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Adventures Online: Celebrate the Holidays in Santa Fe

Join us for a special holiday celebration live from Santa Fe, New Mexico! Enjoy a virtual exploration of this fascinating city and its holiday traditions with new friends online.
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Program No. 24209RJ
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Online Program

Adventures Online: Celebrate the Holidays in Santa Fe

Join us for a special holiday celebration live from Santa Fe, New Mexico! Enjoy a virtual exploration of this fascinating city and its holiday traditions with new friends online.
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Program No. 24209 RJ
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Known as “The City Different,” it’s no surprise that Santa Fe’s holiday traditions are incredibly special! Join our experts in New Mexico for a spirited online learning adventure that brings the best of the holiday season live to your home. Learn about Mexican, Spanish and Native American cultures as you delve into the region’s unique and time-honored holiday traditions, and meet an expert who offers insight into Pueblo customs and beliefs. Enjoy a virtual walking field trip through Santa Fe to explore its historic Plaza center and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and learn about the artists at the Taos art colony. Get tips for creating delicious Southwest holiday foods during a demonstration by James Beard Award-winning author Dr. Lois Ellen Frank. Throughout your online learning adventure, enjoy opportunities to participate in insightful Q&A sessions and share some holiday cheer with fellow Road Scholars.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about Santa Fe’s diverse cultures and holiday traditions, from colorful Pueblo Indian dances to Hispanic customs such as the burning of luminarias.
  • Explore Santa Fe during a virtual “walking” field trip through the city, stopping to explore Santa Fe’s Plaza area, the Palace of Governors, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and more.
  • Delight in the flavors of Southwest cuisine during a cooking class led by culinary anthropologist Dr. Lois Ellen Frank, a James Beard Award-winning author.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Edge of Taos Desert, An Escape to Reality
by Mabel Dodge Luhan
First published in 1937, this story reveals the spiritual awakening the New York socialite experienced through Taos, the Pueblo Indians and Indian Tony Luhan, whom she later married.
Christmas in Old Santa Fe
by Pedro Ribera Ortega
Originally published in 1961, this charming book by the teacher and cultural historian from an old Santa Fe family includes many sketches.
The Art of New Mexico: How the West Is One
by Traugott, Joseph
An illustrated compendium of New Mexico art from the 1880s to the present that considers historical and cultural significance with a wealth of information about the artists and their pieces. Written for a broad audience.
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest
by Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.
The Pueblo Revolt, The Secret Rebellion that Drove the Spaniards Out of the Southwest
by David Roberts
A lively, passionate account of the violent 1680 Pueblo uprising against Spanish settlers.
New Mexico, A History
by Joseph P. Sanchez
This cooperative effort between three native New Mexicans is the first complete history of New Mexico. It charts the state’s development from 16th-century Spanish colony to frontier province, from its 1912 American statehood to a hub of (often classified) scientific research. A vital source for anyone seeking to understand the complex history of the West.
Dark Beauty, Photographs of New Mexico
by Jack Parsons
Southwest photographer Parsons presents the rugged landscapes and the people of New Mexico, exploring religious iconography, far-flung ranches, small towns and wide open spaces in this full-color coffee table book.
Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History
by Joe Sando
An expansive history of the Indian Pueblos of New Mexico from a Native American perspective. The book explores the origins of the tribe to its current struggles to maintain sovereignty, land and water rights.
Santa Fe, History of an Ancient City
by David Grant Noble (Editor)
A revised edition of of this classic history of Santa Fe to the mid-nineteenth century, featuring essays by ten scholars and hundreds of archival photographs, drawings and maps.
oods of the Southwest Indian Nations
by Lois Ellen Frank
Photographer Lois Ellen Frank spent four years documenting the culinary techniques used on reservations throughout the Southwest, compiling her discoveries into this handsome book, rich in photos and recipes.
Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Susanne Page
Featuring color photographs of the basketry, pottery, weaving, jewelry, and carvings of 200 noted artists, this book is both a collector's guide and cultural history of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo peoples and other native peoples.
American Indian Myths and Legends
by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz
An illustrated collection of 180 traditoonal stories from all over North America.
The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona
by Dave DeWitt
Expert on chili peppers and spicy foods, Dave DeWitt (aka "the Pope of Peppers") blends Southwestern culinary history with 130 authentic recipes and cooking techniques in this tantalizing collection of fiery, flavorful dishes from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
Runner in the Sun
by D'Arcy McNickle
Nickles combined his anthropology background with all the suspense of a mystery to craft this novel about pre-Hispanic Indian life in the American Southwest.
Feast of Santa Fe, Cooking of the American Southwest
by Huntley Dent
An easy-to-follow introduction to the cuisine of the Southwest written by a cooking school instructor.

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