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Christmas in Santa Fe is enchanting. There's something very special about this historic city when it's aglow with fairy lights and electric farolitos. If it snows, this magical winter wonderland is... Read More
Christmas in Santa Fe is enchanting. There's something very special about this historic city when it's aglow with fairy lights and electric farolitos. If it snows, this magical winter wonderland is complete. No place is more special this time of year than the historic Plaza, home of the city's official Christmas trees. The park's evergreens in the small park are festooned with colored lights and there are a lot of them. The official Christmas tree lighting takes place on the night after Thanksgiving. It's done with a lot of fanfare. Arrive early; pre-glow entertainment starts at 3pm and Santa arrives via vintage fire truck at 4. When darkness falls the switch is thrown, and viola, the square is transformed. There's also a menorah lighting ceremony on the first night of Chanukah. Candles burn in the contemporary menorah for the holiday's eight nights. The lights stay up until New Year's Day.
Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe, NM
- Holiday Attractions: "It can get cold out there while waiting for the tree lighting. Dress warmly! Put on your thermal underwear, a warm hat, gloves and even lined boots to ward off the chill. Bring a thermos of hot chocolate; it's both festive and warming."
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: This is the official start of the Christmas season in Santa Fe and The City Different takes this holiday seriously.