Holiday Festivities In Santa Fe, New Mexico

Historical Santa Fe is a magical year-round photo destination. Painters and photographers have long been attracted to the town because of its charming architecture and undiffused light. In December, the combination of Western, Hispanic and Native American traditions blend to create unique holiday celebrations in this nearly 400-year-old New Mexico capital.

You'll find many buildings decked out with farolitos--small bags filled with sand and lit from within by votive candles--New Mexico's version of traditional Christmas lights. Another festive tradition in the city are Luminarias, small bonfires that were supposed to have lit the way for the Three Wise Men to Mary and the baby Jesus.

What To Photograph
In addition to the beautiful lights, natural wreaths and other decorations that adorn much of the city's adobe buildings, here are a few of Santa Fe's holiday events that are very picture worthy.

· Santa Fe Plaza on Christmas Eve: The historic plaza is decorated with 1000 farolitos, which create striking evening photos (bring your tripod). You can also join people in drinking cider, singing carols and walking to the nearby Cross of the Martyrs, which is also outlined in farolitos. For more photo ops, take a walk through the Capital and Canyon Road neighborhoods, where homes, streets, trees, walls and businesses are outlined in lights.

· Las Posadas: This traditional Spanish outdoor play is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for a room on Christmas Eve. It begins at the Palace of the Governors, winds around the Plaza and is open to everyone who is interested. This event will be held on December 9 & 11, 2005. For more information, call The Palace of the Governors at 505/476-5100;

· Winter Spanish Market:
This annual event yields great photo opportunities. The embroidery, paintings, wood carvings, furniture and silver jewelry all reflects Santa Fe's roots in Spanish Colonial art. It will be held at Sweeney Convention Center, December 3--4, 2005. For more information, call the Spanish Colonial Arts Society at 505/982-2226;

· Christmas at the Palace: A celebration of Hispanic, Anglo and Native American Christmas traditions, which features caroling, story-telling, Santa and his elves, music, and Indian dancers. This event will be held December 9--11, 2005, from 5:30--9pm at the Palace of the Governors, 505/476-5100.

Getting There
Santa Fe is about 65 miles north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and approximately 50 miles south of Taos. Many visitors fly to Albuquerque International Sunport Airport, and rent a car to drive to Santa Fe on I-285. Cerrillos Road (Hwy. 510) will take you into the heart of the historical downtown area.

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mukul's picture

It would be a grand celebration there, it would be full of color and lights. It is no wonder that photographers feel so drawn to it. But sometimes budget can not afford a big vacation abroad so it is worth checking out your surroundings, I will be spending this vacation in the state of texas.

radududu's picture

I would like to visit this part of the country, even only to spend a peaceful, relaxing and romantic weekend. The view seems to be awesome, and it seems to be a really good vacation. Everything seems to deserve the money.

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I love this pictures. I would like to take a part to this kind of events in the future, because I like the photography. A friend of mine just took some photos at the phoenix spas and I was amazed.

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Thank you for providing this interesting and useful post.Traveling is one of my favorite hobby because I like to visit and discovery new and interesting places like this described in this post.Also this year I am thinking of a cruise planning because I've always wanted to go on a cruise along the oceans and seas.

mukul's picture

This would be a grand affair for the tourists, such festivities are indeed great opportunities to have a glimpse of the local culture. Whenever you plan a trip you should try some time management tips to make the right schedule so that you can enjoy every bit of your trip.

leonardo85's picture

This festival is indeed filled with wonderful moments which the photographers should capture in the snaps. When you crave for some different kind of experience then you should look floor offbeat destinations, for instance Krabi is an excellent place for those who are in love with rock climbing.

crazymeme's picture

Thank you for providing this great and interesting post!There are a lot of beautiful travel destination on the world such as the Gold Coast or Mexico.Last year I traveled to Mexico and I was impressed by the beauty of that country and also by the great people who live there.I took some great photos there.

crazymeme's picture

Traveling is one of my hobbies and I've visited a lot of countries in the last ten years. Last year I've spent my vacation in Santa Fe and I was fascinated by the beauty of the landscape there. I took some amazing photos and I made a beautiful album that my friends like a lot. This year I am planing to visit san francisco as I want to take some photos there.

crazymeme's picture

As a professional photographer I like traveling around the world in order to capture the most amazing landscapes.Recently I traveled to Georgia and I participated to a lot of activities in georgia and took some great photos there.Soon I am planing to travel together with my friends to Mexico in order to take photos there and to learn about the Mexican culture.

mukul's picture

The festivals simply light up the whole atmosphere and you just love the place even more. However, summer is here and this is the time for a Summer Travel to Montreal.

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I think the place looks just amazing during the festival and it would be a great place for honeymooners too, however, if you want a different kind of experience then you should go for North American honeymoon destinations.

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