Whether you’re in search of sunny skies or festive ambiance, Santa Fe is a prime destination during the holidays. Outdoor adventures, fine dining, holiday shopping and entertaining events all await in this vibrant Southwestern city. With so many Santa Fe Christmas events, there’s sure to be something to please everyone.

Celebrate Christmas in Santa Fe

Santa Fe Holiday Shopping

Winter Indian Market

December 16, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
December 17, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Discover unique gifts when you do your holiday shopping with Native artists at La Fonda on the Plaza, a festive environment and a downtown Santa Fe landmark! The Winter Indian Market is organized by the non-profit organization SWAIA (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts), “bringing Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education, and creating meaningful partnerships.”

Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

November 17 through 19, 2017

The eco-conscious holiday gift-giver will want to experience the country’s oldest and largest recycled art market. This event is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials created by more than 100 artists from around New Mexico and other states.

The Shops at the Museum of New Mexico

May through October – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily
November through April – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday thru Sunday, Closed Mondays

If you’re in search of high-quality arts and crafts and one-of-a-kind gifts, visit the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s five museum shops. Discover original works by notable Native American artists, pottery, jewelry, Zuni fetishes, sculptures and books.

Santa Fe Christmas Events - See the Farolitos

Santa Fe Holiday Activities

Handel’s Messiah

November 18 – Saturday Evening
November 19 – Sunday Afternoon

Don’t miss one of the world’s most beloved musical works and a rite of the holiday season, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus’s acclaimed annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Get your tickets early – this baroque-era oratorio performance is the official start of the holidays at The Santa Fe Symphony, and frequently sells out.

The Nutcracker

December 16, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
December 17, 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Surround yourself with the magic of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This iconic production has become a seasonal tradition in Santa Fe. Get into the holiday spirit and create a lifelong memory when you enjoy this whimsical twist on the classic story.

A Baroque Christmas

December 20 through December 24 – 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm each evening

Experience the enchanting sounds of A Baroque Christmas, a local tradition produced by the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble at the Loretto Chapel.

Canyon Road Farolito Walk

December 23 at Dusk

Immerse yourself in one of Santa Fe’s most beloved holiday traditions, where thousands of farolitos (little lights made out of paper bags) cast a glow on century-old buildings along the road. Take in the aroma of burning piñon logs in the crisp mountain air and savor hot chocolate and warm biscochitos while you enjoy the sounds of street musicians playing traditional holiday songs.

Your Romantic Room to Come Home to after all the Santa Fe Christmas Events

Choose one or do it all! There are so many Santa Fe Christmas events, it may be hard to narrow them down, so why not stay with us a few extra nights?

After a day of exploring and celebrating, come back to your inviting room at Inn of the Turquoise Bear. Snuggle up in front of the fireplace with a warm drink before falling into the plush bed for a good night’s sleep.

Book your Santa Fe holiday getaway today!