Santa Fe Christmas holiday events and more…

We don’t yet know if we’ll have a white Christmas, but it’s pretty white around here now. We’ve had a bunch of snow so far this season and it’s beautiful. Skiing, we hear, is better than it’s been in years. Come experience your own Santa Fe holiday.

Santa Fe has yet another accolade to add to its collection. USA Today’s readers voted it the number one shopping city in the USA. Kudos! We love shopping here, you will, too.

Lucchese,on the Santa Fe Plaza all decked out for the holidays photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe has great boutiques, Lucchese,on the Santa Fe Plaza sells cowboy boots photo/Steve Collins

Holiday happenings

There is so much going on for the holidays that we’ll steer you in the right direction and let you find your own fun.


For holiday concerts check here, we have a list of groups that have annual holiday musical events.

Santa Fe Plaza, lit for Christmas, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe Plaza, lit for Christmas, photo/Steve Collins

Annual holiday events

Find other annual events such as Las Posadas and the Baumann marionettes at the New Mexico Art Museum here.

Pueblo dances

If you want an authentic Native American experience, the annual dances held at the Northern Pueblos are very special. Christmas Day is a good time to go. Not much is open in town and you can see how New Mexico’s native peoples commemorate this winter season.

Other Santa Fe holiday events

Zazie, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi's Elf on a shelf/courtesy Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Zazie, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi’s Elf on a shelf/courtesy Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Zazie, Roxewood Inn of the Anasazi’s little Elf on the Shelf is back this year. Once again, this little guy will  be hiding around the inn and the Plaza until Christmas Eve. Kids who spot the little imp (from the popular children’s book of the same name) hiding somewhere around the Inn or Plaza, can claim a fun prize at the inn’s concierge desk. Clues on where he’s hidden will be posted on the  inn’s Facebook page.

Okay, it’s a bit hokey, but it will be fun and maybe lucrative for you. The Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau is holding the 12 Fes of Christmas from Wednesday, December 11th through Sunday, December 22nd.  You job, should you choose to accept is to follow Ristra the Reindeer, a little stuffed animal who loves to shop. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot the little guy in shops around town. Clues to his whereabouts will be found each day on their Facebook page and their Twitter feed. Take a photo of him and share it on either their Facebook Facebook or Twitter accounts with one of these hashtags: #RistratheReindeer  or #FirstFeofChristmas or #SecondFeofChristmas etc. You get the picture. There will be one prize winner daily. Good luck! Check their Facebook page for more details.

Canyon Rd on Christmas Eve, photo Steve Collins

Christmas Eve on Canyon Road photo/Steve Collins

And don’t forget the annual Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk. We’ll be offering our Christmas Eve Canyon Road Waling Tour just before the event starts so you can experience Canyon Road a bit and learn the history behind this beloved event.

Santa Fe art

Reminder- the amazing exhibition, ,opens at the NM Museum of art on Saturday, December 14th. The public is invited to visit from noon to 5pm and admission is free. The exhibition, mounted by the British Museum is on a world tour. Santa Fe is one of only three stops around the world after it left London. What an honor!

"Painted Desert, AZ", Cody Brothers, courtesy Beals and Co.

“Painted Desert, AZ”, Cody Brothers, photo/courtesy Beals & Co.

The 12 day theme is hot this year. Bobby Beal, gallery owner and entrepreneur presents 12 Artists of Santa Fe featuring 12 artists in 12 Shows over 12 Days. This unusual art event opens on Wednesday, December 18th and runs through Monday, December 30th. On Friday, December 27th a group show is planned. All events take place from 5 to 7pm at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa, 309 West San Francisco Street. Artists in what Beals & Co. call their “dream team collective” include Upton Ethelbah, Frank Gonzales, Cody Brothers, David Santiago, Kiki Martinez, Michael Peralta, Jarrett West, Micqaela Jones, Tim Kenney, Amy Ringholz, Wayne Nez, and Vanessa Wilde.

Shiprock, photo Don Strel

The sacred Shiprock, photo/Don Strel

Santa Fe misc

We mentioned a while back that Kathryn and Dick Huelster of High Desert Field Guides’ map Tony Hillerman’s Landscapes – Southwest Map and Guide written by Hillerman’s daughter Anne Hillerman (author of the best-selling Chee/Leaphorn mystery, Spider Woman’s Daughter) with photos by her husband, Don Strel, nominated for the NM-AZ Book Awards 2013 in the Travel category. They won. Congrats to all.       

Ilan Shamir walking across Iceland, courtesy Ilan Shamir

Ilan Shamir walking across Iceland, photo/courtesy Ilan Shamir

We’ve known Santa Fe artist Ilan Shamir for years. We met him when we first moved to Fort Collins almost 18 years ago. We ran into him on Thanksgiving Day 2012, at a breakfast place in Colorado Springs and discovered he had just moved here. Years ago, this successful entrepreneur took an unplanned 40-day walk across Iceland that changed his life. The experience catalyzed a successful career with nature at its center. His popular Advice from a Tree poster and related products have been around for years. He shares this epic journey at a free event at Travel Bug (839 Paseo de Peralta) on Saturday, December 14th from 5 to 6pm. You can view Ilan’s artwork at his FORCE OF NATURE Studio & Gallery on Upper Canyon Road.

That’s it for this week. See you next Tuesday.

Have you ever taken a Santa Fe Christmas holiday trip?



2 Responses to “Santa Fe Christmas holiday events and more…”

  1. Bobby Beals
    December 14, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Thank you for the mention of the “12 Artists of Santa Fe” event…!

    • Billie Frank
      December 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      Our pleasure. Thanks for bringing so many wonderful art events to Santa Fe.

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