Holiday time in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Plaza Christmas lightsDecember is a great time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico. It may snow but the warmth of the farolitos will sustain you as you enjoy December events and shop on the Plaza.

Like so many things in Santa Fe, Christmas is celebrated just a little differently. The combination of Western, Hispanic and Native American traditions blend into a holiday celebration not duplicated anywhere else.

Not only can you enjoy the glow of a kiva fireplace in your hotel room, you’ll have some very special holiday events to attend.

Farolitos and Bonfires
Farolitos, or little candles in bags filled with sand, will outline buildings and some streets in Santa Fe. On Canyon Road you’ll find bonfires to light your way to the galleries on Christmas Eve. The streetlights are turned off which adds to the romantic experience.

Food
Of course you’ll want to try some Santa Fe style cuisine featuring local chiles, but there is a traditional meal in Santa Fe that is a must-have on Christmas Eve. The traditional Christmas Eve dinner is posolĂ© – it’s dried corn, like hominy, cooked in a thick soup or stew with chiles. Many of Santa Fe’s restaurants prepare special holiday menus of all kinds.

Winter Spanish Market – The annual winter market put on by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society will give you the opportunity to see and purchase traditional Hispanic crafts. The Santa Fe Spanish Market, hosted by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, is held annually in July. A smaller version is held indoors in December and is a great opportunity for holiday shopping.

Music
At the Lensic Theater, you may find a delightful Christmas concert or a performance of the Nutcracker. The Lensic is in historic downtown Santa Fe just steps from The Plaza.

Wander the Plaza
Visit the historic Plaza during the evening from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day and you will find glowing lights strung on the trees reflecting in the shine of water, or snow melt, on the pavement. Go window shopping and stop in for Pizza at Rooftop Pizzaria or duck into the beautiful lobby of historic La Fonda. The Plaza is aglow at holiday time.

When You Go
Santa Fe Visitors Bureau Website
Places to Stay in Santa Fe

Photo Credit: Plaza Christmas Lights – Santa Fe Visitors Burea

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