Christmas in Santa Fe is magical for all ages. Families of all sizes can enjoy viewing the lights in Santa Fe Plaza in the heart of the city. There are interesting and beautiful cultural traditions in many places in the Southwest, but the events in Santa Fe are certainly worth seeing.
Even better, a stay at our Santa Fe B&B will make your experience comfortable and convenient in accessing holiday happenings. The Inn on the Paseo is about three blocks from Old Santa Fe Plaza. This central plaza sparkles with luminarias on all of the historic adobe buildings surrounding it, and the trees are dressed in shimmering lights as well. Piñon wood burns, wafting a lovely aroma across the square while enhancing the festive mood.
Farolito Walk at Dusk on Canyon Road
Another event for residents and visitors of all ages is the Farolito Walk at dusk on Canyon Road. Musicians play holiday tunes along the way, and biscochitos and hot chocolate are not difficult to find. Farolitos, or luminarias, light the adobe walls on the walk as well as courtyards and gardens on the street. Some adobe structures are centuries old and bring warmth and tradition to the fore. About 30,000 people enjoy this walk annually.
The Palace of the Governors, from the early 1600s, hosts Christmas at the Palace every year. Holiday lights, treats and live music by kids and adults lend festivity to the walk through the gallery. Some artwork is from the Spanish Colonial era, so just being in this 500-year-old building is pretty astounding.
Providing A Cozy Stay and Memorable Experience
Staying at our Inn in Santa Fe is a cozy way to enjoy this sojourn. Going out may even become option number two on the list after a restful night on a king-sized bed. Warm, southwestern colors and cushy seats make it tough to leave the room, at times, but hunger usually wins out. Great cuisine from Spanish, Native American and Mexican cultures make it worthwhile to venture out and find more holiday fun.
Las Posadas could be one of those holiday events shared with hundreds of other people. This is the reenactment of Mary and Joseph looking for lodging while traveling to Bethlehem. The journey ends in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors where the crowd can have cider and hot chocolate. The procession around the plaza takes about 15 minutes while “demons” tell Joseph and Mary to leave various “inns” when they ask for lodging. The crowd boos at the demons and it ends in success.
Midnight Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is something to behold if you get there early enough to find a seat; it fills up by 10:30 PM. Stained glass windows and many other well preserved architectural aspects of this church, finished in 1886, seem to be part of a museum tour, but it is a well loved cathedral. One small chapel from the original church, from 1717, survived and is on the North side of the structure. This chapel holds 300 years of history in Santa Fe.
Many Holiday Events in December
Many other holiday events occur in December, and you can experience them now. Our Bed and Breakfast in Santa Fe is a good home base while you’re here. Each room or suite is made for comfort, and fruit and picnic baskets are available upon request. Bring warm clothing; the ski resort is only 16 miles away. Make reservations now and see Santa Fe this December.
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