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Santa Fe’s Holiday Traditions

Santa Fe’s holiday traditions are in full swing the next few weeks.  We encourage everyone coming to participate in these wonderful events.  These annual events are walking distance from the Inn and are not to be missed. Begin the festivities on Friday evening, December 8th, from 5:30pm-8pm, with Christmas at the Palace. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of this community celebration. We encourage you to take the whole family and enjoy hot cider, cookies, live music, piñatas, and a special visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. There will be small bonfires in the courtyard to warm your hands and sing some carols by.

Beginning at 5:30pm, on Sunday evening the 10th, on the Santa Fe Plaza, join in the annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas. Travel around the plaza with Mary and Joseph as they seek a safe place to give birth for the baby Jesus and raise your voice to help “boo” the devils that pop up along the way. As you end the evening with carols and refreshments in the Palace courtyard; check this one off your travel bucket list.

The Inn begins our holiday festivities on Tuesday, December 12th, from 2pm-3pm with the annual decorating and lighting of our lobby Christmas tree by both our employees and those guests who are staying with us. To encourage festive cheer, we share biscochitos and hot chocolate with those “elves” that have come to help with the decorating.  Once the tree has donned its lights and ornaments, many of our guests stay for the daily Tea and Sherry hour which begins at 4pm.  It is such a lovely way to start the holiday season.

This year, SWAIA Winter Indian Market is on Saturday, December 16th & Sunday, the 17th and is located at the La Fonda Hotel on the plaza (just two short blocks from the Inn). We encourage you to do your holiday shopping with native artists during this annual event. I really enjoy meeting the artists and seeing their artistic creations.

Our Inn of the Governors’ family says “Bienvenidos or welcome” and we hope you enjoy your visit and maybe our holiday traditions will become your holiday traditions, too. Safe travels, Deb Swanson

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