New Mexico is usually thought of as a top warm weather vacation destination,
it also makes Christmas bright with thousands of "luminarias"
(in Santa Fe, farolitos) that quite literally light up
in northern New Mexico, luminarias help to light the way for Las
Posadas ("the lodgings"), a nine-day Christmas
celebration that reenacts Mary and Joseph's search for shelter
The Las Posadas
tradition, which has its roots in Mexico, usually begins with
a devout procession and ends in lots of music and holiday feasting
DID YOU KNOW? New Mexico Christmas fun facts
Christmas along the Pecos in Carlsbad.
• Why pile into the car when you can take the boat? Every year, Christmas in the Pecos in Carlsbad features boat tours along the Pecos River for a wonderland of twinkling lights. The show is courtesy of more than 100 local residents who decorate their homes and boat docks with millions of lights for the event, often called the best holiday light show in New Mexico.
• Christmas in New Mexico means traditional holiday songs played mariachi style! Check out festive violins and pulsating horns at Christmas Mariachi which has been entertaining audiences for 20 years at Popejoy Hall at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
• In Santa Fe, the Palace of the Governors is the oldest government building in continuous use in the USA, where each year visitors get the royal treatment during Christmas at the Palace decorated with Christmas pinatas and luminarias and filled with live holiday carolers and musicians. Then it's out in the courtyard for hot chocolate, cookies and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
More information about Christmas in NM around the Web:
of Ledoux Street - There's Christmas magic afoot as this
historic Taos street is illuminated with hundreds of farolitos
and luminarias centering around the Harwood Museum and surrounding
shops in a traditional holiday night out.