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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 that are available for you. From dining in our world class restaurants to the festivities on the Plaza to kick off 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 for the senses. A first-class group of extremely talented and well-known Santa Fe chefs are preparing very special Thanksgiving feasts this year surely to satisfy everyone  in your party! Here are a few of our restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day — Santacafe, [blog_link url="http://www.geronimorestaurant.com/" text="Geronimo" date="2016-10-18"], [blog_link url="http://lacasasena.com/" text="La Casa Sena" date="2016-10 18"], Luminaria at the Inn and Spa at Loretto and Agave at [blog_link url="http://www.eldoradohotel.com/" text="Eldorado Hotel" date="2016-10-18"].

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 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.


Ski 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 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 just gets dusted with gorgeous light and dry mountain snow. The Ski Santa Fe season traditionally begins on Thanksgiving day, weather permitting, and runs through early Spring.

A Different Kind Of Circus

A Santa Fe tradition returns again this year! (Courtesy of Wise Fool)

A Santa Fe tradition returns again this year! (Courtesy of Wise Fool)

Santa Fe's favorite Thanksgiving Weekend tradition returns! [blog_link url="http://www.wisefoolnewmexico.org/performance/annual-productions/circus-luminous/" text="Wise Fool New Mexico" date="2016-10-18"] brings its outstanding cast of aerial fabric artists, trapeze, and stilt-walking acrobats, and a wealth of young Wise Fool students to the stage. Circus Luminous will dazzle kids and adults alike. Please check the [blog_link url="http://tickets.ticketssantafe.org/" text="Lensic Performing Arts Center" date="2016-10-18"] calendar for show times and ticket information.

Shopping For That Special Someone?

A Santa Fe tradition returns again this year! (Courtesy of Wise Fool) Looking for authentic native jewelry? You'll find it in Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

If you’re spending Thanksgiving in Santa Fe, don’t forget to bring your [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Pillars/Legendary_Trading_Center/index.html" text="holiday shopping list" date="2016-10-18"] 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” to deck your halls or give to someone special.


If you’re looking for authentic native jewelry, you’ve come to the right place. You can also find beautifully handmade items in our boutiques and trading posts. 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 wonder. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

The official start of the Christmas holiday season begins in Santa Fe the day after Thanksgiving when by a flick of a switch, holiday lights are turned on at the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Enjoy hot chocolate, stroll and sing carols as you immerse yourself in holiday décor and grandeur. Pay a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. There will also be entertainment throughout the evening. The lighting ceremony takes place at 6:30 pm.  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 request a [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Visitors_Guide/index.html" text="free Santa Fe travel guide" date="2016-10-18"] or head to [blog_link url="http://www.santafe.org" text="santafe.org" date="2016-10-18"] for itinerary ideas, calendar listings, and accommodations . We’re sure you’ll find Santa Fe to be your perfect getaway. There are also great [blog_link url="https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Specials/" text="Deals and Specials" date="2016-10-18"] to help you plan your vacation.