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New Mexico Traditions

Embrace the warmth of our cultures at our statewide seasonal events!

New Mexico has many holiday traditions, and we invite visitors to experience the magic at museums, historic sites, and our partners across the state. Listed below are events for you to choose from. All are family friendly and celebrate the diverse cultures of our State. 

This year, other divisions of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs are spreading the word about the organizations and events they support. 

New Mexico Arts supports hundreds of arts organizations through its annual granting program. Visit facebook.com/NewMexicoArts for more information on how you can celebrate New Mexico Traditions with New Mexico Arts. 

New Mexico State Library supports public libraries as well as delivers direct library services to rural populations, state agencies, the visually impaired and physically disabled, and students and citizens conducting research. Visit facebook.com/NewMexicoStateLibrary/ for more information on holiday events and activities at a library near you!

  • Apr. 17, 2024
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Let’s Take a Look
    Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

    Let’s Take a Look takes place the third Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. The curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them. They prefer to work with objects from the Southwest but are willing to take a look at anything that is brought in. If they cannot identify an object an attempt will be made to find someone who can. Sometimes, the discussion among the curators may become as much or more informative than the identification of the artifact. 

    The event is always FREE and open to the public, but please note Federal and State regulations prohibit  the monetary appraisal of objects

    Let’s Take a Look takes place the third Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. The curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them. They prefer to work with objects from the Southwest but are willing to take a look at anything that is brought in. If they cannot identify an object an attempt will be made to find someone who can. Sometimes, the discussion among the curators may become as much or more informative than the identification of the artifact. 

    The event is always FREE and open to the public, but please note Federal and State regulations prohibit  the monetary appraisal of objects

    Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
    708-710 Camino Lejo
    Santa Fe, NM 87557
    (505) 476-1250
    http://miaclab.org

  • Dec. 8, 2024

    Las Posadas on the Plaza
    New Mexico History Museum

    Celebrated around the world, Las Posadas recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place of shelter in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. This 48th annual historic Hispanic version is presented by local volunteers and others from several northern New Mexico communities. The candle-lit procession will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Santa Fe Plaza and conclude with carols, and good cheer. The History Museum will close at 3pm to prepare for this free public event. Arrive to the Plaza at 5:00pm for candle preparations.

    Celebrated around the world, Las Posadas recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place of shelter in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. This 48th annual historic Hispanic version is presented by local volunteers and others from several northern New Mexico communities. The candle-lit procession will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the Santa Fe Plaza and conclude with carols, and good cheer.

    The History Museum will close at 3pm to prepare for this free public event.

    Arrive to the Plaza at 5:00pm for candle preparations.

    New Mexico History Museum
    113 Lincoln Avenue
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    (505) 476-5200
    http://nmhistorymuseum.org

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