We've been to plenty of towns that seemingly shut down during the winter. But we're not most towns. Sure, we can Netflix in pajama pants with the best of 'em, and we aren't saying that we don't sometimes long for snow days applied to our adult jobs, but us Santa Feans take great strides to engage with any number of seasonally appropriate activities. We're talkin' Farolito Walk and maker's markets, historical gatherings and Christmas events; New Year's Eve parties and eating too much for a good cause. We're used to it. We love it. We'll see you out there.
Christmas at the Palace
Take the kids and the abuelos to the Palace of the Governors from 5:30 to 8:30 pm for this free event that includes music, craft-making, cider and the works from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, all in the historic building on the Plaza.
Shoes for the Santo Niño
Dec. 8 and 9
String of Lights Holiday Market
Santa Fe Botanical Garden GLOW
Get outside under the stars for this hands-down favorite non-traditional winter evening outing for all generations. Spectacular lights illuminate dormant plants and art—even better if there’s snow on the ground to reflect from. Fires keep the walkways of the botanical garden cozy. Check the online schedule for musical acts and special events. Closed on Dec. 24 and 25. Entrance is from 5 to 8 pm nightly; kids under 12 are free.
Dec. 16 and 17
Winter Indian Market
Dec. 16 and 17
New Year’s Eve on the Plaza
Entertainment starts at 9 pm on the Plaza, and the city promises to supply piñon bonfires and stationary propane heaters so attendees can enjoy Sol Fire, Alex Maryol and the Fun Addixx, then a countdown from the mayor. The Kiwanis Club supplies the hot chocolate and biscochitos and plans to erect a banner upon which people can write hopes for the new year.