Tidbits: ’tis the season… holiday pagents, music and more….

One of our favorite times of year in Santa Fe is the month leading up to Christmas. It becomes a city of light, pageantry and special events. It’s a great time to visit. For the next few weeks, Tidbits will be packed with events. One of our favorite holiday events is the annual Christmas Eve Canyon Road Farolito Walk. If you want to experience this magical time with us, sign up for our tour. We’ll share a bit of history, traditions and fun with you. Size is limited to 12 people. If you want to sign up or get additional information, contact us.

This weekend in Santa Fe

Unique lamps at Recycle Santa Fe photo Steve Collins

Unique lamps at Recycle Santa Fe made from upcycled materials photo/Steve Collins

Head to the fun and quirky Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival at the Santa Fe Convention Center. At night, head up to Glow A Winter Holiday Lights Event at the Santa Fe Botanic Garden on Museum Hill.

Another reminder: on Sunday, December 7th the New Mexico History Museum will open their new installation, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and its Legacy at 10am. It will join the museum’s permanent exhibition, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now. The new segment tells the story of the Fred Harvey Company and its impact on New Mexico. There have been a few changes to the schedule we reported in Tidbits’ 11/18 edition. The Katrina Parks documentary film, The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound will be show at film will be shown at 10 and 11am, noon, and 4pm. A new addition to the day: the Winslow Harvey Girls will be showing vintage Harvey House china in the museum lobby from 10am to 4pm. Admission to events are free with museum admission. New Mexico residents are admitted free on Sundays with ID.

Ski Santa Fe photo Joy Frank-Collins

A young skier on the slopes at Ski Santa Fe photo/Joy Frank-Collins

Just before we published this an email arrived announcing that Ski Santa Fe will open on Saturday, December 6th. They’ll have the Quad Chairlift, Easy Street Beginner Chairlift and Pine Flats Conveyor Lift open. All their facilities including restaurants and snack shops, ski rentals and school will be up and running.

The weekend of December 12th – a busy time

 Christmas at the Palace

Christmas at the Palace of the Christmas at the Palace photo/courtesy Palace of the Governors

Christmas at the Palace of the Christmas at the Palace photo/courtesy Palace of the Governors

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with Christmas at the Palace. The event, at the Palace of the Governors (the oldest government building in continuous use in the USA), runs from 5:30 to 8pm. This popular event for locals, started in 1985, is always on the Friday before Las Posadas. Santa Feans fill the historic building and its courtyard, greeting friends as they go. It’s a great event for tourists, too. The Palace, now part of the New Mexico History Museum, lights up for the occasion. Walk through the rooms, look at the exhibitions which include Spanish Colonial Art and listen to live music played by both children’s and professional groups. Head for the courtyard, lit by luminarias and farolitos, for hot drinks, biscochitos and of course, Santa Claus (and Mrs. Claus). There will also be piñatas, craft-making activities, and a chance to operate an antique printing press. You’ll even find seasonally-themed piñatas hanging, befitting the city’s Mexican heritage. This event is a winner for the entire family. Admission is free.

Young Native Artists Holiday Show and Sale

The Palace of the Governors is known for the Native American artisans who set up under their portal daily to sell their handcrafted wares. On Saturday and Sunday, they’ll host the annual Young Native Artists Holiday Show and Sale. The event features work from the next generation of artists, all children and grandchildren of current vendors. Entrance to the sale is free. Use the Washington Avenue doors. Hours are 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 2pm on Sunday. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts from the next generation of artisans.

Las Posadas

Los Posadas Santa Fe photo Steve Collins

Joseph and Mary searching for a room at the inn at Sant Fe’s Las Posadas , photo/Steve Collins

The weekend ends on Sunday evening with the annual Las Posadas. The event,, starting at 5:30, is a reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for a room in Bethlehem. The procession begins at the historic Palace of the Governors (the oldest government building in the United States still in use) and wends its way around the Plaza, picking up people along the way. The holy couple stops at an “inn” and all of a sudden the devil pops out of the darkness in a flash of light. He gestures menacingly at the couple and their followers while screaming curses at them in 16th century Spanish. The crowd boos. This is done three more times (once at each side of the Plaza). The walk culminates in the Palace’s courtyard. Head inside for hot cider and biscochitos (the New Mexico State Cookie) and crackling luminarias (piñon bonfires). The procession starts at the Washington Avenue side of the Palace of the Governors..

Santa Fe School of Cooking

Not all events this busy weekend are centered in the Plaza. The Santa Fe School of Cooking is celebrating their 25th anniversary with an event at the school on Saturday, December 13th from 2 to 5pm. Owners Susan Curtis and her daughter Nicole Ammerman Curtis will introduce and sign their new book Santa Fe School of Cooking: Celebrating the Foods of New Mexico. There will also be food tastes greeting visitors as well as lots of holiday shopping opportunities.

Santa Fe Music

The Santa Fe Community Orchestra, will present a free community orchestra concert on Sunday, December 14th at 2:30pm at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art. They’ll perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 as well as works also by Vaughan Williams and Franz Berwald. Admission to the concert is free, but donations are appreciated.

Santa Fe Pro Musica at the Loretto Chapel, courtesy Santa Fe Pro Musica

Santa Fe Pro Musica at the Loretto Chapel, pjhoto/courtesy Santa Fe Pro Musica

The Santa Fe Pro Musica presents its annual holiday concert series, A Baroque Christmas from Friday, December 19th through Wednesday, December 24th at the Loretto Chapel. There are two performances each evening: at 6pm and 8pm. The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble, will be accompanied by mezzo-sopranos Deborah Domanski and Drea Pressley, in alternating performances. They’ll perform works by Handel, Vivaldi, and Telemann. Tickets, from $20 to $70, are available at both the Santa Fe Pro Musica and Lensic box offices or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

Performance Santa Fe will hold its annual Christmas Eve Concert on Wednesday, December 24th at 5pm. Tickets to the popular event are from $27 to $100. They will hold the annual Family Preview Concert earlier that afternoon. Tickets to the family-oriented event at 2pm are $25 per person; bring the kids and tickets go down to are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased from Performance Santa Fe, the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

Santa Fe Dance

Belisama Irish Dance, photo Kate Russell

Belisama Irish Dance, photo Kate Russell

Belisama Irish Dance and the Moving People Dance Theatre will present Irish Jigs and Winter Treats on Friday, December 12th and Saturday December 13th at 7pm. There’s a matinee on Sunday at 2:30pm. All performances will be at the James A. Little Theater. The dance showcase will feature diverse genres including Irish, modern, jazz, and ballet. Tickets. $15 for adults, $10 for children, and $12 for seniors are available online at Tickets Santa Fe.*

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform their annual The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 20th at 2pm and 7:30pm, and on Sunday, December 21st at 1pm and 5pm. All performances are at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. Join Clara and the Nutcracker Prince on their magical journey to the magical Land of Snow and Land of Sweets. The production includes 70 children and 60 professional dancers. This year’s performance will feature two members of Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre. Tickets, $25 to $72, are available from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet website as well as the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe*

The Nutcracker, photo/courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The Nutcracker, photo/courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

*Tickets to all the above concerts and dance performances are available online at Tickets Santa Fe.

96 Hours in Santa Fe

 Last week the New York Times came out with their latest edition of 36 Hours in Santa Fe. It inspired us to focus on 96 hours of Christmas in our December Santa Fe Travelers’ Newsletter. They are very different! Everyone has their favorite things to do in The City Different. What are yours?

That’s it for this week. Tidbits ¡Hasta Luego!

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