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santa Fe this Christmas

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santa Fe this Christmas

Hello

I read a lot about the beauty and all the interesting sites of the city.

Please advise if durnig Christmas the Galleries are oper? are there any art tours? what about the museums - open?

dining places - do you need to reserve from now or is it too late?

are there any special events this christmas?

and what about music - any live music anywhere in the city? or concerts?

is there a festival or parade?

what about the indian market - is it only on August or there are stores selling their art and craft during the whole year around also during holidays?

any other tip for visiting this Christmas would be great!

thank you so much - Tal

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1. Re: santa Fe this Christmas

On Christmas Eve the fun thing to do is take a walk on Canyon Road, which is what most locals and tourists alike do. The Canyon Road walk is beautiful because all the art galleries up and down this road decorate their places with many Christmas lights and Farolitos (also known as luminarias). There are people lined up and down the road singing Christmas Carols and passing out Hot Apple Cider. The walk is chilly, but when you go into a gallery, you have time to warm your toes and check out which galleries you might want to come back to the next day when it warms a little.

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Almost all of the stores and galleries are open before and after Christmas Day and selling Indian art and jewelry. Best places for Indian art/jewelry at Palace of the Governors Portal and the Museum Shops at the various state museums.

Check www.santafe.org and www.santafenewmexican.com for info on local events.

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We will be in Santa Fe for the week during Christmas. So much to do and yes, there are art gallery openings during the weekend of Dec. 22 - 23rd. So many choices, if you haven't booked, do it now because Santa Fe is magical at Christmas

http://santafe.org/Calendar/index.html#top

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4. Re: santa Fe this Christmas

How long are luminarias usually left up?

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“Luminarias,” the open, stacked bon-fires usually lit on Christmas Eve on Canyon Road, are not “left up” at all, but “farolitos,” (little lights in Spanish) those paper bags with candles in them, are typically left up all through the Holiday season. Some shops leave their electric farolitos on the buildings all year but do not necessarily light them.

Santa Fe is magical at Christmas time; very old fashioned—especially if there is snow. Typically there are many concerts, plays, theater productions, religious feasts and musical venues during the Season. Art galleries and museums are open. Here is a link to many of the SF events at Christmas time: http://christmas-sf2.nm-unlimited.net/

There is an unwritten law that the usual Holiday decoration consumer-Kitsch is not allowed. Most people adhere to that and put out farolitos along with very tasteful, simple decorations.

Please bring warm clothing, including hats, gloves and proper boots, especially if you plan to walk around town at night. Currently the nightly lows are around 10º and could get lower further into the season.

Those wanting to do the Canyon Road Christmas Eve walk should go early—as soon as it gets dark because, it can be very crowded later into the evening. Start at Paseo de Peralta and walk up Canyon Road. The at the top, in about the 800 block turn right to Acequia Madre St. and walk down toward Paseo to see the lovely private homes. Many people put out genuine farolitos.

Be sure to make reservations early for Christmas Eve dinner in a local restaurant. If you are not too tired, check out the midnight mass in the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica. Regardless of one’s religious convictions, this is a unique experience with beautiful music and lovely decorations. Lessons and Carols begin at 11 p.m.: http://www.cbsfa.org/79

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6. Re: santa Fe this Christmas

Are lights typically left up through Three Kings Day (Jan. 6) or are they taken down sooner?

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If you have a chance, drive up to Taos Pueblo for Christmas Eve (5:30 - 7 or so) for the very powerful dances, done in the dark with bonfires, pinon smoke, etc. You should get there about 3 or 4 pm. You might still catch the Canyon Road singing also when you return. It is unforgetable.

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http://www.hawk-media.com/stories02.html

Its not supposed to be filmed, but here goes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPOOaO_SzMg

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8. Re: santa Fe this Christmas

This is a great post. I'm only going to add that since farolitos and luminarias are lit, they don't really stay up like other holiday lights. Christmas Eve really is the time to see them. And they are everywhere around the state---neighborhoods, plazas, rural roads. Besides Canyon Road, I always thought the plaza was magical around Christmas as well, with some of the little courtyards along Palace quite enchanting. As mentioned, the Basilica is breathtaking. Better get restaurant reservations; I think of posole and tamales for traditional Christmas Eve here. The Santa Fe Christmas magic intensifies if there is a bit of new snow. Oh, and I gave up on the plastic and electric ones because of the wind but I've seen them nailed to blocks of wood. I used to pile rocks around them, too. Not sure what you'd do for roof; those may be more permanently affixed and explain why some are up year-round.

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