November always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and appreciate the wonders of the season. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the beauty of the mountains and the many diverse experiences that are available. From celebrating sustainability to the kick off of the holiday season, Santa Fe is filled with fun.  So join me in discovering a few of Santa Fe's best November events.

Recycle Santa Fe

The country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials. This exciting weekend-long event kicks off with Friday night’s famous Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues with an inspiring art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make and take art activities. Every year, this event attracts thousands of art lovers and the eco-conscious holiday gift-giver attracted by the art deals, family friendly art making activities, gallery-worthy exhibits and the perfect gifts.

This event will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. It is located at 201 West Marcy Street.

You'll find dozens of recycled gifts at the Recycle fair. You'll find dozens of recycled gifts at the Recycle fair.


Santa Fe Winter Indian Market

The SWAIA Winter Indian Market is a yearly holiday art show held during Thanksgiving weekend at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. This year the Winter Indian Market includes 150 Native artists, six award-winning artist demonstrators, live performances, a silent auction, a raffle, and a fashion row featuring the work of fabulous Native fashion designers.

Dance groups will also be feautured. The Festival of Trees will be available for purchase through silent auction through the weekend.

The Winter Market takes place on November 28th and 29th.


An artist at the Winter Market displays his technique.

Ski Santa Fe

Did you know you'll find some of the best places to ski in the Southwest right here in the Santa Fe area. The season typically lasts from late fall through early spring, bringing up to 300 inches of snow a year to some ski resorts and plenty of races, winter festivals and other events.

Ski Santa Fe is located high above what has become one of the top visitor destinations in the nation, the historic and artistic town of Santa Fe, so when you visit for a ski or snowboard trip, be sure to save time for the town. Santa Fe has a wonderful range of terrain, from isolated beginner slopes to lots of cruisers, some long bump runs, great glades and tree runs, and even a few short chutes and small bowls. The out-of-bounds, but legal, Big Tesuque run is a powder hound's delight that ends on a luge-like forested trail leading to the access road. Hitch back up or park a second vehicle at the turn-out. Ski Santa Fe benefits from its 12,075 foot summit, 1,725 foot vertical drop, 77 trails and 225 inches of average annual snowfall. Dining and lodging options abound in the historic capital of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

If you’re a Cross-country skier and snowshoer you can explore some fantastic terrain in the Santa Fe area too, including the Aspen Vista Trail and the Nordic Trail on Hyde Park Road below the Ski Santa Fe ski area, as well as rolling terrain in the Valles Caldera National Preserve, a volcanic caldera in the Jemez Mountains.

The Ski Area is located at the end of New Mexico State Highway 475. 16 miles from the City of Santa Fe in the beautiful Santa Fe National Forest.

The Santa Fe Ski season traditionally begins on Thanksgiving Day (weather permitting).

The Santa Fe Ski season traditionally begins on Thanksgiving Day (weather permitting).


Santa Fe Artists Market

The Santa Fe Artists Market produces outdoor juried art exhibitions at the Railyard and Cathedral Park, two of the most beautiful venues in Santa Fe.

The artists are local, from northern New Mexico, and talented in many artistic mediums. They bring a diverse collection of fine art together in a lovely and festive setting. Come meet the artists, take home a treasure. There are over 100 active juried artists. In November the market continues at the Railyard Park Ramada. Market takes place on Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 p.m.

Over 100 juried artists participate in the Santa Fe Artists Market.

Over 100 juried artists participate in the Santa Fe Artists Market.



Holiday Lights

Every year visitors and locals look forward to the annual Holiday Tree Lighting on the plaza. With a flick of a switch, Santa Fe’s historic plaza will be lit up with thousands of multi colored lights draped through the trees. The holiday festivities begin at 3:00 pm with the tree lighting beginning at 6:00 pm. This event takes place on November 27th.  You won’t want to miss this as this heralds the beginning of the holiday season in Santa Fe! Yes, Santa Claus does make an appearance!


Visitors and locals alike will marvel when the Plaza is lit up!

The Fun Doesn't End...

In early November, Tesuque Pueblo celebrates San Diego Feast Day, a traditional event featuring ceremonial dances and a community feast. In mid-November, the Festival of the Cranes brings avid birders from around the country to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Reserve south of Santa Fe to celebrate the annual return of thousands of sandhill cranes and Canadian snow geese to their winter quarters. Pick up a picnic lunch before leaving town to spend the day bird watching, then return to Santa Fe for an evening of fine food, inspiring performances and a night spent in a world-class resort, hotel or bed and breakfast.

It's easy to catch the holiday spirit in Santa Fe. Any one of these events is a great reason to visit The City Different. If you're curious for even more magical happenings in Santa Fe, you will find our detailed events calendar a good friend. Check out the calendar here. And whether you are ready to visit us this November or want to plan for a trip next year, you won't want to forget to request a free travel guide. I'm sure you'll find just the getaway you're looking for.