Five Things To Do During Your Santa Fe Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and be thankful for the wonders of the year. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the scenic beauty of our mountains and the many unique experiences. From dining in our world-class restaurants to the festivities on the Plaza to the kickoff of the holiday season, Santa Fe is filled with fun. Discover what you can do during the Thanksgiving weekend in The City Different. You'll be thankful you did.

Let Our Santa Fe Chefs Do the Cooking

Take a cue from the locals, and let our world-renowned chefs turn your Thanksgiving into an epicurean feast. A first-class group of extremely talented and well-known Santa Fe chefs are preparing very special Thanksgiving feasts to satisfy everyone in your party! Here are a few of our restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day—Santacafe, Sassella, Geronimo, and Dinner for Two.


Ski the Santa Fe Way

(Photo courtesy of Ski Santa Fe)

(Photo courtesy of Ski Santa Fe)

Did you know you’ll find one the best places to ski and snowboard in the Southwest right here in the Santa Fe? The ski basin is located high above The City Different, just 16 miles from the Plaza in the beautiful Santa Fe National Forest.

Weather permitting, Ski Santa Fe opens Thanksgiving day and 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 ski area benefits from its 12,075 foot summit, 1,725 vertical drop, 77 trails, and 225 inches of average annual snowfall. Even when the mountain gets loaded with snow, the City is merely dusted and there's always that gorgeous light shining through. Another reason to be grateful! Ski Santa Fe's season runs through early Spring.


A Different Kind of Soaking

Ojo_Santa_Fe_Couple_SoakingA couple soaking at Ojo Santa Fe Resort Fe

Warm up and relax at one of Santa Fe's award-winning soaking spas. Both Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Spa Resort and Ojo Santa Fe Resort were selected in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards list of "Top Spa Resorts in the United States" this year and have received similarly enthusiastic and well-deserved accolades in previous years. Ojo's sister spa, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Spa Resort, a short and scenic one hour drive north from Santa Fe, is also a splendid option. Reserve the whole day. With all three resorts, you'll have the option of delicious cuisine and all types of relaxing and invigorating treatments. Plan ahead to chill out as these spots are popular. 

Shopping for a Special Someone?

Shopping for the Holidays
Looking for authentic native jewelry? You'll find it in Santa Fe.

If you’re spending Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, don’t forget to bring your appetite for shopping with you. We know that getting through Thanksgiving is a tall order, but you’ll want to begin your search for that elusive holiday “something” here in The City Different.

If you’re in pursuit of for authentic Native jewelry, you’ve come to the right place. You can also find beautifully handmade items in our boutiques and trading posts. Click here for ideas. See for yourself why Sunset Magazine named Santa Fe the #1 Shopping Destination.


Kick Off the Holiday Season in Santa Fe Style

The Santa Fe plaza is transformed into a world of holiday light wonder. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

The Santa Fe plaza is transformed into a world of holiday light and wonder. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

The official start of the Christmas holiday season begins in The City Different the day after Thanksgiving when, by a flick of a switch, holiday lights are turned on at the historic Santa Fe Plaza at the ceremonial hour of 5:30 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate, stroll, and sing carols as you immerse yourself in pleasantly chilly holiday décor and grandeur. Pay a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. There will also be entertainment throughout the evening. Though the Mayor of Santa Fe will be there to usher in the holiday fun, it’s that annual visit from Santa Claus that will create a wee bit more excitement.

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 order your Official Santa Fe Visitors Guide now or browse our deals and specials to help you plan your next trip to Santa Fe.