yuletide in taos
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!!!
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.
See info from past year’s event: Las Posadas 2018
Taos Chamber Music Group Concerts
Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art taoschambermusicgroup.org
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
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.
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.