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Christmas Eve in Santa Fe is unlike any other in the world. It seems like the entire city turns out for the annual Canyon Road Farolito Walk. The street (and adjacent ones) is closed and people take... Read More
Christmas Eve in Santa Fe is unlike any other in the world. It seems like the entire city turns out for the annual Canyon Road Farolito Walk. The street (and adjacent ones) is closed and people take to the middle of the street. Farolitos (traditionally small paper bags filled with sand topped with a votive candle) line walkways and adobe walls. Some housetops, walks and walls boast "fauxlitos," the name locals have given to the electrified models. Luminarias (small piñon wood bonfires) are spaced randomly along the street. The festivities start at dusk (around 5pm) and run until around 10pm (depending on and how late the crowd stays). Some places offer hot cider or hot chocolate to warm cold bodies. People spontaneously break into Christmas carols along the way. The atmosphere is festive and full of good holiday cheer.
Canyon Road at Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
- Holiday Attractions: "Go early! Canyon Road gets really crowded by 6pm and the crowds continue to grow for a couple of hours and then thin out. It's also easier to find parking in the lots at the PERA building on Paseo de Peralta if you go early."
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: This once a year event where Canyon Road is all decked out with farolitos and luminarias is a must-do for visitors to Santa Fe.