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. 



Christmas on the Pecos

Kick back on a leisurely riverboat cruise to get an eyeful of the lights at this holiday spectacle. Jump onboard for a joyous river ride past dozens of extravagant holiday light displays. 


Red Rock Balloon Rally

Frequently described as a balloonist’s paradise, this Gallup event encourages spectators to become active participants by joining balloon chase crews. 


Las Vegas Electric Light Parade

The street lights get turned low, but the warmth from thousands of holiday lights illuminates downtown Las Vegas. The procession includes holiday-themed floats that are draped in hundreds of strands of Christmas lights. 


Winter Spanish Market

This two-day event allows the public to interact personally with extraordinary artists, view their work, and observe demonstrations of 400 years of Hispanic culture.  This event takes place at the National  Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.


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

Torchlight Parades

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:

RED RIVER: Every Saturday night starting on November 24, and Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

ANGEL FIRE: Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

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.

DECEMBER 12: 
Pojoaque Pueblo: Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day
Jemez Pueblo: Matachines dances

DECEMBER 24: 
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

DECEMBER 25: 
Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo: Dances
Picuris Pueblo: Matachines dances
Santa Ana Pueblo: Buffalo dances
Santo Domingo Pueblo: Dances
Taos Pueblo: Dances
Tesuque Pueblo: Dances
Zia Pueblo: Dances

New Mexico's Brewer's Guild Winter Brew

Taste all over the Land of Enchantment without ever leaving Santa Fe's cool-kid Railyard District. Craft brewers from all over the state converge upon the capital city, many of them touting their best cold-weather favorites like porters and stouts. 


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. 


Angel Fire Shovel Races

Join us for a fun-filled weekend of high-speed shovel racing—an event Jetsetter called one of its 11 Craziest Winter Adventures! Party like a local and watch the races unfold from the comfort of the bar. 


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.


Chocolate Fantasia

Stroll galleries, shops, and greet old friends while sampling delicious gourmet chocolate confections — handmade and beautifully displayed in storefronts in and around the town’s historic district.


Mardi Gras in the Mountains

Join us for six days of Mardi Gras events, where the party starts on Thursday and keeps going through Fat Tuesday. Red River Ski & Summer Area will host costume balls, a Cajun-food cookoff, crawfish boils, and much more! 


Cowboy Days

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.