What Are the Best Things to Do in Santa Fe in December?

If you’re looking to experience Santa Fe, New Mexico, without the crowds, visit us during the winter! Although it is chilly, there are still countless things to do here. Come to Santa Fe in December for outstanding events and outdoor activities. Access our complimentary Vacation Guide to get a head start on planning your getaway!

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5 of the Best Things to Do in Santa Fe in December

1. Botanical Garden GLOW

Every year, the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens transforms into one of the most spectacular light shows in the country. Carefully placed string lights, bulbs, lasers, and illuminated geodesic domes make up the Botanical Garden GLOW. Walk through the thousands of lights in the gardens for a stunning experience. Then, make sure you grab a mug of hot chocolate to warm up as you listen to the live bands!

2. Canyon Road Farolito Walk

See where El Farolito got its namesake on the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. On Christmas Eve, the entire city gathers to walk down Canyon Road. Thousands of farolitos, also known as luminaria, line the streets to cast a calming glow on the surrounding buildings and gardens. Piñon logs release their comforting aroma as they burn in the small bonfires throughout the street. Enjoy this time with friends and family, or use it to meet someone new as you walk.

3. Winter Indian Market

If you’re looking to get a unique souvenir or a last-minute holiday gift for someone back home, head to the Winter Indian Market. Not only is it one of the biggest events in Santa Fe in December, it is also important to the culture of our city. More than 150 artists gather together to sell jewelry, paintings, pottery, and more. As you shop, you can enjoy live music and dance!

4. Enjoy the Outdoors

Just because Santa Fe gets a little snow from time to time doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! If it snows during your time here in December, there are plenty of things to do. One of our favorite ways to get outside is snowshoeing. You don’t have to have any special set of skills to strap on snowshoes, and it is a great way to explore the gorgeous scenery!

5. Experience New Mexican Cuisine

There’s nothing better than warming up with a spicy chile sauce! Santa Fe calms down during the winter, so you rarely have to wait for a table when you dine at one of the many restaurants. Take a break from the chilly weather and head indoors to try some excellent New Mexican food. Our city is known for its cuisine, and once you try it for yourself, you will see why!

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Whether you are looking for a place to stay during the holidays or just need a winter getaway, you are welcome to stay with us at El Farolito. Browse our rooms and suites to start planning your trip to Santa Fe in December. We know you’ll love our outstanding amenities and Southwestern decor that sets us above other traditional hotels in the area! We look forward to seeing you this winter.