Tidbits: holiday season is here

Last week our Santa Fe Travelers blog turned four years old. With age comes change. Today is the last weekly Tidbits; we’re going to a new once a month format. We’ll be posting on the last Tuesday of the month. Posts will include news from the current month as well as upcoming news for the following one. We’re excited about the new schedule and hope you will be too. Tidbits has been great fun over the last four years, but with other writing commitments, it’s become too much to do on a weekly basis. As always, if you have news to share in Tidbits, we’d love to hear from you. Our new deadline is the 15th of the month.

 More holiday happenings

Christmas Eve on Canyon Road

Christmas Eve on Santa Fe's Canyon Road during the annual Canyon Road Faorlito Walk photo Steve Collins

Caroling on Canyon Road Christmas Eve , photo Steve Collins

It started in the mid 1970s and has become a beloved local tradition. The Christmas Eve Farolito Walk takes place on Canyon Road starting at dusk. Farolitos and luminarias will be lit, some shops and galleries may be open for last-minute shopping and the street will be jammed packed. I read somewhere that up to 30,000 people are expected. Don’t miss the popular hot chocolate and baked goods sale held Scarlett’s Antique Shop & Gallery at, 225 Canyon Road, just past the west end of the historic street. We’re offering a Canyon Road Christmas Eve Farolito Walk. We’ll share the history, traditions and local lore around Canyon Road and Christmas in Santa Fe with the group. Sign up today! Space is limited and we’re almost full.

The chapel at Bishop's Lodge photo Steve Collins

Archbishop Lamy’s historic chapel is at Bishop’s Lodge his former country retreat from life in Santa Fe photo/Steve Collins

Want to meet us and learn about Santa Fe’s fabled Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy? Santa Fe Travelers’ Steve Collins, who has an avid curiosity about local history and culture will be speaking about the great man as part of Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa’s

12 Days of Christmas. Join him on Friday, December 26th at 430pm in front of the living room fireplace in the main lodge. The public is welcome to this free talk.


On Christmas Day, the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival offers Flix and Chop Sticks: movies and Chinese food. They’ll screen three films; the unforgettable Annie Hall, the original version of Mel Brooks’ The Producers and the poignant romantic comedy Crossing Delancy. You can watch a classic film or opt for a double feature and have a Chinese dinner, your choice.


Performance Santa Fe (formerly the Santa Fe Concert Association) will hold its annual New Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Concerts..On Wednesday, December 24th acclaimed young pianist and composer Emily Bear will solo with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as well as some of her own compositions. On New Year’s Eve, the orchestra will present a diverse evening with music from Handel, Beethoven, Franz Lehár and Max Bruch. Tickets for both concerts, which take place at 5pm, are $27 to $100. There will be a Family Preview concert on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 2pm. Tickets for both preview concerts are $10 per person for families with children and $25 for adults unaccompanied by a child. Tickets are available from Performance Santa Fe, the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

Pueblo Dances

New Mexico offers many unique experiences. Many visitors want to visit Pueblos where indigenous peoples have lived for centuries. One of the best time to do this is over the Christmas season when many hold ceremonial dances. Here is a partial schedule. Check with the pueblo in advance to confirm they’re holding dances. These can change from year to year.

Menorah on the Plaza in 2013, night 3, photo Steve Collins

Menorah on the Plaza in 2013, night 3, photo Steve Collins

Today is the first day of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Happy Chanukah! Happy holidays to all. Tidbits will be off next Tuesday but will return on the last Tuesday of the year to launch our new format.

¡Hasta Luego!

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