Farolitos for the Holiday Season
A beautiful aspect of Christmas in Santa Fe (and elsewhere in New Mexico) are the hundreds of "farolitos", little candles in paper bags that line the streets, steps, sidewalks, and even some of the roofs in Santa Fe. On Christmas Eve, the Plaza has a thousand farolitos. Families can also join in a Canyon Road Farolito Walk on Christmas Eve.
For more about these and other events, including outdoor concerts, see www.santafe.org.
Native American Dances
Several Native American pueblos are located near Santa Fe, and visitors can see a number of traditional dances during the holiday season. Taos Pueblo, for instance, is about an hour away, and visitors might see a deer dance there. Visitors should know that, while dances usually happen on a particular date, the time is not set; families should be prepared to wait, and should behave respectfully.
December events at several pueblos include torchlight processions of the Virgin on Christmas Eve, and dances on Christmas Day. Read more at www.indianpueblo.org.