Even with the town in the throes of celebrating the Taos High School State 4A Football Championship, a large crowd of revelers turned out for the annual Lighting of Ledoux Saturday evening (Dec. 1). The event, along the historic thoroughfare a block south of Taos Plaza, featured regular Christmas lights and decorations along with Southwestern farolitos and luminarias illuminating the walkways and patios of the area.
Attendees were also treated to a visit by Father Winter who arrived via a Taos Volunteer Fire Department brush truck (but not the customary antique “Maria”), plus seasonal music by strolling carolers, sweet goodies, hot cocoa, and special sales at participating shops. After Father Winter’s arrival, he was dropped off at the Harwood Museum where he received the holiday wishes of children and then presented each with a small gift.
The sharp chilly breeze that blew through the downtown historic district didn’t stop a group of Azteca dancers from performing outside of the Wumaniti Earth Native Sanctuary shop at the corner of Ledoux and Camino de la Placita after the sun went down. Bundled visitors nearby at Stella’s Italian Restaurant enjoyed delicious hot soup. And, then, when it was all over, the season of giving moved on, bolstered by hope and well being.
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