‘Tis the season for Farolitos, Tamales & Music

TamalesThere is something magical about Santa Fe in December. Everyone seems to be a little cheerier this time of the year and for good reason too. The holidays in Santa Fe are unlike any other place in the country and it’s evident everywhere you go. The farolitos are in a row, tamales are being made and music is being played. After all, ‘tis the season for it all. I’ve put together your ultimate Santa Fe tradition list and where to find them.

Farolitos or Luminaria
Farolitos are small paper lanterns made with a brown bag, sand and a candle. You don’t have to look far for these. Just walk around downtown. On Christmas Eve, the Farolito Canyon Road walk is one of the city’s favorite traditions.

You shouldn’t eat tamales everyday unless it’s December then you can eat a tamale at every meal.  The Santa Fe Culinary Academy hosts a tamale and posole cooking class so you can refine your tamale making skills.


Musical events are being held all over town. Some of our favorites are The Nutcracker and a New Mexico Mariachi Christmas at the Lensic. Also, the New Years Eve Gathering at the Club at Las Campanas will feature pianist David Geist and will surely be one of the best ways to bring in the New Year.

There are lot more events this month so be sure to check out the event calendar.