Celebrate a Traditional New Mexico Christmas
New Mexico State Monuments Light the Way
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The state’s monuments
tell a unique story about New Mexico’s history
and culture. In December three illuminate the
season in their distinctive way celebrating the
state’s rich traditions. The first two monuments
are a short drive from Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
CHRISTMAS AT KUAUA
Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo, NM
Sunday, December 4, 5-8:30 p.m.
So close to Albuquerque yet a place rooted in
pre-history, holiday visitors will get into the
spirit with an evening designed for family fun.
Hundreds of flickering luminarias and thousands
of Christmas lights cast their welcoming glow
around the Coronado State Monument. Activities
start at 5:30 p.m. with Santa’s Workshop:
children, assisted by a few kindly elves, will
have an opportunity to make their own Christmas
tree ornament. At 6:30 p.m. the Friends of
Coronado State Monument will sponsor a program
of music, traditional Pueblo dancing, and Native
American storytelling, with free refreshments.
There is no better way to celebrate the season
than a large bonfire to warm chilly hands
(weather permitting), eat biscochitos, and drink
hot apple cider. For more information the public
may call 505-867-5351. Free Admission.
LIGHT AMONG THE RUINS: CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Jemez State Monument, Jemez Springs, NM
Saturday, December 10, 5-9 p.m.
With one of the most beautiful prehistoric and
historic sites in the Southwest as a backdrop,
the ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los
Jémez Mission Church will be decorated with
hundreds of traditional luminarias. The
evening’s program will include traditional
Native American flute music and Jémez Pueblo
dancers’ performance between two illuminating
bonfires, and free refreshments. The village of
Jémez Springs Park holiday festivities are on
the same evening with free horse-drawn wagon
rides available to the Monument. For more
information the public may call 575-829-3530.
Fort Selden State Monument, Radium Springs, NM
Saturday, December 10, 5-9 pm
History buffs will enjoy visiting with soldiers
(living history re-enactors) who set up camp for
this event. Warm cider will be served from their
camp fires and at a chuck wagon other free
refreshments may be had. Listen to stories about
this long abandoned fort. More than camp fires
light up the evening, enjoy the spectacle of one
thousand luminarias. For more information the
public may call 575-526-8911. Free Admission.
More information on the New Mexico State
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