Winter is a great time to visit New Mexico

From live music to Native art to food and beer, these special events highlight the very best of New Mexico’s unique cultural heritage. 



Ski Torchlight Parades

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Christmas on the Pecos

Celebrate the holidays with an enchanting boat ride through dazzling light displays along the Pecos River! Bundle up and enjoy this 40-minute experience as you travel past captivating islands, boat docks, and backyards illuminated by fantastic themes like Santa’s Workshop, Southwest deserts, and more.


Red Rock Balloon Rally

Get your camera ready and prepare the be amazed by the sight of more than 200 rainbow-colored hot air balloons taking flight, backdropped by New Mexico’s signature blue skies and the massive sandstone bluffs and deep canyons of Red Rock Park. What started as a small flying challenge has grown into the second-largest balloon rally in North America.


Electric Light Parade

Every December in Las Vegas, the streetlights are turned low as the holiday cheer shines bright. Head to downtown Las Vegas and watch the town come to life as dozens of dazzling, festive parade floats light up the city streets. The parade ends at the Historic Plaza Park, which is beautifully decorated with lights and Christmas trees.


Pueblo Christmas Celebrations

We recommend calling at least two days in advance to confirm with each Pueblo that the dances listed below will take place. Please take note and respect each Pueblo’s individual rules for non-tribal visitors.


Taos Winter Wine Festival

Come join the 32nd-annual celebration of food and wine that spreads from Taos Ski Valley to the Town of Taos and everywhere in between. Grab tickets for wine dinners, grand tastings, and educational seminars that'll expand your palate.