Tidbits: Santa Fe events and holiday happenings

Santa Fe Travelers is a year old this week. This is our anniversary edition of Tidbits, our way of sharing what’s happening in The City Different with you. There are a bunch of holiday events coming up. Christmas in Santa Fe is a special time and there’s always a lot to see and do. In many ways the festive holiday season is the best time of all to visit. The city, all decked out in lights, is a beautiful sight; one that you’ll always remember. We’ll be putting up holiday posts over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Christmas: the Palace of the Governors

Bonfire during Christmas at the Palace, courtesy/Museum of New Mexico

The 27th annual Christmas at the Palace will be held on Friday, December 9th at the New Mexico History Museum’s Palace of the Governors from 5:30 to 8pm. Santa will be in attendance to greet visitors at the free event. Print your own Christmas cards on a historic, hand-operated letterpress, courtesy of The Palace Press. There will also be bonfires, music and hot cider in the Courtyard at this free event. And while there, visit the museum’s current exhibits.

Las Posadas an annual event in Santa Fe

Joseph and Mary search for lodging during the annual Las Posadas, photo.Museum of New Mexico

Las Posadas, an annual candle-lit procession, takes place Sunday, December 11th from 5:30 to 7pm. The parade reenacts Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings in Bethlehem. Traditionally, Las Posadas celebrations, common in Northern New Mexico, stretched out over nine nights. Held from December 16th to the 24th, different families would host small parties for participants in their homes. The contemporary Santa Fe version is held on one evening.  Joseph and Mary wend their way around the historic Plaza searching for a place to stay. Devils pop up at each of the “inns” the couple stops at to dissuade them from staying. The procession ends in the courtyard at The Palace of the Governors, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest government building in the United States still in public use. You can watch from the street or join the procession group. Bring a candle. Stay for carols and refreshments in the Palace Courtyard.

If you want to visit the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion, home of current Governor Susana Martinez, here’s your chance. The Mansion will welcome visitors (at no charge) on Tuesday December 13th from 1 to 3pm. Enjoy punch and cookies while listening to Christmas Carols. They are serving bizcochitos, the official New Mexico State Cookie. The Mansion is located at 1 Mansion Drive, off Bishops Lodge Road.

Gustav Baumann's Santa, photo Blair Clark, Museum of Nerw Mexico

Gustav Baumann's Santa, photo/Blair Clark, courtesy, Museum of Nerw Mexico

Another beloved annual event takes place on Sunday, December 18th at the New Mexico Museum of art from 1 to 4pm. The Gustav Baumann Marionettes will present their annual performance at the New Mexico Museum of Art’sfree Annual Holiday Open House. Come early for a good seat. Kids, sitting very close to the stage, can get an intimate and exciting view of the magical Juan and Rosina, Miguelito, the burro and Warts, “the rascally duende with a heart of gold”. Besides two short plays, there will be a children’s treasure hunt. Children can find Freckles (Warts’ twin brother) hiding in the museum’s galleries. Baumann’s original Santa Claus marionette is available for photos. But, in a reverse of tradition, he sits on the children’s lap while they tell him their Christmas wishes. The event offers a puppet-making workshop. Children and their families can create their own puppets to take home. There will be music and refreshments. Visitors can view the current exhibit, The Prints of Gustave Baumann closing March 18, 2019.

The holiday season brings a lot of music to Santa Fe. Many of these concerts are traditions. In addition to these, there are other musical events to enjoy.

Mina Valle Fajardo and Chuscales

Chuscales and his wife flamenco dancer, Mina Valle Fajardo, photo/Catherine SobredoI

On Wednesday, December 21st, the Santa Fe Performance Exchange presents renowned flamenco guitarist, Chuscales at San Miguel Mission, the oldest church in the United States. He will be joined by flamenco dancers Mina Valle Fajardo (his wife) and Janira Cordova, Flamenco vocalist Vicente Griego (“El Cartucho”), flamenco guitarist Nicholas Cordova and Chuscale’s son, percussionist Alejandro Valle Fajardo playing the cajon (a box drum). The performance is at 7l30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 at Brown Paper Tickets or are $30 at the door. The Mission is located at 401 Old Santa Fe Trail.

Traditional Zuni dancers at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Celicillon Traditional Zuni Dancers, photo by Nick Pecastaing, courtesy of Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Pueblo Dances take place during the holiday season. These offer a great chance to experience the culture of some of New Mexico’s earliest people. If you’re planning to be in Santa Fe over the holidays, put them on your itinerary.

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