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Celebrate the Holidays in Santa Fe

The 2021 holiday season is right around the corner, and Santa Fe has plenty of merriment in store for you! From seasonal celebrations to snowy recreation, there’s so much to do and see this year. Keep reading to learn about all the ways you can celebrate the holidays in Santa Fe, NM!

Plaza Lighting Ceremony

The holiday festivities kick off the day after Thanksgiving every year during the Plaza Lighting Ceremony. Offering live music, steaming hot chocolate, and a visit from jolly ol’ Saint Nick, the celebrations are fun for the whole family. As the sun starts to set, the farolitos, or lanterns, are lit and the Christmas decorations on the plaza come to life. This is a wonderful start of the holiday season.

Christmas at the Palace of the Governors

This annual event is a well-loved Santa Fe tradition. Locals and visitors alike come together at the History Museum and Palace to celebrate with arts and crafts, hot cider, tasty treats, musical performances, and of course a chance to take pictures with Santa. (December 2021 dates are TBD)

Festivities at the Native Pueblos

The Native Pueblos host incredible events all year long, and Christmas time is no exception. The first weekend in December is the Walatowa Winter Arts & Crafts Show at the Jemez Pueblo.  On December 11, the Pojoaque Pueblo invites visitors to their Vespers Procession and Dances. December 12 brings the Pojoaque Pueblo celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day. The day starts with a 10:00am Mass, and leads to more incredible dances later in the day. Dates are subject to change, so we recommend checking with the Pueblos before planning your trip.

GLOW Winter Lights Event at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens

Every year, the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens transform into a spectacular winter wonderland during the GLOW Winter Lights Event. Thousands of twinkling lights, bright lasers, and jolly music are the staple features of this exciting display. There’s also a chance to meet and greet Santa Claus. (December 2021 dates TBD)

Visit The Shop: A Christmas Store

Since 1977, Santa Fe locals and visitors have made The Shop: A Christmas Store their Christmas shopping destination. It’s Christmas all year long at The Shop, which features ornaments, string lights, advent calendars, nativities, decorations, and more holiday goodies, many of which are handcrafted by New Mexico artists. They’ve recently started accepting online orders, so make sure to visit their website if you forget to stop by on your next visit to Santa Fe.

Hit the Slopes at Ski Santa Fe

Nothing puts us in the holiday spirit like snow, and Ski Santa Fe is the place to see it! With plenty of runs for beginners, intermediates, and experienced skiers, you’re sure to have a blast racing down the slopes this season. If you need a little guidance, Ski Santa Fe offers plenty of lessons to help you get your footing. If you’re looking to relax after a long day on the mountain, grab a bite to eat at one of the excellent restaurants at the mountain’s base.  Ski Santa Fe is traditionally open from the day after Thanksgiving until Easter weekend.

Cozy Overnight Stay in Santa Fe

These are just a few ways to celebrate the holidays in Santa Fe, NM this year. In the middle of it all, you’ll find comfort and joy at Inn of the Turquoise Bear. Our 9 well-appointed guest rooms are perfect for relaxing after a day of merriment. Warm up by the wood-burning fireplace, cozy up in a luxurious bathrobe, and enjoy a filling gourmet breakfast every morning at our beautiful adobe estate. The holiday season books up early, so reserve your favorite guest room today!

Published September 2, 2021

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