If Taos, NM isn’t on your radar yet as a top holiday getaway you may want to consider it up there amongst the likes of famous Christmas cities like Vienna and Prague. The tiny mountain town famous for its world class skiing was voted #3 best Christmas destination in the world by US News & World Report – by far the smallest destination on the list and only one of two U.S. cities recognized.
Only a 2.5-hour drive from Albuquerque, Taos offers a festive atmosphere with unique holiday traditions amongst the beautiful snowcapped Sangre de Cristo Mountains.Here, visitors can revel in the annual Yuletide in Taos, a sensational holiday celebration spanning from Thanksgiving to Christmas in the Historical District of Taos.
The Yuletide events kick off with a tree lighting on Historic Taos Plaza and the Lighting of Ledoux – a street party and parade featuring hundreds of bright farolitos (handmade paper lanterns). The warm glow of the farolitos against the rich hues of the Taos sunset and adobe buildings is a sight that is simply enchanting. Local-favorite Bonfires on Bent Street is also a crowdpleaser with its bonfires, Aztec dancers and classic New Mexican fare (enchiladas, green chile, posole, & biscochito cookies) to warm up the chilly winter nights.
What really sets the town apart this time of the year are the holiday events that are influenced by Taos’ rich Native American and Spanish culture. For one, there’s the one-of-a-kind Procession of the Virgin Mary with rifle salutes and bonfires at the 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo. This sacred ceremony beautifully combines elements of religious narrative along with southwestern and Native American culture to make for a Christmas Eve unlike no other. Las Posadas, the nine-day celebration and re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter, cannot be missed either.
Aside from the selection of holiday festivities is an endless roster of other activities to explore while in town. Taos has deep roots as an arts colony and there’s many galleries, shops, and artist’s studios to browse. Also, adrenaline seekers must not forget to make their way to world-renowned Taos Ski Valley to shred the infamously steep slopes!
Hands down, the little town of Taos is one of the best places to be in around the holidays to immerse yourself in rich traditions.
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