Santa Fe
Santa Fe Holiday Traditions: Beyond the Ordinary
Experience traditional foods, award-winning music, Native American ceremonies and festivals as you celebrate an extraordinary holiday season — New Mexico style!
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Program No. 6858RJ
7 days
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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.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles daily on varied terrain. Standing up to two hours; some stairs. Elevations of 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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 a cooking class led by acclaimed chefs and customized to reflect the current season.
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Jerry Rightman
Who would have ever thought that a retired veterinarian would become a dedicated art lecturer? Jerry Rightman is just that person and is an active member in the art community of Santa Fe, applying his talents as a docent at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. He has received rave reviews for the many years that he has been teaching for Road Scholar.
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