Starting Thanksgiving through New Year’s, Taos hosts a plethora of holiday events to help celebrate this special time of year. “Yuletide in Taos”, is the name given for the events that happen during the holiday season in Taos. As one of the most magical times of the year, the town lights up and puts on a show for the holiday season. So, if you are planning to spend the holidays in Taos, be sure to add these events to your travel itinerary!
Annual Yuletide Arts and Crafts Fair
Start your holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving with the Yuletide Arts and Crafts Fair! The event features the finest local craftsman and artists showcasing their latest work. Visitors can view a variety of sculptures, paintings, and jewelry plus sample local food.
When: November 23rd – 25th, 2018
Where: The Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Annual Yuletide Caroling and Tree Lighting
The holidays in Taos officially kick off with the annual lighting of the Town Christmas tree during the 31st Annual Yuletide Caroling and Tree Lighting event. Iconic holiday guests will include Mr. & Mrs. Claus along with The Mean One, Mr. Grinch. To keep you warm, complimentary hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies will be served.
When: November 30th, 2018
Where: Taos Plaza
Lighting of Ledoux
Get your camera ready for the lighting of the historic narrow Ledoux Street. Lights from luminarias and bonfires light the street in this holiday tradition. Local galleries, shops, and museums stay open late, serving festive food and drinks.
When: December 1st, 2018
Where: Ledoux Street
Bonfires on Bent Street
Head out to Bent Street for a festive evening of bonfires, luminaries, Aztec dancers, and carolers. Feed your soul with different shops serving posole, green chile, enchiladas, and cookies.
When: December 8th, 2018
Where: John Dunn Shops and Bent Street
Christmas Eve Events
At sunset on Christmas Eve enjoy the Christmas Eve procession at Taos Pueblo. A true representation of Taos culture with the procession of the Virgin Mary, rifle salutes from ancient adobe rooftops, and a rich celebration of heritage are all enjoyed at this annual event.
Or head up to the slopes the day before Christmas for the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade. Watch as skiers make their way down the slopes with nothing but a torchlight guiding their way. All area ski resorts participate, lighting up the Taos ski valley. The event starts at 6:00 PM on Christmas Eve. This tradition is also enjoyed on December 31st to help ring in the new year.
Taos Pueblo Deer or Matachinas Dance
Yuletide in Taos continues with a special event Christmas Day at the Taos Pueblo. Watch as Taos Pueblo members perform the ancient Native American ceremonial dance, which honors the winter season. As this is a ceremonial dance please exercise appropriate behavior when attending. For more info visit, taospueblo.com.
New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Taos Plaza
The holidays in Taos are not complete until you attend the Taos New Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy an entire evening of activities and fun to help ring in the new year. Activities include the Mayor’s pig roast, live music, a balloon release, and a firework display. This is a non-alcoholic, family-friendly event.
When: December 31st, 2018 – starting at 7:30 PM
Where: Taos Plaza
Hotel in Taos, NM
Spending the holidays in Taos can be a special way to celebrate this time of year. When choosing a hotel in Taos, NM, look no further than Hotel La Fonda de Taos. Our hotel is located in the heart of Taos Plaza offering the best location to take part in all the holiday festivities. Our rooms and suites offer historic charm with luxurious amenities, you won’t find anywhere else in Taos. So, book your room today and celebrate the holidays with a stay at the Hotel La Fonda de Taos!