New Mexico
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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At a Glance

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
On Your Feet
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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Elena Junes
Elena Ortiz-Junes is a native New Mexican and member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has worked for many years as a study guide and group leader for numerous organizations and universities, and provides a unique perspective on the region and its rich cultural tapestry. She is a writer and board member of the University of New Mexico’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.
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Elena Junes
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Jerry Rightman
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Maia Duerr
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Ronald Roybal
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Lisa Wilder

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