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The Annual Christmas Open House at the New Mexico Art Museum, started in 1983, is a favorite with children of all ages. The highlight of the afternoon is the wonderful, whimsical Baumann Marionettes,... Read More
The Annual Christmas Open House at the New Mexico Art Museum, started in 1983, is a favorite with children of all ages. The highlight of the afternoon is the wonderful, whimsical Baumann Marionettes, made by renowned woodblock artist Gustav Baumann for his daughter in the 1930s. They come out of storage every year for this holiday event. The whimsical puppets perform two plays for children. There's also a treasure hunt to find Freckles and his twin brother hiding somewhere in the museum galleries. The highlight of the afternoon comes with a twist: kids can have a photo taken of Santa in their lap. Create your own puppet, sing Christmas carols and enjoy holiday refreshments. The event, held on a December Sunday, runs from 1 to 4pm. While there visit the galleries; the museum has a great collection of New Mexican art.
107 W. Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
- Holiday Attractions: "If you take young kids to the puppet shows, put them up front near the stage so they can see these amazing marionettes perform from close-up. They will be able to see the facial details clearly. Each of these characters has its own personality carved into its face."
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: The Annual Christmas Open House is a Santa Fe a beloved local tradition and fun for the entire family.