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Christmas at the Palace
The annual Christmas at the Palace, held at the Palace of the Governors (the oldest government building in continuous use in the USA), is a popular event for locals. Started in 1985, it's always on... Read More
The annual Christmas at the Palace, held at the Palace of the Governors (the oldest government building in continuous use in the USA), is a popular event for locals. Started in 1985, it's always on the Friday before Las Posadas. Santa Feans fill the over historic building and its courtyard, greeting friends as they go. It's a great event for tourists, too. The Palace, now part of the New Mexico History Museum, lights up for the occasion. Walk through the rooms, look at the exhibitions which include Spanish Colonial Art and listen to live music played by both children's and professional groups. Head for the courtyard, lit by luminarias and farolitos, for hot drinks, biscochitos (the official New Mexico State Cookie) and of course, Santa Claus (and Mrs. Claus). You'll even find seasonally-themed piñatas hanging, befitting the city's Mexican heritage. This event is a sure winner for the entire family.
105 W. Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
- Things to Do in December: "Get up early the next day and head for the New Mexico History Museum. The Young Native Artists Holiday Show & Sale offers handmade traditional art created by the next generation of Native artists (all children and grandchildren of the Palace portal artists). Admission is free."
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: Christmas at the Palace is a traditional holiday event in Santa Fe and a must on any holiday itinerary.