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Santa Fe Holiday Traditions: Beyond the Ordinary

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7 Days | 6 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Santa Fe is a magical place to celebrate the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year — each occasion offers an opportunity for the varied cultures of northern New Mexico to celebrate with their own unique and time-honored traditions, from colorful Pueblo Indian dances and feast days to Hispanic customs such as the display of farolitos and burning of luminarias. Join us in the Land of Enchantment for the holiday of your choosing and revel in the mosaic of exciting traditions that make this time of year so uniquely special in Santa Fe.


• Enjoy the Santa Fe holiday celebration of your choosing — Thanksgiving, Christmas or the New Year.
• Experience a range of celebrations and festivities typical for this time of year, drawn from the cultural traditions of the Spanish, North Africans, Mexicans and Native Americans.
• Whichever date you choose, explore the delicious variety of the Southwest’s famous cuisine in cooking classes led by acclaimed chefs and customized to reflect the current season.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles per day over uneven, unpaved surfaces. Some stairs. Standing for up to two hours during Native American dances. Elevations of 7,000 feet.

Date Notes
Enjoy Thanksgiving in Santa Fe! Program includes a cooking class led by a James Beard Award-winning chef, as well as a Thanksgiving feast at a fine restaurant.12/7/2016
It’s Christmastime in Santa Fe! Join us to experience a blend of Spanish, North African, Mexican and Native American celebrations. Attend the annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas, an old Hispanic tradition recreating Mary and Joseph's search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus, followed by carols and refreshments. Participate in a cooking class to learn how to create authentic New Mexican holiday dishes.12/23/2016
It’s Christmastime in Santa Fe! Join us to experience a blend of Spanish, North African, Mexican and Native American celebrations. Enjoy a Christmas Eve concert presented by Performance Santa Fe and participate in the traditional "Farolito Walk" on Canyon Road. Learn to prepare delicious Southwestern cuisine during a class at a local cooking school, then enjoy the completed meal.12/28/2016
Ring in the New Year in Santa Fe! Attend a special New Year’s Eve concert presented by Performance Santa Fe and a Pueblo feast-day dance. Also enjoy an expert-led exploration of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
2 Performances


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