10th Annual Circus Luminous
Wise Fool New Mexico—Santa Fe’s homegrown, world-class circus, puppetry and teaching troupe—returns with the 10th iteration of one of its most breathtaking offerings: Circus Luminous. Much more than just an acrobatic performance, the event also features music and dance, drawing on the homegrown talent Wise Fool constantly fosters. It’s common for this show—a Thanksgiving tradition for many local families—to sell out, so hurry up and get your tickets now! This year, the performance’s three-day run culminates in Wise Fool’s pricey but inspiring “Luminous Feast” fundraiser at Taberna La Boca.
7 pm Friday, Nov. 23; 2 pm Saturday, Nov. 24; 4 pm Sunday, Nov. 25. $10-$30. The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco St., 988-7050
Canyon Road Farolito Walk
Canyon Road is magical, sure—but when you see it decorated to the eaves with holiday lights and farolitos, music and the scent of woodsmoke in the air, it takes on a whole new identity. Santa Fe’s premier holiday event is free and open to the public, and it’s a wonderfully unique way to spend Christmas Eve. Executive board member Mary Bonney tells SFR that this year’s event will feature more live music, as well as treasured favorites like the world’s tallest elf. (Yes, you read that right.) Bonney estimates that more galleries will also be open this year, with many thousands of people in attendance to share in the holiday spirit. “It’s not as big as Mardi Gras—and not as drunk,” Bonney jokes—which is just about perfect for Santa Fe.
3:30-7:30 pm Monday, Dec. 24. Free. Canyon Road. Visit farolitowalk.com for more information.
40th Annual Chama Ski Classic and Winter Fiesta
Every year, the tiny town of Chama throws a giant party over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend—for kids and adults, skiers and snowshoers, spectators and participants. Ski and snowshoe races range from 15 to five kilometers in length and are held throughout the weekend, but you don’t have to be that hardcore to have fun at this all-ages event. There’s also a costume contest, a “chile/chili” competition, live music, broom hockey, various guided tours and a host of clinics (ranging from avalanche rescue to ski waxing). Can you think of a better way to celebrate MLK’s inclusive dream in a New Mexico winter wonderland?
Friday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Jan. 21. Times and locations vary. Visit chamaski.com for more information.
2nd Annual Winter Fiesta
If you live in Santa Fe, you probably consider winter a time of hibernation. Either you wholly embrace your right to curl up next to the woodstove with that 900-page novel you’ve been meaning to read, or you want to go out, but have given up because everybody else is at home, curled up with a 900-page novel. Sigh no more, young hipsters! SantaFe.com’s second annual Winter Fiesta brings you 10 whole days of food, music and events to brighten up those dark winter evenings. From the famous BluCrawl bar crawl to comedy events, ski movies, reggae, salsa, live music and a “craft beer and comfort food” festival, you’ll have more to do than you can handle. So, get all the book-reading, home-staying, hot-toddy-sipping hibernation out of your system now, because you won’t want to miss this fun, wide-ranging event.
Jan. 27-Feb. 5. Times and locations vary. Visit santafe.com for more information.
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