Christmas and New Year’s Eve may be over but Santa Fe’s winter wonderland is still going strong. Just a gaze to the east and you will see the Sangre de Cristo Mountain’s gorgeous snowcap! Here are 6 happenings you’ll want to take advantage of while you visit our historic city this February. See why Condé Nast Traveler chose Santa Fe as one of the 11 Best Places to Travel in February worldwide.

2nd Annual Art + Sol Winter Arts Festival

Art + Sol promo

Winter in Santa Fe is a magical seasonnot only is the snow light and fluffy, the skies a bluebird blue, and the sun warm, but The City Different’s vibrant world-class performing arts and culture scene ramps up to offer a rich array of events in music, comedy, theater, dance, and education via the 2nd annual Art + Sol Santa Fe Winter Arts Festival, an 11-day celebration (February 9-19) and collaborative effort among prominent arts organizations, including the International Museum of DanceThe Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus, and Performance Santa Fe. Get your tickets, and don't miss the Mardi Gras-themed welcome reception at Bishop's Lodge, where you can mingle with Santa Fe's arts and cultural leaders.


Embrace the Snow

Ski Santa Fe

Winter continues to wear her whites up high at our local “hill” with a base elevation of 10,350 feet and a peak elevation of 12,075 feet! Just 16 miles from downtown, Ski Santa Fe offers some of the finest ski slopes in the Southwest, and some of the fluffiest snow. AND some of the most expansive vistas, plus terrain for every skill level with 86 trails. The rental shop is well equipped, as is the onsite retail shop. Choose from two eateries with outdoor decks for soaking in the rays while refueling with delicious regional dishes, BUT if you want to rock out and groove while you eat and regain your energy, try Totemoff's. On weekends, local craft beer makers takeover the taps at the tram car and local musicians play live music for all to hear in the basin. For more ways to enjoy the snow, try one of these five winter adventures.

13th Annual Santa Fe Restaurant Week

Dining at Sazon

The time to dine out in Santa Fe is … always, but with the Valentine’s Day vibe upon us, a refreshing winter chill, and early sunsets, February is the month to go. AND, the 13th annual Santa Restaurant Week makes that culinary adventure all the more possible. From February 19 through 29, dozens of your favorite establishments are excited to welcome diners with delicious, signature, value-priced dinners starting at $30 per person, plus lunches at participating restaurants. For a look at many of our fine culinary destinations in one spot, flip through our Santa Fe Dining Guide.

Celebrate National Margarita Day (2/22/24)

National Margarita Day

Yes, there is a day set aside to pay homage to the tasty cocktail, whose main ingredient—TEQUILA—is distilled from the extracted sugars of the heart of the blue agave plant! Conveniently, The City Different can offer an easy way to celebrate. Taste 50 of the best margaritas in the world along the Santa Fe Margarita Trail at The City Different’s most popular bars and restaurants. Each locale has created an original margarita, steeped in story for the Trail. Track your progress with the paper Passport, available for purchase at any of the four Visitors Centers in Santa Fe or at participating restaurants or by downloading the app today! If you don't happen to be in Santa Fe, but are intrigued, set aside a few minutes to learn about the origins of the starring ingredient and its main squeeze, the margarita, here.

Pick Up a Unique Find at the Mercado

El Museo Winter Market
(Photo courtesy of El Museo de Cultural de Santa Fe)

Come in from the chill to peruse the illustrious winter mercado and its array of Americana, international folk art, vintage Western memorabilia, tribal and global fine art, as well as Native American jewelry and art, vintage and antique American and Western furniture and collectibles, books, textiles, clothing, and works of local artists. Conveniently located at the Railyard, El Museo de Cultural de Santa Fe Winter Market is open on weekends through July 28. 

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