Santa Fe Farolito Walk
The Farolito Walk is a celebrated Santa Fe tradition. On Christmas Eve small, sand-filled, paper bags illuminated with votive candles line the historic neighborhood streets and adobe walls. Carolers gather around the farolitos and sing for joy as they warm themselves, and our hearts, from the cold night.
Winter Solstice Festival
This nighttime festival happens on the longest night of the year. You can follow the farolitos and the sound of drums through Earthworks and they will have a luminaria labyrinth, flying farolitos, storytelling, and warm snacks. The event is on Friday, December 21, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Beloved Baumann Marionettes
This free event started when Santa Fe artist Gustave Baumann carved marionettes to entertain his daughter. Soon friends and neighbors joined this tradition, and grew until it could only be accommodated in St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Kids will be introduced to Juan and Rosina, Miguelito, the burro, and of course, Warts, the rascally duende with a heart of gold. The marionettes will perform two short plays for children of all ages. This year the event is on Sunday, December 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
River of Lights
This annual walk-through holiday light show is a great Christmas tradition. It has 400 glowing light displays including animated sculptures and a synchronized music light show. The event is open from November 24-December 13, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and from December 14-December 30, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Albuquerque also has a wide variety of special holiday events. You can access a complete list here: