We have lots of holiday events on tap this weekend in Taos starting with the annual lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. On Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Taos Plaza, the 36th annual yuletide tree lighting ushers in a holiday season that will surely seem more ‘holidial’ than the disheartening pandemic shutdown of one year ago. Following the Friday night tree lighting, the 20-year tradition of ‘Lighting Ledoux’ will take place the next evening, Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event begins on the plaza at 4:45 where Jolly Old Saint Nick hitches a ride on the old town firetruck accompanied by carolers and anyone who wants to participate in the parade to Ledoux. For more information on these events, go to taos.org.

 

Friday, Dec 3, from 7-9 p.m. TCA Movies on the Big Screen: "HIVE." Sundance triple award winner, Kosovo’s official submission for the Academy Awards, "HIVE" is a searing drama based on the true story of Yllka Gashi. Taos Center for the Arts, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. For tickets, call 575-758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.  

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test required for in-theater events for individuals 12 years old and older. Masks required for everyone in attendance. Tickets are $7 for TCA members, $8.50 for adults and $5 for youth 17 and under.

On Sat, Dec 4, from 3-8 p.m. for the 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar, head to the Rolling Still Lounge for a festive Sip + Shop experience featuring local artists and makers, special holiday cocktails, and live music. The outdoor patio is pet friendly. At The Lounge by Rolling Still Distillery, 110 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Suite D, Taos. For more info, call 575-613-0326 or visit rollingstill.com.  

On Sat. Dec. 4, Millicent Rogers Museum is hosting their annual Holiday Community Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum will be free, and there will be a number of  highlights including photos with Santa, art supply gift bags (for the first 100 children),  the traditional wish tree, and a very special guest Barbara Gonzales (and her family) will be signing copies of her children's books. Barbara is the great-granddaughter of the famous San Illdefonso Pueblo potter Maria Martinez (who has a gallery at MRM named after her) and she and her family will be selling traditional horno bread and talking about the illustrious life of her famous ancestor, about whom the book is written.  Another new highlight this year: Don't miss the delicious holiday sweets for sale made by Chef Karin Snowflower of Taos Pueblo. Masks are required and social distancing between families is encouraged.  For more information, call 575-758-2462 or visit millicentrogers.org.

Also on Sat, Dec 4, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. is La Emi Winter Taos Performance. Experience a very special winter performance by New Mexico’s shining star of Flamenco: La Emi. For one night only at El Monte Sagrado. El Monte Sagrado, 317 Kit Carson Road, Taos. There is an admission fee of $20-50.  For more info and tickets, visit hhandr.com/entertainment.

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