never looked prettier dressed in all her holiday color and lights! Add to that a town nestled in historic traditions, then throw in some snow, mix in a bit of annual celebration and voila! You have the perfect Santa Fe winter holiday getaway! It’s our good fortune to have a myriad of festive events that spotlight a different kind holiday season. Bright blue skies with crisp frosty air and ski ready landscape? Got it. World renowned regional cuisine? Always. Holiday music and performing arts? Hello! We’ve got it all.
On October 12, 2017, Santa Fe lost one of its avid and colorful local ambassadors, Billie Frank. Billie was a travel writer and blogger who in conjunction with her husband Steve Collins wrote and published, “The Santa Fe Traveler,” a blog that was read by many in Santa Fe, in New Mexico and even around the United States. Billie was a concierge at two of Santa Fe’s finest hotels for four years and her background in sales, marketing and customer service were evident throughout her respected travel blogs.
She had great love for The City Different and in memory of her spirit and literary gifts, we are reposting a blog from March 11, 2017, that showcases that love. Billie’s sense of place in Santa Fe is honored and deeply admired by her friends, colleagues and those who were lucky enough to meet her.
Fall in New Mexico is a spirited season, with golden aspens, crisp days and nights and a full calendar of events for everyone. Take in a world-class independent film festival or a groundbreaking art exhibit from a MacArthur “genius” award recipient. Meet the ghosts of New Mexico’s past during a spooky Halloween festival on historic grounds. However, you spend autumn in Santa Fe, you’ll be bewitched by the beauty of the season.
If you find yourself visiting Santa Fe during Halloween, you are in for delicious surprises from some of our most talented mixologists and bartenders. Several of our local haunts have downright spooky cocktail creations for you to try!
Take a look (if you dare)……
November is coming and with it begins the wonders and glory of the holiday season. Relax, take a deep breath and think about where you’d like to travel to make the most of the coming season. Did you think Santa Fe? Great! We are here to share the beauty of our holiday traditions and the many rewarding experiences one can find by visiting The City Different this month. Here are but just a few of the events November has lined up for YOU.
Autumn in New Mexico brings a bounty of fresh, seasonal foods grown by local farmers that are representative of the region, from the Land of Enchantment’s famous green and red chile to the Native American’s “Three Sisters”—beans, corn and squash that, when grown together, nourish and support each other.
You can savor the flavors of fall at acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants across Santa Fe County, where the focus is on fresh, local ingredients that are delicious and full of wholesome goodness, too. Some chefs cook with the foods grown at their on-site restaurant farms. Others shop the Santa Fe Farmers Market—one of America’s top farmers markets with more than 150 farmers and producers in northern New Mexico —as well as the Eldorado Farmers Market, Cerrillos Farmers Market and the Pueblo of Pojoaque Farmers Market and crafts markets. Chefs then blend the freshest of ingredients with imagination and innovation to create mouth-watering fare that keeps diners coming back for more.
Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day. A Resolution was passed unanimously by the Governing Body of Santa Fe, which honors and recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States. Santa Fe reserves the day to take time to honor and uphold its valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, urban Indian citizens, and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place.
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday that has been celebrated on November 1–2 in Mexico for many years and has gained a following recently in New Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed on, and help support their spiritual journey.
October offers an opportunity to take a deep breath and appreciate the wonders of the autumn season. Here in The City Different, we appreciate the beauty of the mountains and the diverse cultural and outdoor experiences that are available this time of year. So please join us in discovering a few highlights of Santa Fe’s October events.