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What to do in Santa Fe during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s

What to do in Santa Fe - Christmas in Santa Fe
Enchanted New Mexico Holiday- Santa Fe style.

Planning Santa Fe Holiday Travel? Wondering what to do in Santa Fe during the holidays? You’ve come to the right place! Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s travel based in Santa Fe New Mexico creates a one of a kind historic southwestern holiday experience that singles to families will remember for a lifetime! But, the time to plan is now.  Santa Fe is a popular southwest destination and rightly so-check out the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Holiday  events  to put on your travel calendar. Book your stay at Pueblo Bonito b&b – Santa Fe’s most popular historic adobe pueblo b&b as 18 enchanting historic adobe pueblo style guest rooms, warm hospitality and convenient downtown location easily reignite the romance of the holidays. Get in on the “know” of Pueblo Holiday Dances, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Holiday events in and around Santa Fe! Call today 1-800-461-4599- BOOK DIRECT and let us assist you! (8:00 am- 6:00 pm) or email to

What to do in Santa Fe during the holidays:

Santa Fe decorated with Christmas lights
Santa Fe Christmas Lights

Santa Fe New Mexico Thanksgiving – Nov 21-24 2018 – Special Holiday Festivities

Online discounts when you BOOK DIRECT with Pueblo Bonito b&b inn to create that one of a kind enchanting historic Santa Fe Thanksgiving setting! Encase yourself in a private guest room surrounded by two foot thick adobe walls and an in room wood burning kiva fireplace. Our 157 yr old historic pueblo b&b is just the place to make the city come alive for your holiday travels.

Christmas Tree Lighting on the Plaza- Nov 23- Walk to the plaza from the inn and be apart of this annual event lighting of the plaza. A great free event for the whole family! Enjoy hot chocolate and caroling as the historic downtown plaza is lit up in Christmas splendor with lights and holiday décor.

Ski Santa Fe– 16 miles from our doorstep, straight up into the Sangre de Cristos- enjoy the most economical ski basin in the US –Ski Santa Fe! Downhill and snowboarding. Opens Nov 22-pending weather!

Bandelier National Monument; Tent Rocks National Monument; Pecos National Monument- Open for Thanksgiving day exploration and hiking! Between 20 and 40 minutes from PBB’s doorstep!

What to do in Santa Fe: Ski Santa Fe 2011- Pueblo Bonito b&b
No lines, Great Value. Fun for all!

Black Friday-Nov 23-26. World renown for its shops- Santa Fe is on sale black Friday! You don’t want to miss out as unique, distinctive, beautiful items for holiday gift giving will be abundant. A little shopping here, a little libation there, a little more shopping, a little green chile, and so on! Black Friday has never been more fun, exciting and satisfying as it can be walking the streets of Old Historic Santa Fe- no more than 7 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn!

What to do in Santa Fe: Chile Ristras
Farolitos, Chile Ristras welcome Santa Fe Travelers @ Pueblo Bonito Inn

Santa Fe Christmas Holiday Festivities start December 7 through Dec 25, 2018.

Christmas at the Palace at Palace of the Governors- December 7, 2018.  Christmas festivities don’t just mean tradition, but also community. Welcome an evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, pinatas, craft-making activities, and a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus–all in the historic enchantment of the Palace of the Governors- walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn. A free family event. (See our Holiday Museum Exhibit blog coming soon!).

Las Posadas at New Mexico History Museum- December 9, 2018.  Reenactment of  the Christ family, Mary and Joseph searching for lodging as it’s time to give birth to baby Jesus. The procession begins at the St Francis Cathedral and  ends at the Palace of the Governors courtyard with carols and refreshments. Walk from Pueblo Bonito b&b down the historic Old Santa Fe Trail to begin the procession or watch on the plaza-either way- a 7 minute walk! (No hassle parking as we offer free and guaranteed our paying guests in our on site lot!).

Santa Fe Winter Indian Market- December 15 – 16, 2018.  200+ artists from across US and Canada converge on La Fonda Hotel creating a busyness of exhibits of unique artworks and crafts. Festival of Trees fundraiser & silent auction throughout the weekend with a special opening celebration are included. Enjoy this event, but stay away from the bustling crowds- enjoy peace and quiet of our secluded historic adobe pueblo accommodations.  Each room with real wood burning kiva fireplace creates a traditional historic Native American lodging experience.

Lining the pathways of Santa Fe- luminaria tradition.
Luminarias light the path for the Christ family.

Canyon Road Farolito Walk – The highlight of Christmas Eve. Beginning at dusk Christmas Eve this highly anticipated and beloved Christmas Eve tradition lights up hearts and brings out the best in our souls. Downtown city streets close and create a safe place for people to stroll this famous road. Canyon Road merchants decorate street and walkways with farolitos (small, sand-filled bags with votive candles) and luminarias (bonfires) while joyous sounds of carols and friends and families greet each other. An unspoken, yet graceful peace fills the city and seemingly all the cares of life seem to melt away, if not just for an enchanted moment- peace and goodwill abounds among mankind on the streets of Santa Fe.

Midnight Mass at St. Francis Cathedral on Christmas Eve. A stunning historic cathedral featuring New Mexican Spanish Colonial art influences such as retablos (religious paintings done on wood) and more create an indescribable holy atmosphere for worship Christmas Eve. Doors open at 10:30pm (arrive early). While waiting enjoy Lessons and Carols beginning at 11pm in Conquistadora Chapel to the left at the front of the cathedral.

Native American festivities

Christmas Pueblo Dances: December 24- 28th  (need to confirm if each pueblo is open to public).

24th: Christmas Eve Pueblo Celebrations near Santa Fe, NM.

  • Ohkay Owingeh – Spanish Dance drama Los Matachines and Pine Torch Procession.
  • Taos Pueblo – Sundown Procession with bonfires. (575) 758-1028
  • Old Acoma Pueblo – Luminaria lit (888) 759-2489
  • Laguna Pueblo – After 10 pm Mass & various dances. (505) 552-6654
  • San Felipe Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass. (505) 867-3381
  • Santa Ana Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass. (505) 867-3301
  • Tesuque Pueblo – Dances after Midnight Mass. (505) 983-2667
  • Nambe Pueblo – Buffalo Dances after Mass. (505) 455-2036
  • Picuris Pueblo – Sundown Torchlight Mass Procession then Matachines Dances. (575) 587-2419

25th: Christmas Day Pueblo Dances near Santa Fe, NM

  • Tesuque Pueblo – various dances
  • Taos Pueblo – Dances to be announced (Deer or Los Matachines).
  • San Ildefonso Pueblo – Christmas Celebration, Matachines Dances
  • Picuris Pueblo – Christmas Celebration, Matachines Dances.
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo – Special Dances TBA.
  • Ohkay Owingeh – various dances.
  • Zia Pueblo – various dances.
  • Cochiti Pueblo – Various Dances (usually during Xmas Day and the 3 days after.)

25th – 27th:

  • Laguna Village – 10am Mass followed by Harvest Dance.

26th– 28th: Pueblo Christmas dances near Santa Fe, NM.

  • Ohkay Owingeh – Turtle dance
  • Santo Domingo – Corn Dance.
  • Acoma Pueblo – Christmas Dances in the San Esteban Mission Church.
  • Picuris Pueblo – Children’s dances.


Santa Fe Plaza decorated for the holidays
Holidays on Santa Fe plaza- lighted enchantment!

New Year Santa Fe- December 31.  Zia dropping and Fireworks on the plaza! In the spirit of ushering the New Year, Santa Feans and visitors alike ajourn to the central gathering place (the plaza) and at countdown to midnight as the state symbol (the zia) drops (similar to time square)! The mayor and other dignitary are in attendance to address the crowd with well wishes for the new year- a small celebration ushers out the past and in the future as the sky is lit by a fireworks display! Free family event.

New Year’s Day is an exceptional time to hike nearby national monuments or tour nearby towns/villages. View our blog pages for more suggestions:

Jemez Daytrip Blog                Santa Fe Trail Daytrip Blog              Bandelier National Monument

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