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5 Favorite Taos Holiday Musts

Who’s ready for a little sparkle and shine? ’Tis the season for a festive time in Taos. From torchlight parades to musical performances, fireworks and even the Procession of the Virgin, there’s a veritable feast of holiday activities. So hang up those skis (at least for a few hours) and see what Santa brought the (naughty and) nice boys and girls spending their holiday in Taos.

1. Home for the Holidays:
On Friday, Dec. 16, check out a free family concert featuring musicians Robert Mirabal, Max Gomez, Michael Hearne and Chris Arellano. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium (ask the front desk about securing your tickets). BYO dancing shoes and holiday cheer!

2. Christmas Eve Torchlight Parades:
It’s a bright and shiny Christmas Eve at Taos Ski Valley, as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark of night as flares light their way. It’s a picture-perfect moment.

3. Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo:
After the torchlight parades, head to Taos Pueblo for a one-of-a-kind, magical holiday event. You’ll witness massive bonfires and the Procession of the Virgin, complete with rifle salutes from the rooftops of the 1,000-year-old adobe pueblo buildings.

4. Taos Pueblo Deer or Matachinas Dance:
On Christmas Day at 2 p.m., witness a beautiful tradition at the Taos Pueblo Plaza. Ancient Native American ceremonial dances, honoring the depths of winter, will be danced and drummed by the people of Taos Pueblo. Take note: As these are sacred ceremonies, no cameras, cell phones or video cameras are allowed.

5. New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks:
Another extraordinary display of light, spend your New Year’s Eve viewing skiers, torches in hand, gliding down the famous Taos Ski Valley mountain. Plus, enjoy a kiss while firework displays light the winter sky in celebration of the new year. Hello, 2017!

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