Santa Fe Holiday Events & Specials

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Imagine yourself in a city so enchanting, it’s perfect place for your winter holidays and celebrations.
Create your own or join us for the many events we’ve planned throughout Santa Fe this season.

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Holiday Train / Family Gathering Hotshot
November 24, Wed., 1pm – 3:30pm
The day before Thanksgiving take family and friends on a fun afternoon train ride to the Galisteo Basin overlook and back.

Holiday Kick-Off : Lamy Train
November 26, Friday 11am – 3pm
The day after Thanksgiving, take a fun train ride to Lamy and enjoy beautiful scenery with family & friends. Bring picnic or purchase lunch.
Santa Fe Southern Railway Depot
or 989-8600 in Santa Fe
Santa Fe Railroad website

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Circus Luminous at the Lensic
November 26 – 28, Friday – 7pm, Saturday – 2pm & 7pm, Sunday – 4pm
Circus Luminous is a professional circus featuring local aerialists, acrobats, musicians, dancers and clowns. It’s an annual “new circus” extravaganza featuring breath-defying circus acts created and performed by a predominantly local circus, dance and musical cast. Circus Luminous began in 2002 as a collaboration of Wise Fool New Mexico, The Lensic, Moving People Dance Theatre, and Bing! It has become a Santa Fe family tradition – playing to sold out audiences at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center each year.
Lensic website

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The 2010 SWAIA Winter Indian Market with Robert Mirabal in Concert
November 27 & 28, Saturday – 9am – 5pm & Sunday, 10am – 4pm.
Robert Mirabal Concert: Sunday, November 28, 1pm
Santa Fe Convention Center
201 W. Marcy St.
$5 Admission to the Market: $15 Robert Mirabal Concert (fee includes entrance into the Winter Market on Sunday, Nov. 28). The SWAIA Winter Indian Market, formally known as the “SWAIA Winter Showcase,” is a yearly Native arts sale held during Thanksgiving weekend at the Santa Fe Convention Center. This year the Winter Indian Market includes 130 Native artists, eight artist demonstrators, silent auction, a holiday concert by Robert Mirabal and a “Fashion Row” featuring the work of Native fashion designers Patricia Michaels, Penny Singer, Dorothy Grant and Margaret Wheeler.
Showcase website

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Winter Spanish Market at the the Santa Fe Community Convention Center
December 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 4 pm.
Find fabulous holiday gifts handcrafted by more than 100 traditional and acclaimed Hispanic artists. Enjoy live music, entertainment and food.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 W. Marcy St.
(505) 982-2226
Spanish Colonial Arts museum website

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Winter Celebration at the Museum of International Folk Art
December 5, Sunday, 1-4pm
‘Tis the season to celebrate, and all ages are invited to this festive event, which includes two puppet show performances of Doña Adelina by Los Titeriteros. Hands-on art making activities, performance by Sangre de Christo Chorale.
Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill
(505) 476-1200
museum website

Christmas at the Palace of the Governors
December 10, Friday, 5-8 p.m.
An annual favorite, Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together for cookies, live music, entertainment — and the fabled visit of Mr. and Mrs. Claus — in the fabled magic of the Palace of the Governors. A free, family event.
Palace of the Governors
105 W Palace Ave
(505) 476-5100
museum website

4th Annual Holiday Market at the Institute of American Indian Arts
December 12, Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Featuring fantastic creations by IAIA faculty, staff, students, alumni, student clubs and other Native American artists!
IAIA Campus, Library and Technology Building
83 Avan Nu Po Road
(505) 424-5704
IAIA website

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The Nutcracker at the Lensic Performing Arts Center
December 11 & 12, Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm, Sunday 1pm & 5pm
The acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company brings to life one of the world’s most beloved ballets. Don’t miss this glorious production, which has become a popular tradition of Santa Fe’s holiday season.
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W. San Francisco St.
(505) 988-1234
Lensic website

Opening Reception for Christmas Group Show – 25 Artists at Art Exchange Gallery
Sunday, December 12, 4-7pm.
Typically in December we have many small works that are ideal for gift giving during the holidays.
Art Exchange Galleries
618 B. Canyon Rd
(505) 982-6329
Gallery website

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Holiday Tribal Art, Clothing and Jewelry Show at the Traveler’s Market
Friday, December 10 through Monday, December 27
30 permanent dealers shop world markets and bazaars to present fine traditional tribal and folk art, ethnographic collectibles, rugs and textiles, antiques, books, clothing and jewelry. Be sure to visit their Christmas Store inside De Vargas Mall December 24-27. Regular hours Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5 (call for extended holiday hours)
Traveler’s Market
153 B Paseo de Peralta in De Vargas Center
(505) 989-7667
Travelers Market website

Las Posadas on The Plaza
Sunday, December 12, 5:30-7 p.m.
Join the tradition as this annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace of the Governors’ courtyard with carols, cookies and refreshments. This free, family event recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus.
The Santa Fe Plaza and the Palace of the Governors, 105 W Palace Ave.
(505) 476-5100
museum website

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Winter Traditions at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Sunday, December 5, 2010 1-4 p.m.
A special community holiday celebration featuring Native American storytelling, Navajo ribbon and basket dance performances by Diné Tah’ Dancers, Tewa Woman’s Choir (Ohkay Owingeh) and hands-on activities. Free with admission.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
(505) 476-1269
museum website

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Holiday Open House at New Mexico Museum of Art
Sunday, December 19, 1-4 p.m.
Bring the whole family to enjoy this annual holiday event, which features performances by the famous marionettes created by celebrated artist Gustave Baumann, who spent more than 50 years in Santa Fe.
New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Ave.
(505) 476-5072
New Mexico Museum of Art website


Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk
Starts around dusk on Friday, December 24
This beloved holiday tradition delights all who walk Canyon Road, which is decorated with farolitos (small, sand-filled bags with votive candles) and luminarios (bonfires). The joyous sounds of carols and friends and families greeting each other fills the air.
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Ice Palace at RainbowVision’s SilverStarlight Lounge
Friday, December 31, 8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
A hot New Year’s Eve dance party event featuring DJ Jojo. Everyone is welcome.
$15 – partial proceeds benefit Santa Fe Pride
The SilverStarlight Lounge at RainbowVision
500 Rodeo Rd.
(505) 428-7777
RainbowVision website

Stocking Stuffer Art Sale at the Community Gallery
Saturday, November 20 through January 8
Store hours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
One-of-a-kind art works, made by more than 50 local artists, make inspired holiday gifts. Find jewelry, ceramics, small-scale sculptures and more, all priced to sell. The Community Gallery in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 West Marcy St.
(505) 955-6705
Community Gallery website

Holiday Cooking Classes at The Santa Fe School of Cooking
November & December see website for class schedule (closed December 25th)
The Santa Fe School of Cooking is an internationally acclaimed, recreational culinary school and market specializing in foods of the southwest. We offer an array of Southwest Cooking Classes several times a week.
The Santa Fe School of Cooking
116 W. San Francisco St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
1-800-982-4688 or
Santa Fe School of Cooking website

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Winter Fiesta
February 18 – 27
The first annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta takes place February 18 – 27, 2011 throughout Santa Fe’s historic streets and in the nearby Rocky Mountains. Each day will be a celebration of the season with daily special events focusing on Santa Fe’s bountiful outdoor opportunities, Native American and Spanish cultures, the region’s savory and diverse cuisine, the city’s performing arts, and Santa Fe’s endless fine arts.
Winter Fiesta website

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14th Annual ARTFeast in various venues around Santa Fe
Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27
This popular annual event pairs fabulous food with fine art and includes a fashion luncheon, a gourmet dinner and auction, a tour of stunning Santa Fe homes and the Edible Art Tour, which takes place in galleries along Canyon Road, the Railyard and downtown.
(505) 603-4643
ArtFeast website

Performing Arts
There is an abundance of performing arts events this holiday season – please visit the websites of these organizations:

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The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Santa Fe Concert Association
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Santa Fe Symphony & Chorus
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Santa Fe Pro Musica
Santa Fe Playhouse
Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble
Fan Man Concerts
Santa Fe Concert Band
Santa Fe Performing Arts


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