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Christmas in Santa Fe is Magical.

Christmas in Santa Fe is Magical.

 

Christmas in Santa Fe Farolito Walk on Canyon Road

Farolito Walk on Canyon Road on Christmas Eve.

Christmas in Santa Fe is one of my most favorite times of the year. Christmas in Santa Fe is magical. The trees in the plaza are filled with beautiful lights of many colors. There are free performances in the Cathedral by such groups as the Apprentices of the Santa Fe Opera. The famous Desert Chorale performs and numerous locations around town. Loretto Chapel, home of the miracle  stairway, has a Christmas concert on Christmas Eve.

On of the most beloved events is the Christmas Eve walk up Canyon Road. The road is lined with farolitos. Not the plastic ones with electric lights but real ones. Paper bags with sand in the bottom and a candle burning in the middle. Many of the art galleries are open with bond fires out front with hot refreshments.

Of course, there is the shopping. Shopping in Santa Fe is unequaled. But, Christmas in Santa Fe is magical and for the reasons above and many more it should not be missed.

When you need to take a day off from the fantastic skiing or the incredible shopping, consider a tour of this historic city. Click here for more information about a great Historic Walking Tour.

Glow in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Glow in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden

A glowing path through Santa Fe Garden Glow

A glowing path with glowing trees. Experience the magic at the Santa Fe Garden.

The Glow in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden is one of the many excellent reasons to visit Santa Fe during the Christmas season. This is an event I look forward to every year.

You have finished shopping or skiing and are thinking what to do before dinner. I always advise my tour guest to make a late dinner reservation. A late reservation in Santa Fe is between 7:30 and 8:30. Why do that, I’m asked? Because, I say, there is nothing quite like the Glow in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. The night will be cool and crisp. The lights on the plants and the art work are breath taking. Don’t forget to look up at nature’s light show as the stars fill the heavens.

Did you say cold? Yes it will be cool, we don’t say cold in Santa Fe, but part of the price of admission is hot food, hot chocolate, hot cider and many varieties of wine. All of that will definitely take the cill off.

Oh, did I mention the free music? New performers every night.

The Garden glow is each weekend, Friday to Sunday, through out December. Don’t miss it !!

Click this link for more details,  Garden Glow.

When you need to take a day off from the fantastic skiing or the incredible shopping, consider a tour of this historic city. Click here for more information about a great Historic Walking Tour.

 

Stop over in New York City.

Stop over in New York City.

 

Window shop while doing a Stop over in New York City

Window shopping in New York

New York City. This no place like it in the world. We did a stop over in New York City for a few days there before our trip to South Africa. The big new thing is ‘The Vessel’ in Hudson Yards. The Vessel is a public art project meant to attract people to Hudson Yards. It worked !!

Hudson Yards is the new high end (this is New York after all) mixed use development. The Vessel is this amazing thing and you can climb to the top, if you dare. It is eleven stories tall but climb is easy and fun. There are many landing areas as you go up. Each area give you a different view of the city, the river (Hudson) and the surrounding area. The stores at Hudson Yards are the same old high end stuff and frankly, not that impressive but the Vessel is a must see item.

Walking Down Fifth Avenue.

We of course walked down Fifth Avenue and there the shopping is, well very New York. The picture above is a display window at Bergdorf-Goodman. Now, as I said, there is no place like New York but the same is true for Santa Fe. We lived in New York City, Brooklyn actually, for three years but when the time came to leave we had the entire country to chose from and we choose Santa Fe.

New York vs. Santa Fe

I like to say Santa Fe is just like New York minus the crowds and super high prices. Come see us this Christmas season. You will not be disappointed ! Of course, if you do get the chance, you must do a stop over in New York City!

While you are out here in Santa Fe and you need to take a day off from the fantastic skiing or the incredible shopping, consider a tour of this historic city. Click here for more information about a great Historic Walking Tour.

First Ski Day !

First Ski Day !

Me on the slopes during my first ski day

First Day skiing at Ski Santa Fe

The first ski day of the season has begun and on a good note, so far as the snow is concerned. As of December 10th, Ski Santa Fe has had about 40 inches of snow.

Ski Santa Fe opened on November 28th. This was Thanksgiving Day. I had broken my toe back in September and it was still a bit tender. Most likely because I have walked on it for a month before finally having it looked at. With this in mind plus the fact that only the bottom runs were open, I delayed my first ski day of the 2020 season until today.

I arrived at about 9:00am and parked in the upper right lot so I could ski to the lodge. This seemed like a good idea because at the end of the day I could ski to the lot and have only a short walk to the car.

I was meeting a friend named Joe. This was the first ski day for both of us. We met in the lodge and after he got his gear on we were ready to hit the slopes.

The Snowboarder and I

This was the first day for both of us so we agreed to just take it easy. The first two runs were good. Now it was time to head for the lifts to the upper mountain. On the run to the lifts a young snowboarder hit me from the side and completely wiped me out. I rolled down the hill for about 20 or 30 yards before coming to a stop. One ski near me and one way up the hill. I hadn’t bucketed my helmet strap and it went sliding down the hill. Everyone was asking if I was OK and after a minute or so I could tell I was fine. A ski patrol guy brought my helmet and another skier brought down my ski and I was up and ready to go. The young board gal never said sorry, boo or anything for that matter. I think I came out of it with only a bruised rib, I hope. This was the biggest wipe out I have had in many a year, maybe ever. For the rest of the day I was very leery of snowboarders !!

A Good Lunch and Final Runs

We Stopped for lunch at 11:45 or so. A nice bowl of hot chile was just what we needed to warm us up. We both decided that we would do a few more runs and call it a day. The legs are just not as young as they were! It was a good sunny day, cold but with the sun out, who cares? It was 16 degrees at the start of the day but I never felt cold. That is one of the great things about skiing in Santa Fe on a sunny day. That sun just keeps you nice and toasty.

More Snow on the Way

More snow is on the way this weekend so next week will be even better. The legs will be stronger and the powder deeper! Can’t wait!

When you need to take a day off from the fantastic skiing or the incredible shopping, consider a tour of this historic city. Click here for more information about a great Historic Walking Tour.

 

 

Indian Market

Indian Market

 

This weekend, August 16 to 18 is the 98th annual Indian Market here in Santa Fe. It is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world. Over 1,100 Native artists from the U.S. and Canada sell their artwork. The Indian Market attracts 150,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world. Buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of the Santa Fe Indian Market.

The artists are people from over 220 U.S. Federally recognized tribes and First Nations’ Tribes (Canada). To the casual observer, it may not be evident that there may be generations of artists sitting together under the same booth. Some artists have been participating in Indian Market 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and even 60+ years. Their artwork is the universal language, which speaks and becomes a part of our lives.

The Indian Market officially begins on Saturday, 7:00 am -5:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 – 5:00 pm. Saturday is typically when the die-hard collectors come to shop. Sunday morning is less busy and preferred by those Market goers who wish to take their time discovering and rediscovering the hidden gems of Market.

Santa Fe Footprints does not offer walking tours on Saturday and Sunday of Indian Market. Not only is it just too crowded, we believe you should be enjoying the market and not desperately trying to hear what our extremely informative guides are saying. We do have tours the week leading up to and the days following the market. These tours will help you understand what you are about to experience or if after the market, make some sense of what you have been through.