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The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe

The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Neighborhoods of Santa Fe, New Mexico

5 Reasons to Love Santa Fe During the Holidays

There’s no question that Santa Fe is a wonderful place to live and visit. Our unique high desert city offers more artwork, food, music, shopping and recreation than we could ever begin to shake a stick at.  The City Different becomes especially magical during the holidays, though, inspiring visits from around the world. Here’s why we believe Santa Fe is the perfect place to spend your holiday season:

  1. Santa Fe Decor
    The City Different is a unique town brimming with warmth and holiday spirit. Shortly after Thanksgiving we string our lights, hang our decorations and line our roofs with farolitos (candles placed in sand at the bottom of a brown paper bag), something you’re unlikely to see much of anywhere else in the country. The soft glow of the Santa Fe Plaza on a snowy evening makes for a romantic stroll whether alone, with a partner or with friends and family.Santa Fe Shopping
  2. Santa Fe is a shopper’s paradise. Art galleries, malls, boutiques and shops offering handmade items unique to the Southwest attract shopping mavens from all over the world. Things only get better during the holidays when many locally-owned stores leave their doors open late into the chilly evenings for last-minute shoppers and those strolling the Plaza in admiration of the plethora of lights and town Christmas tree, which is lit the Friday after Thanksgiving. Santa Fe Food
  3. It’s no secret that Santa Fe has been recognized as a world-class culinary destination; we’re fortunate to have access to hundreds of restaurants within a few miles radius, something to satisfy any palate at almost any time. When the holidays roll around they bring with them many traditional holiday dishes and desserts such as posole, biscochitos, tamales and empanadas that are incredibly delicious and may be difficult to find elsewhere. Santa Fe Recreation
  4. It comes as a surprise to some but Santa Fe isn’t all dry desert! In fact, there are at least five high-altitude ski areas within a two hour driving distance. Ski Santa Fe, the nearest ski lodge a mere 20 minutes from Downtown Santa Fe, gets up to 300 inches of snow each winter resulting in exciting skiing, snowboarding, sledding and snowshoeing experiences enjoyed by outdoor recreationalists. Santa Fe Traditions
  5. Holiday traditions abound in every form in Santa Fe. From our renowned Christmas Eve Farolito Walk to the Pueblo Dances, from Las Posadas to the Feast of Guadalupe, there are numerous unique and interesting events rich in local history and tradition that inspire attendance even on the coldest of evenings.

Be sure to keep an eye out for our blog posts over the next few weeks in which we’ll explore these five areas in detail and drop hints as to where you can go to have the best time in Santa Fe over the course of the holiday season!

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