Yuletide in Taos

Yuletide in Taos is a magical time of year

Thanksgiving through New Years        See PDF of Restaurants Open on Christmas Day.

“Yuletide in Taos” is the name we give to all the unique New Mexican celebrations that happen throughout the holiday season. With the falling of snow on candle-lit farolitos that line the streets in front of old adobe shops and homes, one is transported to another time and place. Yuletide is the entire holiday season and includes all the unique traditions of the holiday season here in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair – November 28-30, UNM, Taos
121 Civic Plaza Drive (formerly the Taos Convention Center)
Unique hand-made arts and crafts, made by local artists. From hand-carved santos to traditional tin-work, great holiday gifts abound. Food & drinks, door prizes, gift wrapping.

Tax-free shopping at many downtown stores, November 29 - December 13

Festival of Trees and Wreaths – Children’s Party December 4, 4-6pm
Holiday crafts, cocoa and cookies at free children’ party with visit from Santa Claus.
El Monte Sagrado Living Resort Conference Center, 317 Kit Carson Rd.

Festival of Trees and Wreaths – Community Party Friday, December 5, 6-10pm
El Monte Sagrado Living Resort Conference Center, 317 Kit Carson Rd. 
The event centers around a silent auction of beautifully decorated wreaths and trees. The proceeds benefit many of the Taos communities non profits. Music and dancing, food, drinks, and a raffle. 
$20 entry fee, includes drink ticket, appetizers and live music. 

Lighting the Christmas Tree on Taos Plaza – December 5, 4-6pm
Taos Plaza transforms into a winter wonderland with local entertainment, appearances from Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the Grinch, complementary hot chocolate and cookies, and carolers. Plaza businesses will be open to foot traffic only.

Taos Community Chorus - Winter Concerts
Performances will be December 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th at 3pm at differenct locations.
Tickets $15 at the door, $12 in advance, $10 seniors & students, children 12 and under free. Tickets & Information: taoschorus.com or 575-776-3998

Lighting Ledoux – December 6, 5-7pm, Ledoux Street (Historic District)
The historic narrow Ledoux Street glows with the light from farolitos, luminarias and bonfires. Galleries, shops, and museums are open, offering holiday food and drink. People gather around the fires and share their stories in the cool starlit night.

Fourth Annual Memories in Lights  December 7, Martinez Hacienda
The lighting of the tree is at 3pm, followed by a program featuring music from the Los Pastores production and a reception.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
December 10 -14, 7pm nightly
Taos Community Auditorium, 133 Civic Plaza Drive
Working Class Theatre and Taos Youth Ballet present: 
A new adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol directed by Ronald Usherwood with music direction by
Rita O’Connell and choreography by Amber Vasquez.
Tickets on sale November 10, call the
TCA 575-758-2052
Adult: $17, Youth 18 and under $10, Children 5 and under $5  

Santa Paws at John Dunn Shops
– Saturday, December 13, 12-3 pm 
Santa will find out what your pet wants for Christmas, and pose for a photo with your pet. Pets available for adoption will also be present. And there will be hot beverages and snacks. This is a benefit for St. James Pet Food Pantry.

Bonfires on Bent Street – Saturday,
December 13, 10am-7pm John Dunn Shops, Bent St. 
Bonfires to warm you, snacks in the shops, music and events all day. Reception 4-7pm with farolitos and luminaries, food, music, Santa and more."

Taos Chamber Music Group Presents: A Russian Holiday
Dec. 13 & 14 at 5 p.m., Harwood Museum
on Ledoux Street
TCMG takes you on a holiday tour from the mountains of Azerbaijan to the splendor of St. Petersburg, featuring the extraordinary Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov in solo piano works by Rachmaninoff as well as Tchaikovsky’s monumental Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50, and the folk-inspired Six Pieces for flute and piano by Fikret Amirov.  visit site

Las Posadas – San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos
Beginning December 16-23, 2014, 5:30PM Mass, Las Posadas Enactment with Luminarias, followed by a small supper in the Parish Hall
December 20, 2014, 5PM Mass & Las Posadas with Luminarias at the Las Cordovas Capilla
December 24, 2014, Christmas Eve 11:45 Las Posadas with Luminarias and Midnight Mass

Tin Retablo Ornaments of a large variety of Saints made by James and Mary Jo Madrid are available for $10. This will be blessed and placed on one of the Christmas Trees inside the Church, after Christmas you may retrieve your Ornament. All Ornaments will have the name and phone number placed onto the back for easy identification. You may call 575-758-2754 ask to be connected to the Church Gift Shop if you can not be in Taos yet would like to have an ornament in your honor placed on the tree.

Demo Days at Taos Ski Valley – December 20 & 21, 10:00am - 3:00 pm
Ride the newest skis and snowboards on the market at no cost. Must be 18 years old to demo.

19th annual Brew Master’s Festival  December 19 from 4:30 -7pm
Come enjoy an afternoon of great food and beer. The event will be held in Tenderfoot Katie's and the Martini Tree at Taos Ski Valley. Admission is $25, includes souvenir sampling glass, food and fun! Tickets may be bought at the door the day of the event. The Brew Master's Festival is a 21 and over event, no infants or children.

La Noche on Taos Plaza – December 20, 5 - 8pm
Santa will make an appearance; bon fires and Mexican hot cocoa.

Taos Community Chorus - Messiah Sing-Along - December 21, 3pm
St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino De Santiago
Raise your voice with the Taos Community Chorus. Bring your score or borrow one at the door. Suggested donation $10, information: taoschorus.com or 575-776-3998

Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo
– December 24, sunset
Nowhere else on Earth can you experience this magical event. A stunning contrast between massive bonfires and the Procession of the Virgin with rifle salutes from the rooftops of the 1000 year old adobe pueblo buildings. A pageant of beauty, heritage, and awe inspiring imagery.

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parades  December 24, 6pm
A great way to kick-off your Christmas Eve celebrations!
Watch as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares as their only means of light. All the area ski resorts – Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, Sipapu, Enchanted Forest, and Red River – have torchlight parades and fireworks during the holiday season.

Taos Pueblo Deer or Matachines Dance – December 25, 2pm, Taos Pueblo plaza
Witness this ancient Native American ceremonial dance honoring the depths of winter, as danced and drummed by the people of Taos Pueblo. No cameras, cell phones, or video cameras allowed. 

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks – December 31, starts at 6pm
Watch the trails of light as skiers with torches in hand glide down the famous Taos Ski Valley mountain under the starry skies. Firework displays light the winter sky in celebration of the new year. All the area ski resorts – Angel Fire, Sipapu, Enchanted Forest, and Red River – have torchlight parades and fireworks during the holiday season.


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