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Farolitos and Fa La La

Farolitos and Fa La La

December 02, 2019

Santa Fe truly lights up during the longest nights of the year. The tradition for holiday luminescence has deep historical roots. In the 1800s, small bonfires were lit around town to guide residents and visitors to Christmas Mass in Santa Fe. Later, during the nine nights before Christmas, small children would carry lanterns to reenact the biblical journey through Bethlehem.

Today, small bonfires can still be found along Canyon Road during this festive time of year. Known as “luminarias” in Albuquerque and “farolitos” here in Santa Fe, the historical bonfires have become decorative paper lanterns that are ubiquitous during the holidays.

If you’ll be in town on Christmas Eve, the famed Canyon Road Farolito Walk takes place from 5 to 9 pm. Many restaurants and galleries will be open serving hot cider or specialty feasts, and you can follow the horn quintets and carolers on their annual stroll.

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