yuletide in taos

Yuletide in Taos – 2018

The holidays in Taos are all about bright lights, snowy nights, farolitos, biscochitos, old traditions, new friends and endless holiday cheer. Come and see why we were named of the best holiday destinations in the world!

Posted by Visit Taos on Friday, December 14, 2018

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 John Dunn Shops Aztec Dancerthroughout 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.

Restaurants open through the holidays. View here

CAV Annual Yuletide Arts and Crafts Fair
When:November 29 – December 1, 2019
11:00AM – 4:00PM
Where: Location to be Determined
The 36th  annual Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair is proud to feature 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 for more info or visit

Shop Local Taos 
When: November 23rd through December 24th
Where: At participating businesses throughout Taos
KNCE, LiveTaos, the Town of Taos, and Centinel Bank are proud to bring you SHOP LOCAL TAOS! 2018 — a great way to show your support for our community during this holiday shopping season. Each year, dozens of businesses and hundreds of community members participate in Shop Local, Taos, giving and getting great discounts — all while keeping money and fellow-feeling flowing in our community!

Twirl Aglow Party
When: Friday, November 29, 2019
3:00PM – 5:00PM
Where: Twirl Courtyard
Twirl Play and Discovery Space will be hosting their FREE annual Twirl Aglow Party on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 3-5 pm. 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!

When: November 22 – December 24, 2018
Open daily 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Where: Stables Gallery
Taos’ famous POP-UP store! Find affordable and beautiful handmade gifts by Taos artisans.

33rd Annual Yuletide Caroling and Tree Lighting
When: Friday, December 6, 2019
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Where: Taos Plaza

The 2019 Taos Holiday Season officially kicks off with the annual lighting of the Town Christmas tree during the 33rd Annual Yuletide Caroling and Tree Lighting on Friday December 6, 2019, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Taos Plaza.  Join our Mayor Dan Barrone and community.Twirl Yuletide Event There will be local entertainment.  Meet and greet our special guests Mr. & Mrs. Claus and be prepared for an appearance by the Mean One, Mr. Grinch.  Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served.  For more information contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or contact her via e-mail at

Lighting of Ledoux
When: Saturday, December 7, 2019
5:00PM – 7:00PM
Where: Ledoux Street
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.

21st Annual Holiday Fiesta
When: To be Announced
Where: 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

Ornament and Craft Making
When: December 20, 2018
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Where: Taos Youth and Family Center

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!!!   For more information call Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or contact her via e-mail at

Santa Paws
More information to be announced.
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

Lighting of Ledoux

Bonfires on Bent Street

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.

Bonfires on Bent Street

More information to be annaounced.

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.

Las Posadas
When: December 16 – 24, 2019
More Information: Las Posadas 2018 

Taos Chamber Music Group – Beyond Borders
Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:30 PM
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:30 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5:30 PM
Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art
TCMG celebrates the holidays with the music of Russia.
Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov will be featured in this holiday-time program that traverses borders, from Armenian composer Arno Babadjanian’s Piano Trio in F# minor and Czech Antonin Dvorak’s Piano Quartet in D Major No. 1, Op.23 to American composer Eldin Burton’s Spanish-flavored Sonatina for flute and piano. Please note that there are three performances due to popular demand!
Tickets are $25, $20 for Harwood Alliance members and $12 for students.

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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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
December 25, 2:00 PM, 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.

Taos New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Plaza
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Historic Taos Plaza
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Mayor’s Pig Roast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Live Music with Michael Hearne and Out of Nowhere
9:00 pm – Balloon Release
10:00 pm 12’ x 16’ video wall with live simulcast of NYC ball drop followed by the Taos Volunteer Fire Department Fireworks Display.
Snow or Shine.
This is a non-alcohol, family-friendly event.

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.

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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.

The Love Apple

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