yuletide in taos

Taos’ Magical Time of Year

When: Thanksgiving through New Years
Where: Historical District of Taos and Surrounding Areas

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.

Taos Community Chorus – Winter Concerts
Taos Community Chorus will perform the “Solemn Mass in G” (more commonly known as the “St. Cecilia Mass”) of Charles Gounod. This choice is rather symbolic because St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, so it is appropriate as a celebratory piece for the chorus.

Twirl Play and Discovery Space

Twirl Aglow Party
Twirl Play and Discovery Space will be hosting their annual Twirl Aglow Party. In this seasonal Taos tradition, the Twirl courtyard will come alive with holiday sparkle and magical surprises. Children and parents will be able to make seasonal crafts, enjoy heartwarming drinks and cookies, have their face painted by happy elves, enjoy live music and share their wishes with Santa on the big chair. The Twirl Aglow party is a wonderful opportunity for community to come together and share in the true spirit of the holidays. Expect to be enchanted!

35th Annual Yuletide Arts and Crafts Fair
Friday and Saturday 10:00AM – 6:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Sagebrush Inn located at 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur.
Shop for locally handmade gifts. Hand-crafted items will include woodwork, toys, candles, jewelry, soaps, stained glass, photography, handmade knives, leather work, antler art, quilts, silk scarves and other fabric items. Photos with Santa from 1:00PM to 3:00PM each day! A Silent Auction of donations from artists and local businesses. Southwest food, beer and wine cash bar Friday and Saturday from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. On Saturday, the Fair will host Stray Hearts Adoption morning 10:00AM to 1:00PM.

Open daily 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Stables Gallery
Taos’ famous POP-UP store! Find affordable and beautiful handmade gifts by Taos artisans.

31st Annual Yuletide Caroling and Tree Lighting
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Taos Plaza
The 2017 Taos Holiday Season officially kicks off with the annual lighting of the Town Christmas tree during the 31st Annual Yuletide Caroling and Tree Lighting at the Historic Taos Plaza.

Lighting of Ledoux
5:00PM – 7:00PM
Ledoux Street
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.

National Theatre Live’s Production
Taos Center for the Arts

Festival of Trees Gala and Silent Auction
Friday, December 2, 6:00PM – 10:00PM
El Monte Sagrado Resort
A Taos Tradition Holiday Party with music and dancing. The Rifters will provide entertainment. Special appetizers and drinks. $20 includes one drink ticket. A “Get Outta Town” Raffle with three prizes through out the evening. Sixty decorated trees and wreaths for silent auction. Proceeds support Taos nonprofit organizations serving youth and kids. Special Preview Party from 5:00PM to 6:00PM for $45 includes Wine from Dave Matthew’s (yes, the Dave Matthews Band founder) winery, free parking at El Monte Sagrado, and super special hors d’ouvers, and the Gala Silent Auction to follow.

19th Annual Holiday Fiesta
Saturday, December 3, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Millicent Rogers Museum
Free community event. Activities for children. Face Painting, Flower Fairies, Wish Tree, Free Pictures with Santa Claus, Retablo Painting, Christmas Card Making, Ojo de Dios Ornament Making, Hannukah Room

Holiday Luncheon with featured speaker Larry Torres
Sunday, December 4, 12:00PM
Rio Grande Room at El Monte Sagrado
Taos County Historical Society will present its annual Christmas Luncheon with featured speaker, Larry Torres. Mr. Torres is Associate Professor of Foreign Language and Culture for UNM-Taos and will talk on “Christmas Customs in Northern New Mexico.”

Santa Paws
Saturday, December 10, 10:00AM – 7:00PM
John Dunn and Bent Street Shops
Santa Paws is a benefit for Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. Santa will find out what your pet wants for Christmas, and pose for a photo with your pet from noon to 4:00PM. Pets available for adoption will also be present. And there will be hot beverages and snacks. New Mexican food buffet. Smorgasbord of s’mores. Farolitos, music, deals, drawings, bonfires.

Lighting of Ledoux

Bonfires on Bent Street

Bonfires on Bent Street
Saturday, December 10, 4:00PM – 7:00PM
John Dunn Shops and Bent Street
Bonfires to warm you, farolitos, luminaries, Aztec Dancers, carolers, and in addition to snacks in the shops serving posole, green chile, enchiladas and cookies for everyone outdoors at John Dunn Shops and on Bent Street.

Met Live in HD “L’Amour de Loin” by Saariaho
Saturday, December 10, 11:00AM
Taos Center for the Arts

Poetry Workshop, “Writing Poems on Love and Sex” Cathy Strisik
Saturday, December 10, 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Twirl Holiday Crafts and Activities
December 3, 10, and 17, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Twirl will host Holiday crafting and gift-making activities on the first three Saturdays in December in our upstairs playroom. Come explore your creativity and make your holiday more merry and bright with the magic of giving!

Saturday, December 10, 6PM
Old Martinez Hall
Live Auction and Benefit Concert featuring Michael Hearne and South by Southwest PLUS The Rifters! Come enjoy an evening of great music, dance, and a live auction to benefit the homeless women of Taos.

Feast Day of Guadalupe
December 12
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Taos On Stage “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” by Ken Ludwig
December 13 and 14
Taos Mesa Brewing

Learning the Collections: Gallery Talk
December 14, 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Taos Art Museum at Fechin House

Las Posadas
December 16 – 24
San Francisco de Asis Church, Ranchos de Taos Plaza

25th Annual Robert Mirabal Holiday Performance
Friday, December 16, 2016
Taos Community Auditorium
Robert Mirabal presents his music and stories in “Mythos, a Musical Journey Through Time”

Home for the Holidays with Robert Mirabal, Max Gomez, Michael Hearne, and Chris Arellano
Friday, December 16, 6:00PM
Taos Community Auditorium
This is a FREE family event. Free tickets will be available for pick up starting on Friday, December 2, at 9:00am. Pick up tickets at the Taos Visitor Center on 1139 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Limit four tickets per family.

Taos Chamber Music Group: Schubert for the Season
Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, 5:30PM
Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art
Now a Taos favorite, virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov will return for an all-Schubert program. Music that sets the tone for the holiday season includes Schubert’s commanding Wanderer Fantasy for solo piano, the Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen from Die schöne Müllerin for flute and piano, and the monumental Piano Trio No.1 in Bb Major.

Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo
December 24 at 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.
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Fireworks at Taos Ski Valley

New Years Fireworks at Taos Ski Valley

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parades
December 24, 6:00PM
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 Matachinas Dance
December 25, 2:00PM, 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.

Town of Taos New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31, 7:30PM – 10:00PM
Historic Taos Plaza
Live music with the Damn Band. Pig roast hosted by Mayor Barrone. Time Square countdown on the big screen. Fireworks. Balloon Release. Join us for a family-friendly celebration!

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
December 31, starts at 6:00PM
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.

Main image of Lights on Taos Plaza by Terry Thompson Photography.


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Palacio de Marquesa

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Pueblo Dances and Events

Throughout the year
Take away a unique experience by attending the Pueblos during their dances and events that are open to the public.

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