Yuletide in Taos

Yuletide in Taos is a magical time of year

Thanksgiving through New Years

“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.

Here are a few of the highlights of Yuletide 2013

Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair – November 29-31,
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 23 - December 14

Taos Community Chorus - Winter Concerts
November 30, La Santísima Trinidad, Arroyo Seco, 3pm
December 1, First Presbyterian Church, Taos, 3pm
December 7, St. James Episcopal Church, Taos, 3pm
December 8, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Taos, 3pm
Tickets $15 at the door, $12 in advance, $10 seniors & students, children 12 and under free. Tickets & Information: taoschorus.com or 575-776-3998

Festival of Trees and Wreaths – Children’s Party December 5, 3-6pm
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 6, 5:30-10:00pm
El Monte Sagrado Living Resort Conference Center, 317 Kit Carson Rd. 
The event centers around a silent auction of beautifully decorated weaths and trees. The proceeds benefit many of the Taos communities non profits. Music and dancing this year with The Damn Band, food, drinks, and a raffle. $20 entry fee, includes drink ticket, appetizers and live music. 

Lighting the Christmas Tree on Taos Plaza – December 6, 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.

Third Annual Memories in Lights  December 8, Martinez Hacienda
The lighting of the tree is at 3pm, followed by a program featuring music from the Los Pastores production and a reception.

Lighting Ledoux – December 7, 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.

Santa Paws at John Dunn Shops – Saturday, December 14, 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 14, 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: Four Birthdays & An Anniversary
Dec. 14 & 15 at 5 p.m., Harwood Museum
on Ledoux Street
Celebrating the Sagittarius birthdays of Beethoven (b. Dec. 16), Berlioz (b. Dec. 11), Joseph Jongen (b. Dec. 14) and Laupheimer (b. Dec. 14), as well as the Harwood's 90th Anniversary in a program of Beethoven's Archduke Trio, Berlioz's Trio from L’enfance du Christ, and Jongen's Flute Sonata, (written in 1923, the year the Harwood was founded.) Tickets: $20 adults/$12 children under 16.
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Las Posadas – December 15-23, 6pm nightly, outside Ranchos Church in Ranchos de Taos
Enjoy the Spanish tradition of re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging, which some say took nine nights. On the final night they, along with their followers who carry candles and sing Christmas songs, are given a room, amid rejoicing.

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

17th annual Brew Master’s Festival  December 21 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 21, 5-8pm
Santa will make an appearance; bon fires and Mexican hot cocoa.

Taos Community Chorus - Messiah Sing-Along - December 22, 2:30pm
First Presbyterian Church of Taos, 215 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM
Raise your voice with the Taos Community Chorus and conductor Tina Sandoval. 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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