The winter months in Santa Fe are just as lively and colorful as the summer months so if you want to visit at this time of the year you will still find plenty to keep you occupied. December is filled, as you might expect, with the usual events leading up to Christmas and you can find out more about these on the official events calendar. However, after Christmas, Santa Fe does not slow down at all, so no matter what you are interested in, there is something for you.
New Year’s Eve
If you happen to be in the city at New Year then you should not miss the annual celebrations that will ring in the start of the new year. Known as ‘A City Different New Year’s Eve’, this takes place on the Santa Fe Plaza. The festivities start at 9pm and go on past midnight. Don’t worry about the cold – stationary heaters are dotted around the Plaza to keep the chill away and there are also bonfires for warmth. Local bands will be providing the music at the bandstand and you can also warm up with a traditional hot chocolate or enjoy a snack from one of the food trucks. The celebrations pick up at 11:45pm when the mayor officially welcomes the crowd and at midnight don’t be waiting for something to drop – as the name of the event signifies, it is very different from celebrations elsewhere. Here, something is raised! A Zia symbol created by a local artisan is lifted to mark the start of the New Year. Add to this the usual firework display and the singing of Auld Lang Syne. And all you have to do is go along to the Plaza on New Year’s Eve.
For a great dining out deal, head to Santa Fe in February. Restaurant week takes place from 23 February to 1 March and it is a great way of testing the finest cuisine that the city has to offer at a lower price. To find out which restaurants are taking part in this annual event check out the official website. Three course dinners start at just $15 dollars, so browse the menus and plan your culinary journey around the city.
The Museum of International Folk Art is a great place to enjoy the works of both established and new artists and in 2020 There are several exhibitions that you should visit if you are in the city. The first is an exhibition that starts in October 2019 but runs until 7 March 2021. This is called ‘Musica Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico’ and you can see it in the museum’s Hispanic Heritage Wing. It covers the history of the music from the time that the Spanish first arrived in the region. On December 8 2019 a new exhibition starts named ‘Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan’ and this will be on until January 10 2021, looking at the role of ghosts, demons and other supernatural beings in Japanese art. Why not visit the official website to find out more?
Just remember that even in winter the welcome is warm at the Inn on the Paseo but make sure you book your room at our Santa Fe bed & breakfast in advance if you want to visit for one of these popular events.