In Taos, we celebrate the holidays with all our hearts.
DEC. 23, 7 P.M. – LOS PASTORES
Time-honored Hispanic folk drama/musicalplay about the shepherds’ journey to honor the Christ Child, presented for the 37th year by Sangre de Cristo Liturgies. Performed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. No admission fee.
DEC. 24 – SKI WITH SANTA
Head to Angel Fire Resort and take to the slopes with Santa. (855) 923-7387, angelfireresort.com
DEC. 24, AT DUSK – TAOS PUEBLO CHRISTMAS EVE
PROCESSION OF THE VIRGIN MARY
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 1,000-year-old adobe Pueblo buildings. A pageant of beauty, heritage and awe-inspiring imagery at the Taos Pueblo Plaza. This is a religious ceremony. Please offer the same respect you would in your church — no photography or recording is allowed – taospueblo.com.
DEC. 24, 5-8 P.M. – SIPAPÚ CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY
This annual, festive and free evening includes Open Mic Night holiday music,an art project for the kids and tasty eats filled with good cheer such as New Mexican-inspired stew. Full dinner menu also available for purchase. Everyone is welcome; no reservations required. Held at the Riverside Café in the Main Lodge. 800-587-2240, sipapunm.com.
DEC. 24, 6 P.M. – CHRISTMAS EVE TORCHLIGHT PARADES
Watch as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares as their only means of light at Angel Fire Resort and Red River Ski Area. Visit angelfireresort.com and redriverskiarea.com for details.
DEC. 25, 1-4 P.M. – TAOS PUEBLO DEER OR MATACHINAS
Witness this ancient American Indian ceremonial dance honoring the depths of winter, as danced and drummed by the Red Willow people of Taos Pueblo. This is a spiritual ceremony. Please offer the same respect you would in your church — use of cameras, cell phones, recording devices and video cameras is strictly prohibited. taospueblo.com.
DEC. 25 – CHRISTMAS LUMINARIA SKI/ SNOWSHOE TOUR
Luminaries (bonfires) and farolitos (paper bags with sand and a lit candle inside) are placed along a one-way, 3-kilometer loop at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area near Red River. Guests ski or snowshoe under the warm glow of candlelight. Join the Enchanted Forest crew on Christmas Day for complimentary chili con queso, green chile stew, posole, desserts and hot drinks in the warming hut. (575) 754-6112, enchantedforestxc.com.
DEC. 25 – SKI OR RIDE WITH SANTA
After a long night of naughty and nice gift giving, Santa likes to relax at the Red River Ski Area and spend a day on the slopes. You can catch him on the hill at 11:30 a.m. with his helpers handing out candy canes and stopping for an occasional photo-op. He’ll then head down to the Main Chaletaround noon to catch anyone he missed on the hill, and after that, spends quite a bit of time in the Youth Center with the kids. (575) 754-2223, redriverskiarea.com.
DEC. 31, 7-10 P.M. – OLD-FASHIONED NEW YEAR’S EVE
Ring in the new year in Red River at theOld-Fashioned New Year’s Eve Party. Afamily fun activities, food, games, and of course, a countdown. Held at the Historic Red River Community House. (575) 754- 1708, redriver.org.
DEC. 31 – 7:30-10 P.M. – TOWN OF TAOS NEW YEAR’S EVE
Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Taos Plaza with live music. Mayor Barrone and family will be serving pig roast to the community and visitors as we countdown the New Year with the Balloon Release and Fireworks at 10 p.m. It’s a fun, family-friendly and alcohol-free celebration.
DEC. 31, 6 P.M. – NEW YEAR’S EVE TORCHLIGHT
PARADES AND FIREWORKS
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 up the winter night sky in celebration of the new year. Angel Fire and Red River also
DEC. 31, 7 P.M. – NEW YEAR’S EVE MOONLIGHT SKI,
SNOWSHOE & SLEDDING
Fun way to close out the year at EnchantedForest Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Area. Call (505) 754-2374 or visit enchantedforestxc.com.
JAN. 1, ABOUT NOON – TAOS PUEBLO TURTLE DANCE
The beginning of a new year is marked by the traditional Turtle Dance as danced and drummed by the Red Willow people of Taos Pueblo. This is a spiritual ceremony. Please offer the same respect you would in your church — use of cameras, cell phones, recording devices and video cameras is strictly prohibited. taospueblo.com
JAN. 1 – POLAR BEAR STOMP
The 2018 Polar Bear Stomp is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Eagle Nest Lake State Park with registration at 9:30 a.m. Participants will follow members of the Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks on a 3-mile winding trail that goes around the lake and into Eagle Nest. Visitors may see numerous animals such as: elk, deer, coyotes, bald eagles and well as many other raptors. Park fees are waived for this event. Meet at the Visitor Center. (575) 377-1594.
JAN. 6 – TAOS PUEBLO DEER OR BUFFALO DANCE
Witness this ancient American Indian ceremony, as danced and drummed by the Red Willow people of Taos Pueblo. Use of cameras, cell phones, recording devices and video cameras is strictly prohibited. taospueblo.com
JAN. 12-14 – WINTER CARNIVAL
A long-ago tradition in Red River, the Winter Carnival was revived recently to bring back all the winter fun the name implies. Events include snowmobile races, skijoring, snowman building, kid friendly games and events, live music, shopping strolls, torchlight parades, fireworks and more at Brandenburg Park and the Red River Ski Area. (575) 754-2223, redriverskiarea.com.
JAN. 27, 6:30-8:30 P.M. – MOONLIGHT HIKE & CAMPFIRE
Explore the mountain by moonlight during a free guided tour from the base area to mid-mountain at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, where a big roaring campfire and hot chocolate awaits. sipapunm.com
JAN. 31-FEB. 4 – WINTER WINE FESTIVAL
Enjoy the best of both worlds — snow and wine. at Taos Ski Valley. Wine seminars, wine dinners, Reserve Tasting, Taste of Taos, on-mountain aprés-ski tastings and the Grand Tasting featuring fine wines from 40 national wineries and delectables from Taos and Taos and Taos Ski Valley restaurants – skitaos.com.