Holiday Festivities In Santa Fe, New Mexico:
Where To Stay
Experience southwestern ambience for yourself in one of Santa Fe’s varied
accommodations—there seems to be more of them cropping up every year.
Here are just a few:
The spirit of Santa Fe awaits you at this charming, seven-unit adobe bed &
breakfast inn built around a lovely garden courtyard and outdoor kiva fireplace.
Morning breakfast and evening wine and cheese are served in the “great
room.” The hacienda’s innkeeper also owns Alexander’s Inn
and The Madeline.
El Rey Inn
This friendly hotel, located on Cerrillos Rd., offers attractive gardens, continental
breakfast, an outdoor whirlpool, in-season swimming pool and an exercise room.
La Fonda Hotel
The current building housing this “grande dame” of Santa Fe hotels
dates back to the 1920s, although there’s been an inn on this site since
1620. Each room and suite is unique, with colorful hand-painted furnishings.
This hotel also offers an exercise room, outdoor pool, hot tub, massage, shopping
and fine dining. Local artisans are showcased at the La Fonda.
Temperatures in December are usually in the low 40s during the day
and low 20s at night, so bundle up! Wear warm clothing in layers and prepare
for the possibility of snow. Protect your camera gear from moisture and cold
temperatures. In northern New Mexico the sun reportedly shines 300 days a year,
making it comfortable to be outdoors most days. Santa Fe is at the base of the
Sangre de Cristo mountains, which are usually covered with snow during the winter,
as are the Jemez mountains across the Rio Grande Valley to the west.
Other December Events
Check out these additional holiday photo ops around the US:
Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children’s Parade, Dallas, Texas
Benefitting Children’s Medical Center Dallas, this nationally televised
parade features music, colorful floats, and giant balloons. The theme for this
festive event is “Unwrap the Joy.”
Crystal City “Sparkle” of Christmas, Corning, New York
An old-fashioned celebration of the season with food, music, entertainment and
crafts. Located on historic Market Street in Corning.
December 31–January 1
First Night Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah
A New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts held in downtown Salt Lake City,
featuring visual, cultural and performing arts. A midnight Finale Extravaganza
counts down the seconds to the New Year.