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Join us at Kit Carson Park for an evening great music in the heart of Downtown Taos.

Presented by the Town of Taos and AMP Concerts.

Join us at Kit Carson Park for an evening great music in the heart of Downtown Taos.

Presented by the Town of Taos and AMP Concerts.

Join us at Kit Carson Park for an evening great music in the heart of Downtown Taos.

Presented by the Town of Taos and AMP Concerts.

Join us at Kit Carson Park for an evening great music in the heart of Downtown Taos.

Presented by the Town of Taos and AMP Concerts.

The Spring Our Graphic

The Paseo Project returns this spring with their new annual event, The Spring Out. The community is invited to the Taos Historic District for two nights, May 6 and 7, sunset to 10pm, for projections and performances. Centered around Taos Plaza, this free community event celebrates Mother’s Day weekend with the theme of flowers.

In collaboration with local museums and arts organizations, take a stroll around the historic district and see a collective bouquet of art adorning building facades and exteriors, as The Paseo Project shares new perspectives, new stories, poetry and performances.

This year, four of Taos’ local museums will be presenting works from their special collections, projected upon the walls of our iconic adobe architecture. Scheduled to participate include: The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, Couse-Sharp Historic Site, and the Millicent Rogers Museum.

The UNM Taos Art and Digital Media Department will be participating, featuring student artwork and videos. And fresh for this year, The Spring Out will feature performances from Taos’ youth. Paseo Project’s Education Manager, Amber Vasquez, has curated a series of events with SOMOS and DanceWorx, titled The Youth Voice Project. Youth artists ages 12-18 will present dance and spoken word inspired by public art dispersed among the downtown historic district, alongside the projected artwork featured over the weekend.

The Spring Out 2022 is generously sponsored by the LOR Foundation.

The Taos Open Studio Tour is a great excuse to wander the relaxed back roads of the famously funky and beautiful mountain town of Taos, New Mexico, as you guide yourself from studio to studio and perhaps even discover an inspiring work of art for that empty spot on your bedroom wall. By attending the tour, you not only get to see a wide range of art by independent artists; you also have the fun of seeing the real Taos beyond the plaza or ski valley. Studio visits are from 10am – 5pm.

An opening reception will be held the Thursday before the event. Find out more about the Taos Open Studio Tour at their website.

Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon Logo and Snowy Ski Valley Ridge

The Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon at Taos Ski Valley embodies the idea of coming together to work hard and have fun to provide health related services and support for members of our community in need. 

Each year Ridge-A-Thon participants and donors help encourage donations for the Emergency Medicines Fund at Taos Community Foundation, which funds grants in the area of health and basic needs in Taos and Western Colfax Counties.

Ridge-A-Thon is a breath-taking snow sports event at Taos Ski Valley. Participants lap the hike-to terrain over two days, or take just a single hike. For those who can’t or don’t ski/board/hike you have the opportunity to design another TSV mountain pursuit, (with advance approval of TSV) to serve as your “Ridge Challenge”.

San Francisco de Asís Mission Church at Night

One of the most popular Christmas traditions in Northern New Mexico is Las Posadas, a nine day celebration of religious observance beginning December 16 and ending December 24. The ritual has been a tradition in Mexico for over 400 years. Many Mexican holidays include dramatizations of original events, a tradition which has its roots in the ritual of Bible plays used to teach the scriptures to a largely illiterate population in Europe as early as the 10th and 11th centuries.

“Posadas” is Spanish for “lodging” or accommodation” and Las Posadas is a traditional play enacted 9 days before Christmas telling the story of Joseph and Mary on their journey looking for a place to stay before their baby Jesus was born.  Each day corresponds to one month that baby Jesus was carried in the womb of the Virgin Mary.

In Taos Las Posadas is celebrated throughout the county. It is a time to come together for nine days and nights of devotion to purification, meditation and getting in touch with the holiness of the season. The Posaditas go to different houses each night and are sent away, until the ninth night, when they are finally given posada (shelter). People along the route decorate their home entrances with farolitos to light the way and cook traditional foods like Tamales and biscochitos which are given to the posadistas. As part of the ceremony prayer is recited for the posadistas and community joining in the celebrations.

Besides the Posadas organized by local churches, it is also organized in private homes. To find out the Las Posadas locations contact San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos. Call (575) 758-2754.

Where: 60 St. Francis Plaza in Ranchos de Taos, NM
Call: 575-758-2754
More Information: [email protected]

A Montage of works from Dixon Studio Tour Artists

The Dixon Studio Tour is one of the oldest continuously run studio tours in the state. Dixon, nestled in the Embudo Valley in Northern New Mexico where the Rio Embudo flows into the Rio Grande, has been long known for its rich Native American and Hispanic heritage, productive farm lands and pastoral beauty. During the last 30+ years many artists moved to the valley to pursue their artistic talent and a simpler way of life.

The annual Dixon Studio Tour is always help the first full weekend of November. Dixon is located 50 miles north of Santa Fe and 25 miles south of Taos. Many artists, craftspeople, and local businesses will be displaying their wares.

Food will be available at the Dixon Coop and Deli and at various stands at the Mercados and at the Presbyterian Mission Cafe, and La Chiripada Winery, Vivac Winery, and Blue Heron Brewing Company will all be open for business during the Dixon Studio Tour.

Lighting a farolito on Taos Plaza

Taos’ Magical Time of Year

When: Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day
Where: Historic 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.

Check back often as we update information for 2021 Yuletide events.

CAV Taos Holiday Market Arts and Crafts Fair

The annual Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair features the areas finest craftsman and artists. Shop from a variety of sculpture, paintings, foods, textiles, jewelry, pottery and much much more! Support individuals and families affected by domestic and sexual violence. Bring your holiday gift lists and shop for family and friends!
Call 575-758-8082 or visit taoscav.org for updates.

Twirl Aglow Party

Twirl Play and Discovery Space hosts their FREE annual Twirl Aglow Party. The courtyard at Twirl will be filled with sparkling lights and twinkling surprises. Share your wishes with Santa, enjoy warm drinks and sweet treats, make seasonal crafts and have your face painted by our talented elves. Experience the magic of The Holidays with Twirl and the Taos Community! twirltaos.org

TAOS FOLK

When: November 19 – December 24, 2021
Where: Stables Art Gallery
More info: taosfolk.com
Taos’ famous POP-UP store! Find affordable and beautiful handmade gifts by Taos artisans. We have over 75 artists and authors showing new work and books, with about 20 new artists this year!

36th Annual Yuletide Tree Lighting

The 2021 Taos Holiday Season officially kicks off with the annual lighting of the Town Christmas tree during the 36th Annual Yuletide Tree Lighting on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Taos Plaza. Join our Mayor Dan Barrone and community. For more information contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or e-mail [email protected]

Lighting of Ledoux

When: Saturday, December 4, 2021
5:00PM – 7:00PM
Where: Ledoux Street
More info: harwoodmuseum.org
The historic narrow Ledoux Street glows with the light from farolitos, luminarias and bonfires. Galleries, shops, and museums are open late, offering holiday food and drink. People gather around the fires and share their stories in the cool starlit night.

Annual Holiday Fiesta at Millicent Rogers Museum

Free community event. Activities for children. Face Painting, Wish Tree, Free Pictures with Santa Claus! Performances by local organizations, special appearance by Taos Fiesta Royal Court, and so much more.
millicentrogers.org

Ornament and Craft Making

Christmas is coming up and the Town of Taos Community Events would like to help children of all ages make Christmas ornaments for their Christmas tree or to give as Christmas presents. This event is FREE! Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  Materials and examples will be provided, just bring your imagination. Come and have some creative fun!!!

Santa Paws

The festivities will begin with Santa Paws in front of Op.Cit Bookshop from 11:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. Santa would like to hear what your pets want for Christmas and be photographed with them. This is a benefit for Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. Bonfires, cookies and hot beverages will keep you toasty warm and add to the holiday cheer. Come see your neighborhood pets decked out in their holiday best.

Bonfires on Bent Street

When: Saturday, December 11, 2021
4:00PM – 7:00PM
Where: Bent Street
Hosted by the John Dunn Shops and Bent Street merchants. Bonfires and farolitos will warm you up and light the way. Shops will be decorated for the festivities and offer snacks and specials all day. Any evening full of blessings, caroling, entertainment, food and hot beverages.

Las Posadas

See info from past year’s event: Las Posadas 2018

Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo

Events at Taos Pueblo will be closed to the public for 2021 due to the pandemic, this includes the Christmas Eve Procession. 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.
For details visit taospueblo.com

Taos Chamber Music Group Concerts

Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art taoschambermusicgroup.org

Christmas Eve Torchlight Parades

December 24, 6:00 PM
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

Events at Taos Pueblo will be closed to the public for 2021 due to the pandemic, this includes the traditional dances held on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 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.
taospueblo.com

Town of Taos New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Plaza

Mayor Dan Barrone and his family will be serving a pig roast dinner free to the community and visitors starting at 7:00 PM. Time Square Countdown at 10:00 PM followed by fireworks display by Taos Volunteer Fire Department. Join us for a  fun, family-friendly celebration!

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks

December 31, starts at 6:00 PM
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.

Taos Jazz Festival Performer

For jazz lovers in northern New Mexico, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Taos Jazz Bebop Society created the Festival in 2015 to honor the late, great alto saxophonist, Frank Morgan, who called Taos home. Every year since the beginning, its roster of world-class jazz artists has attracted capacity crowds from Taos and beyond. If you’re a jazz fan, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

Balloons getting ready to take off at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally

The Taos Mountain Balloon Rally has truly been a Taos community event. Every year on the last full weekend in October, as the trees in the high country erupt into a painter’s canvas of oranges, reds, ambers and yellows, even more color is added to the vista as the Taos skies are filled with dozens of brightly colored hot air balloons lifting into the clear, cold dawn of a Taos Mountain sunrise.

Smaller than many such events, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is an invitational and typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews each year. The rally – primarily because it is smaller and more intimate – has become a popular stop for balloonists, families and crews, Taoseños and visitors alike. Parents and kids get up-close and personal” with the balloonists every morning as the crews prepare for launch. The three‐day event includes mass ascensions at dawn, balloon glows in the evening, a parade and a grand ball.