Editor's note: This event update was submitted by the town of Taos after our Tempo magazine went to press. This update overrides our article found on page 18 in Tempo.
The town of Taos will kick off the winter holiday and Christmas season with the 32nd annual Yuletide Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday (Nov. 30) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Coronado Hall and at the Taos Plaza.
Mayor Dan Barrone donated the tree, harvested from the local Carson National Forest, that will be decorated and lit up Friday evening on the Plaza.
Events will begin at Coronado Hall with a welcome by Town Manager Rick Bellis and an invocation, holiday greetings by Dwayne T. LeftHand Sr. (Taos Pueblo Warchief Secretary), followed by a walk to the Plaza for a countdown to the tree lighting by the mayor and first lady Della Barrone.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck instead of sleigh (editor's note: a town ordinance discourages reindeer downtown). Santa and Mrs. Claus will be handing out 300 treat-filled stockings to children at Coronado Hall, donated by the Taos Optimist Club Elves. People of all ages can take a photo with Santa for $5 and receive a 4 x 6-inch photo, which includes a photo frame greeting card.
Music will be provided by Mariachi El Tigre under the direction of Juan Archuleta, Taos High School and Taos Middle School Choir under the direction of Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, Native American flute player Marian Rainer, and Mystic Dance. The annual Electric Light Parade has been canceled due to an expected snowstorm. Be prepared to sing along with carolers as well.
The Fiestas de Taos Royal Court will be on hand to greet visitors and the town of Taos management team will light the Plaza farolitos.
The Plaza will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Nov. 30. The Taos Plaza merchants will be open to foot traffic. Free event parking will be available at our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Loretto Parking Lot, Town Hall, and Taos Public Library. After 5 p.m. all metered parking lots will be free.
Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Everyone is invited to the festivities.
Continue the holiday festivities Saturday with the lighting of Ledoux Street and Holiday Block Party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Millicent Rogers Museum also has a holiday fiesta Saturday with free admission from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday (Dec. 2) is a holiday arts and crafts fair at the Talpa Community Center.
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