Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Magical Christmas Farolito Walk in Santa Fe

Christmas in Santa Fe is all the more memorable for those who are fortunate enough to stroll up Canyon Road on Christmas Eve for the annual Farolito Walk.  Every year the residents and businesses of the area make thousands upon thousands of farolitos - small brown bags filled with sand and a votive candles - which line the walkways, roofs and walls of historic Canyon Road and neighboring streets. 

The farolitos are lit by hand at dusk, which signals the beginning of this holiday tradition.  Walkers are encouraged to warm themselves by the many luminarios (small bonfires) while singing Christmas carols and visiting with friends and fellow walkers. Some homes and galleries will also be serving warm drinks to passers-by. 

As there are close to 30,000 visitors who participate in this traditional holiday event, I recommend that our guests at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn and The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast choose to stroll in the latter part of the evening, when the crowds have died down.  This is the time when you can enjoy a peaceful hush while walking amongst the flickering farolitos.  It is so very magical, especially when we are blessed with a blanket of snow, making everything that much softer.  It feels like a real fairyland.

Then again, many people actually prefer going at the height of the event, which is a very merry affair.  Should you go at this time of night, be sure to head off the beaten path to some of the smaller streets where the noise will dissipate and you can savor a bit of peace and quiet.  One of our favorite off-the-beaten-track places to go is Plaza Fatima, where you can see a model train set in operation, in amongst the farolitos.

Canyon Road, East Alameda Street, Acequia Madre and all other roads in the area will close to traffic starting at 5:30.  Traffic in the area if very restricted, so you will want to have your car out of the area by 5pm.

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