Luminarias & Caroling
Nothing says Christmas in New Mexico quite like singing "Deck the Halls" to the soft light of the luminarias. Good news: You can find this magical experience in several cities across the state. Santa will come in the morning — here's where you can spend your Christmas Eve strolling and singing:
Santa Fe: Canyon Road Farolito Walk - Learn More
Mesilla: The Historic Plaza in Old Mesilla - Learn More
Albuquerque: Old Town Plaza - Learn More
Get in the holiday spirit at many of New Mexico's ski areas with the warm glow of lights, fireworks, and luminarias on the snowy runs. Throughout the month of December, you can catch torchlight parades and more at these events:
TAOS SKI VALLEY: New Year's Eve
Pueblo Christmas Celebrations
Native communities all over New Mexico have unique celebrations to mark the traditional Christmas holidays. Each pueblo, tribe, and nation observes the holiday a bit differently, and each celebration promises to deliver a one-of-a-kind cultural experience.
Pojoaque Pueblo: Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day
Jemez Pueblo: Matachines dances
Acoma Pueblo: Luminarias procession at Sky City
Laguna Pueblo: Dances after mass
Nambe Pueblo: Mass and Buffalo dances
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo: Matachines Dances and torch procession
Picuris Pueblo: Torchlight procession of the Virgin Vespers and Matachines dances after mass
San Felipe Pueblo: Dances after midnight mass
Taos Pueblo: Sundown procession and bonfires
Tesuque Pueblo: Dances after midnight mass
Governor’s Feast at Acoma Pueblo
Attending the Governor's Feast at Acoma Pueblo offers a window in time where Native people carry on the customary traditions of their ancestors through Native American pottery making and tribal celebrations — and, of course, bountiful home-cooked food. Educational tours and cultural exhibits are designed to generate a broader and deeper understanding of the Acoma People.
The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum hosts an event that will give every member of the family the ability to feel like a true cowboy. There are stagecoach rides, chuckwagon eats, and gunslinging reenactments that'll make the Old West seem new again.