New Year's Eve celebrations around Taos

Taos gets set to celebrate the arrival of 2019 in a big way

By Tamra Testerman
Posted 12/26/18

Rock your New Year with The Sticky 'a 12-piece groove machine' at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, Andrews, Morel and Berry at the Adobe Bar, the New Year's Eve Celebration in Historic Taos Plaza, and more!

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New Year's Eve celebrations around Taos

Taos gets set to celebrate the arrival of 2019 in a big way


New Year's Eve is celebrated all over the planet in multiple time zones. You could stay at home and watch the world say goodbye to 2018 on your television, or put on your boot scooters and tuxedo and celebrate at any of the following venues for New Year's Eve.

Tempo asked club and restaurant owners in town to tell us why you should celebrate with them. Here are the highlights of our survey …

The Sticky 'a 12-piece groove machine' – Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership 9 p.m., $12 in advance, $17 at the door

Jayson Wylie, the president and director of brewing operations at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west, recommended the venue for the following reasons:

"What better place to spend the holiday season with friends and family than Taos Mesa Brewing. With two unique locations in Taos, there is plenty of room for holiday cheer. Come warm up at our downtown Taos Tap Room location where you can enjoy quality wood-fired pizza and skillet dishes made with the freshest ingredients, mindfully crafted beer made right here in Taos, locally made cider and a wine list to go with any dish. Be sure to ask about our winter warmer beers and daily dinner and dessert specials. We also offer beer and cider to go in growlers, a great way to spread local cheer at your holiday party this season.

"If grooving is your thing, then put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip and come on over to Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership for great tacos, locally made beer, and nonstop entertainment. As 2018 comes to a close, what better way to usher in the new year than at the Mothership with the award- winning local funk band The Sticky on New Year's Eve. This 12-piece groove machine will help you shake off 2018 and boogie into 2019. Doors open at 9 p.m. Get your tickets online in advance for $12, or $17 at the door. Whether it's music and entertainment you are after, quality crafted beverages, or fresh delicious food, Taos Mesa Brewing is the place for you and yours this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you and wish you a Happy New Year."

Andrews, Morel and Berry – Adobe Bar at the Taos Inn, no cover charge

Grace Lawrie, the director of marketing at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, said New Year's Eve at the "living room of Taos" is always a blast. "This year we will have Taos' super group, Andrews, Morel and Berry, cooking up some rock, blues and soul. The night also includes a midnight balloon drop filled with exciting prizes and a complimentary champagne toast to start your year off right. We are taking reservations for dinner in Doc Martin's. The holiday menu is diverse this year, ranging from venison pastitsio to malai kofta with plenty in between. Looking to eat light? We will serve a variety of small plates including bluepoint oysters, traditional samosas, a variety of dips and some delicious seasonal salads. No charge except for the restaurant dinner."

Masquerade ball – El Monte Sagrado, 9 p.m., $25

Robin Naylor, resort activities coordinator for El Monte Sagrado, 317 Kit Carson Road, said the venue is planning a masquerade ball with a semi-formal dress (no T-shirt or sneakers) affair starting at 9 p.m. New Year's Eve. Naylor said this event will be "Fabulous. Celebrate the end of 2018 and usher in an amazing new year with your fortunes told and spectacular entertainment with a masquerade theme."

Here is the lineup: DJ Brennan Murphey (AKA Planewalker) will preside over a live countdown with a champagne toast, masks, Mardi Gras beads and noisemakers at midnight. "There is a large dance floor in our main ballroom with three bars and additional ballrooms offering lounge areas, two fortune tellers," Naylor said. "Tarot card reader is Julie Kelly. She is quite well-known around Taos and really good. Bonnie Bramble is the palm reader, by all accounts is wonderful. Both Julie and Bonnie will be available from 9:30-11:30 p.m. in the Sandoval ballroom. Wise Fool circus performers out of Santa Fe will perform from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. We've booked stilt-walkers, jugglers and contortionists. Hot food bar included in ticket price from 10:30 p.m. to midnight. Free valet parking."

Naylor continued to say, "It's fun to get dressed up sometimes when we live in such a casual town. We see this event and the variety of entertainment as appealing to a wide range of ages, couples, groups of friends and even families."

For dinner reservations New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Brunch, email Sophia Diaz at

Tickets for the New Year's Eve party are $25. They can be purchased by phone at (575) 758-3502. You must be 21 or older to attend this event.

New Year's Eve Celebration – Historic Taos Plaza, 7 p.m., free

According to the town of Taos website the long-standing Taos tradition of the New Year's Eve Celebration will be held on Taos Plaza from 7-10 p.m.

Mayor Dan Barrone and his family will serve a pig roast dinner free to the community and visitors starting at 7 p.m. Countdown to the new year with the balloon release starts at 9 p.m. and the Times Square countdown starts at 10 p.m. This will be followed by fireworks launched by the Taos Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition music performances by Michael Hearne, Out of Nowhere and The Damn Band will start at 7 p.m. It is a fun, family-friendly celebration. Parking and vehicle traffic to the Plaza will be closed from 5 p.m. to midnight; however, the Taos Plaza merchants will be open to foot traffic.

Parking is free and will be available at Loretto Parking Lot, Town Hall, and Taos Public Library. After 5 p.m., all metered parking lots will be free. For handicapped parking and for people requiring ADA access to the event, extra parking is available at Guadalupe Parking Lot and the area next to the McCarthy Parking Lot directly behind the old Taos County Courthouse.

The town of Taos Facilities and Events Department, Mayor Barrone and family and Taos Fire Department sponsor this event. They all advise: be safe, don't drink and drive.

Editor's note: The print edition of this story contained a reference to a New Year's Eve party with El Grupo Mezcal at the KTAOS Solar Center. This was in error. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.


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