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Best Places to Spend Christmas: Taos, NM.    Why Go: This remote village on a high desert plain is especially magical at Christmas, thanks to its rich mix of cultural traditions. Not to miss: historic Ledoux Street all lit up with luminarias (paper lanterns); the ceremonial reenactments of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter, called posadas; and the dramatic American Indian Christmas Eve celebration that takes over the main square in Taos Pueblo. Plus, you can ski all day long on Christmas…

Best Places to Spend Christmas: Taos, NM. Why Go: This remote village on a high desert plain is especially magical at Christmas, thanks to its rich mix of cultural traditions. Not to miss: historic Ledoux Street all lit up with luminarias (paper lanterns); the ceremonial reenactments of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter, called posadas; and the dramatic American Indian Christmas Eve celebration that takes over the main square in Taos Pueblo. Plus, you can ski all day long on Christmas…

Snow Topped Inn Is Decorated for the Winter Holidays in Santa Fe Photographic Print by Ralph Lee Hopkins at AllPosters.com

Snow Topped Inn Is Decorated for the Winter Holidays in Santa Fe

Snow Topped Inn Is Decorated for the Winter Holidays in Santa Fe Photographic Print by Ralph Lee Hopkins at AllPosters.com

Santa Fe in Spanish means “holy faith,” and so it is fitting that Santa Fe is a true Christmas destination. Santa Fe, at Christmas, has all the magic, the lights and the joy that one unfamiliar with New Mexico would look for at a theme park, or commercial Christmas display. But Santa Fe is real. The Christmas celebrations are rooted in faith, history and culture.

Santa Fe in Spanish means “holy faith,” and so it is fitting that Santa Fe is a true Christmas destination. Santa Fe, at Christmas, has all the magic, the lights and the joy that one unfamiliar with New Mexico would look for at a theme park, or commercial Christmas display. But Santa Fe is real. The Christmas celebrations are rooted in faith, history and culture.

Loretto Chapel Staircase, Santa Fe, NM, USA -- Blue Rose Photography, Travel & Leisure magazine online.  Entirely self-supporting, no central column, and wooden pegs rather than nails.  Built by an unknown carpenter who built it, then disappeared without pay.

Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, Lamego, Portugal

Loretto Chapel Staircase, Santa Fe, NM, USA -- Blue Rose Photography, Travel & Leisure magazine online. Entirely self-supporting, no central column, and wooden pegs rather than nails. Built by an unknown carpenter who built it, then disappeared without pay.

Santa Fe's Farolito Walk on Canyon Road.  Once you spend a Christmas in NM...you'll never forget it.

Santa Fe's Farolito Walk on Canyon Road. Once you spend a Christmas in NM...you'll never forget it.

San Miguel  Santa Fe, New Mexico.First built in 1610.  Said to be the oldest church structure built in the continental USA. The original adobe walls and altar were built by the Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico, but much of the structure was rebuilt in 1710. Building has been within the U.S. since 1848, when the New Mexico territory was annexed

San Miguel Santa Fe, New Mexico.First built in 1610. Said to be the oldest church structure built in the continental USA. The original adobe walls and altar were built by the Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico, but much of the structure was rebuilt in 1710. Building has been within the U.S. since 1848, when the New Mexico territory was annexed

Taos Pueblo with luminarias, Christmas. Beautiful southwest décor. Stay at the Adobe & Pines B&B. Historical Taos property. #innforsale

Taos Pueblo with luminarias, Christmas. Beautiful southwest décor. Stay at the Adobe & Pines B&B. Historical Taos property. #innforsale

El Santuario de Chimayo via Visit New Mexico FB - Photo by Iger.  (almost didn't recognize it).  They put the paved sidewalk in since I was there.  There are some wonderful retablos and bultos on the inside.

El Santuario de Chimayo via Visit New Mexico FB - Photo by Iger. (almost didn't recognize it). They put the paved sidewalk in since I was there. There are some wonderful retablos and bultos on the inside.