Book your family feast at La Fonda to enjoy a gourmet buffet featuring the best of old and new traditions, from Roasted Turkey and Prime Rib au Jus to Baked Ham and Pan-seared Salmon, with zesty sides like Shredded Jicama Salad with Chile Poblano/Orange Vinaigrette, Caesar Salad with Cotijo Cheese dressing, and all the irresistible flaky offerings of the dessert table, from caramel apple to pumpkin pie, bread pudding, cookies, and mousse.
Revisit classic 35mm films in a weekend of screenings at Lensic Performing Arts, perfect for a long weekend. Start with the sci-fi classic 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea and musical The Band Wagon (Nov. 29), then sample the African adventure Hatari! followed by Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest (Nov. 30).
A smaller, cozier cousin of the summer extravaganza, Winter Indian Market (Nov. 30-Dec. 1) gathers 175 top artists from across Native America and includes film, fashion design, hoop dancers, and musicians to jump-start your art-buying season.
Most wonderful time of year
What would Christmas be without a rousing performance of Handel’s Messiah? The Santa Fe Symphony show (Nov. 24) includes the full orchestra and chorus, and features renowned guest soloists. For traditionalists, the symphony will play Christmas Treasures (Dec. 15) led by Phoenix Symphony conductor Joseph Young.
Another Christmas classic is The Nutcracker (Dec. 21,22), in four shows from the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
A different sort of tradition stars in the Santa Fe Concert Association’s Celtic holiday concert by Donnell Leahy & Family (Dec. 2), featuring eight siblings from Canada who sing, dance, and play together. Christmas Eve has the orchestra backing young violinist Caroline Goulding (Dec. 24), and on New Year’s Eve, renowned pianist Claire Huangci, joined by the SFCA’s Joseph Illick.
Now is the perfect opportunity to visit the Coronado Historic Site, south of Santa Fe in the historic village of Bernalillo. Christmas at Kuaua (Dec. 8) presents a dazzling display of luminaria and Christmas lights, along with crafts for children, Pueblo dancing, and storytelling around the bonfire with hot cider and biscochitos.
Back at home in the Santa Fe Plaza, there is the beloved annual Christmas at the Palace (Dec. 13), an evening of entertainment and visits with Santa amid the magic of holiday lights. The truly New Mexican procession known as Las Posadas (Dec. 15) invites everyone to follow the Holy Family around the Plaza for a happy finale in the Palace Courtyard with carols and cookies.
Enjoy a holiday open house at the New Mexico Museum of Art (Dec. 22) with puppet plays, art making, photos with Santa, and other festivities for the young at heart.
At the museums
Opening at the New Mexico Museum of Art this month is a first-ever overview of prints and drawings from Spain, Renaissance to Goya (Dec. 14), covering the mid-1500s to mid-1800s. Many of these works are being exhibited for the first time in the only American show on the international tour.
Come join La Fonda for An Evening with the Harvey Girls (Nov. 17) as we explore the legacy of Fred Harvey and the birth of cultural tourism in the West. This fundraiser for the New Mexico History Museum begins with a screening of a new documentary on the Harvey Girls, followed by a private reception at La Fonda.
Of course there’s the can’t-miss Fuze SW (Nov. 8-10), a weekend celebration of the roots of New Mexico cuisine, with talks and demos from food experts, catered meals, tastings, and “art interludes” with poets and artists.
At the podium
Mexican novelist Luis Alberto Urrea will speak with Michael Silverblatt of the nationally syndicated radio show Bookworm (Nov. 20) as part of the Lannan Foundation’s literary speaker series.
Storyteller Mike Daisey performs his controversial new monologue The Secret War (Nov. 21, 23), which explores the motivations of three who told state secrets: Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, and Daniel Ellsberg.
Historic New Mexican children’s toys are the topic of a free talk at the New Mexico History Museum (Dec. 6) during free-entry hours the first Friday evening of the month.
Carolyn Kastner of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will speak on her recent study of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Nov. 13), and how the Native artist has expanded the definitions of American and Modernist art. Also at the O’Keeffe, underground artist Nan Goldin is the subject of a talk Dec. 4.
On stage and screen