Christmas Eve

Farolito walk at dusk

One of Santa Fe's most beloved holiday traditions, the Canyon Road Farolito Walk, lights up the hearts and souls of thousands who stroll the iconic road on Christmas Eve. Known for world class galleries, Canyon Road transforms into a work of art itself during this annual celebration that is unique to Santa Fe.

Thousands of farolitos cast a glow on the gardens, courtyards and adobe walls of the century-old buildings that line the road. Farolitos are little lights made out of paper bags, sand, and tea candles. In Spanish, the word farolito translates as "little lantern" and it is the preferred term in Santa Fe for the decorations that are referred to as luminarias elsewhere.

Both spirit and senses will be enriched by the aroma of piñon logs burning in small bonfires and the sounds of street musicians playing traditional holiday songs. The sweet taste of hot chocolate, warm biscochitos, and luminarias along the road take the chill out of the crisp mountain air.

Many businesses are closed on Christmas Eve, however, others remain open for last minute shoppers and offer a place to warm up. Be sure to dress warmly, and bring the whole family to this festive holiday event.

The city of Santa Fe expects 30,000 participants at this year’s Farolito Walk. Neighbors and crowds of visitors are expected to stroll Canyon Road, Acequia Madre and other east-side streets. Many of the streets in the area will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking.