Holidays in Taos
The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us and we can’t think of anywhere better to start the holiday season than in New Mexico! Celebrate Yuletide in Taos with these holiday events and activities!
CAV Annual Yuletide Arts and Crafts Fair
November 24 – 26
Support Taos’ non-profit, Community Against Violence (CAV), by shopping the CAV Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair the weekend after Thanksgiving! The fair is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sagebrush Inn Convention Center and you’ll find paintings, pottery, and so much more.
31st Annual Yuletide Caroling and Tree Lighting
On Friday, Dec. 1, head to the Taos Plaza for caroling and the tree lighting ceremony from 4 – 6 p.m.
Lighting of Ledoux
Visit the galleries on Ledoux Street on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5 – 7 p.m., and warm yourself by the bonfires on the street or sample some holiday treats and beverages at the galleries.
20th Annual Holiday Fiesta
This free, family-friendly event at the Millicent Rogers Museum is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you can meet with Santa, make holiday crafts and ornaments, or try your hand at retablo painting!
Bonfires on Bent Street
Light up the night on Bent Street with the bonfires as you watch the Aztec dancers, sing along with the carolers, and snack on posole, green chile, and cookies from 4 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parades
Celebrate Christmas Eve and see the brave skiers rely on flares to show them the way down the mountain around 6 p.m. Most of the ski resorts have a torchlight parade and also have scheduled fireworks displays over the holiday season.
Taos Pueblo Feast Days
December 24 – 25
Visit the Taos Pueblo and watch the ceremonial dances in honor of specific Feast Days in the community. These days may honor the Catholic or Pueblo traditions and religious ceremonies and involve eating and visiting with family. If you are fortunate to visit the Pueblo on a Feast Day, please be courteous and respectful to the community and do not take photos of the dance nor applaud when it’s over. Upcoming Feast Days include: the Procession of the Virgin Mary on December 24 and the Deer or Matachinas Dance on December 25.
- Warm up in the hot springs: Take a dip in the hot springs or book spa services at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, just about an hour away from our hotel!
- Snow sports: Plan a day away from the Plaza and out on the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or snowshoeing at the surrounding Taos ski resorts!
- Wine or beer tasting: Stay warm inside and out and get in the holiday spirit by sipping some spirits at one of Taos’ wineries or breweries!
- See a Taos landmark: Visit the San Francisco de Asis Church that’s been a part of Taos’ landscape since the 1800s.
- View works of art: See local works of art at the many art galleries that call Taos home. Who knows, you might even end up buying yourself your own gift for the holidays.
- Shopping: Shop the popular pop-up, Taos Folk, starting Black Friday for the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The pop-up is in the Stables Gallery and features hand-made creations, stunning art, jewelry and accessories, and unique collections.
- Dining: There’s no shortage of restaurants for decadent meals and amazing Mexican cuisine but over the holiday season you simply cannot pass up on eating “Christmas” in Taos by mixing red and green chile!
Dreaming of a holiday getaway to Taos? Don’t wait for Santa to send you on your way and find the perfect taos at Hotel La Fonda de Taos now for a quick escape to New Mexico for the holidays.