Programs & Services

Calendar

 

Santa Fe Museum Exhibits:

New Mexico History Museum

  • Through December 31, 2016: Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities;
  • Through March 5, 2017: Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico;
  • Through October 7, 2017: Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar.

New Mexico Museum of Art

  • Through December 30, 2016: The Life and Art of Innovative Native American Artist and Designer Lloyd Kiva New;
  • Through March 12, 2017: Small Wonders;
  • Through March 26, 2017: Alcoves 16/17 — highlights five artists working in NM today.

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

  • Through May 7, 2017: Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time;
  • Through October 22, 2017: Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art.

Museum of International Folk Art

  • Through January 1, 2017: The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top;
  • Through March 19, 2017: Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia;
  • Through September 10, 2017: Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico.

Ongoing

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

A Great American Artist.

A Great American Story

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The Museum presents a series of galleries organized by theme to offer a deeper understanding of O’Keeffe’s art, life, and times. Explore a remarkable American story through O’Keeffe’s art, art materials, and personal possessions, along with photographs and documents from her life. Opening November 4, an installation of early work done by O’Keeffe while at the University of Virginia from 1913 to 1915, where she was introduced to the imaginative process of making art that was grounded in personal expression and harmonious design. In addition, glimpse the spectacular views from O’Keeffe’s home at Ghost Ranch with a presentation of time-lapse photography of the grandeur of the landscape that surrounded her. Open 7 days (Fridays until 7 p.m.). Admission $12, NM Resident $8. 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, 505-946-1098, okeeffemuseum.org

Saturdays, 1–2 p.m.

Visual Art Museum Tours

National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Museum Tours every Saturday afternoon starting at 1 p.m. Each tour will be different depending on the exhibit and theme. Free with NHCC Museum admission, 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, nhcc.org.

Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 6–9:30 p.m.

Party in the Fireroom

Pueblo Harvest Café

The Pueblo Harvest Café hosts live music every Friday and Saturday evening in its cozy Southwestern fireroom. While you listen (and dance!), enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza baked fresh in our horno oven, handcrafted signature cocktails, craft beer from award-winning local breweries, and a creative menu of appetizers from our acclaimed culinary team. $10 cover charge. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org

Through Sunday, December 18, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

37th Annual Native American Student Art Show

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The future of Native culture lies with children, which is why the IPCC founded this special annual exhibition to encourage Native youth to learn an art and develop their own creativity. This year’s theme is “Gifts of the Creator,” a reminder to us as Pueblo people to respect and show thankfulness for our culture and traditions, all living things, our families, and our communities. Free. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org

Through December 31, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Atomic STEaM Photography Show

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

The special temporary exhibition, “Atomic STEaM Photography Show” features individuals from all over the world sharing their photographic talent and eye for everything that is science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEaM), and a select number of photographs were chosen through a juried competition to be displayed at this nationally accredited, Smithsonian affiliated Museum. This special exhibition is included in the price of regular admission to the Museum. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 505-245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org

Through January 15, Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Folktales of Las Vegas: Traditions, Legends & Myths

Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection

Familiar oral histories and traditions in Northern New Mexico — stories passed down generations, like La Llorona and the Las Posadas Christmas tradition. Admission Free. Donations accepted. 727 Grand Ave, Las Vegas, 505-426-3205.

NOVEMBER

Thursday, November 24, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Feast

Pueblo Harvest Café

Thanksgiving is a day to gather the community for a hearty feast, and the Pueblo Harvest Café is happy to serve as host. Help yourself to a buffet of breakfast dishes like Red Chile Buttermilk Biscuits and Green Chile Gravy, then stay for autumnal salads, sides of Oven Bread Stuffing and Sweet Potato Mash, and an array of entrées hot off the carving station. Save room for favorites like Pueblo Pie and Wojapi Berry Crisp! For reservations call 505-724-3510. $49.95 per person. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, puebloharvestcafe.com

Friday, Friday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.

Stuffing Strut

Cerrillos Hills State Park

Work off that stuffing with a ranger-guided post-holiday hike on the trails of Cerrillos Hills State Park. $5 exact change cash or check per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks pass. Meet in the main parking lot, ½ mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59. 505-474-0196

Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Winter Spanish Market 2016

Spanish Colonial Arts Society

Traditional and innovative Spanish Colonial art, featuring over 100 artists (adult and youth), music, food and more. Now in its third year in Albuquerque, this two-day event allows the public to interact personally with extraordinary artists, view their work, and observe demonstrations of 400 years of Hispanic culture. Each piece is handmade and becomes more meaningful when you get to know the tradition behind it, making it a more special purchase to add to a collection or give as a gift. Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, 505-982-2226, spanishcolonal.org

Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26,
Fri. 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Calico Christmas Craft Fair

Pecos River Village Conference Center

More than 50 vendors offering only handmade items. Free admission. 711 Muscatel Avenue, Carlsbad, 575-887-6516

Friday–Sunday, November 25, 26, 27, Fri. & Sat.
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Holiday Show

17th Annual Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

Set indoors at the historic EXPO New Mexico Fairgrounds, the Rio Grande Holiday Show is a popular tradition for the city as well as the artist community; featuring the original, handmade work of 185 juried artists and craftsmen over the busiest shopping weekend of the year! Brisk sales for artists as well as solid reputation for the promoters have kept this show ranked in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Shows’ in the nation for the past 9 years! Lujan Exhibit Complex, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, 505-292-7457, riograndefestivals.com

Saturday, November 26, 2 p.m.–9 p.m. (7 p.m. Grand Illumination & Light Parade)

Arts & Crafts, Food & Electric Light Parade

Carlsbad Main Street

One-stop shopping with local merchants starts at 2 p.m., all downtown merchants will be open. Other locally owned businesses will be represented under a canopy showcasing their products. Shop, stroll, eat, and be entertained at the “Grand Illumination” at the Halagueno Arts Park, then stick around for the annual Electric Light Parade. This year’s theme is “Downtown Christmas with a Silver Flare” celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Christmas on the Pecos. Parade starts at Alameda and Mermod and ends at the beach band shell. Free. 575-361-3276 or carlsbadmainstreet@gmail.com

Saturday & Sunday, November 26 & 27, Noon

Native Dances

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Laguna Corn Dancers (Laguna Pueblo)

Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270,

indianpueblo.org/events

Nightly November 26 –December 31, 5–9 p.m.

Bugg Lights

Belen Harvey House Museum

Charming, popular, elaborate Christmas light display relocated from Albuquerque. Museum Hours: Tuesday–Friday, Noon–5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Donations Appreciated. 104 N. First Street, Belen, 505-966-2614

Nightly November 26–December 31 (except Christmas Eve) 5 p.m.–10 p.m.

Pontoon Boat Rides

Christmas on the Pecos

Scenic cruise of 100 riverfront homes decorated for the holidays. The last boat leaves at 9:15 p.m. Purchase tickets ahead (Sunday–Thursday Adults $15, children (5–12) $10; Friday & Saturday, Adults $10, children (5–12) $15). 575-628-0952. christmasonthepecos.com

Saturdays, November 26–December 17, 5–6 p.m.

Stories by the Fireside

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Let your kids experience the age-old tradition of hearing stories while gathered in a cozy circle around the fire. Every Saturday a storyteller will weave a different Pueblo tale, after which the IPCC education team will guide the little ones in an art activity that relates to the story. The Pueblo Harvest Café will offer hot chocolate for sale throughout. Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/centerevent

DECEMBER

Friday, December 2, 9–11 a.m.

Launch Pad Lecture Topic: The Women Behind the Men: Mercury, Gemini & Apollo

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Speaker: Museum Curator Sue Taylor

The Launch Pad Lecture Series is held on the first Friday of each month on the first floor of the Museum and is free to attend. Museum staff, and sometimes special guest speakers, discuss topics ranging from space history to space future. Free to the public. Coffee and donuts provided. Open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 3198 NM 2001 Alamogordo, 575-437-2840, nmspacemuseum.org

Friday, December 2, 5–8 p.m.

Pueblo Shop & Stroll: A Fireside Tradition

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Holiday joy and festivities come to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center with our annual Pueblo Shop & Stroll. Shop a bazaar featuring Native artists selling handcrafted clay ornaments, nativity sets, jewelry, art, and gifts. Meanwhile, kids will have fun with holiday arts and crafts. At day’s end enjoy a special nighttime Native dance while sipping hot cocoa beside the bonfire or strolling among hundreds of luminarias. Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/centerevent

Friday, December 2, 5–9 p.m.

Old Town Holiday Stroll

Historic Old Town Albuquerque

Kick off the holiday season under the lights in Historic Old Town. Enjoy a New Mexican Christmas by eating tamales and biscochitos, and enjoy the view of Historic Old Town immersed in farolitos. Grab some hot chocolate and watch the time-honored lighting of the giant Christmas tree, a spectacle made of over 150 different trees, at this magical Albuquerque event. Live entertainment will fill the streets on 15 stages and add to the festivities. The Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, and Explora! will join in the evening with free admission and activities. Call 311 or visit CultureABQ.com.

Friday–Sunday, December 2–4, sundown

Winterfest Los Alamos

Los Alamos Mainstreet

Family-oriented holiday event including ballet, art shows, book signings, the Children’s Bazaar, and Breakfast with Santa, The Fuller Lodge Open House and Luminaria Walk, Holiday Lights Parade, and Tree Lighting at Ashley Pond. Los Alamos, 505-661-4844, losalamosmainstreet.com/events

Saturday, December 3, January 7, February 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Vamos al Museo!

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Domenici Education Building

Fun, engaging docent- and artist-led children and family program the first Saturday morning of every month. Families get a 30-minute museum tour focused on an art form, source inspiration, artist, or type of material. Following the tour, the whole family can create their own artwork in the Pete V. Domenici Education Building Messy Classroom. Call 505-246-2261 to pre-register or go online. Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies. 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, nhcc.org.

Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Holiday Bells

Living Desert Zoo & Garden State Park

Beautiful holiday music performed on hand bells by The Touch of Joy Ringers. A great way to start the holiday. No Fee. Skyline Road, Carlsbad, 575-887-5516, nmparks.com

Saturday, December 3, 2– 9 p.m.

Turning Back the Sun

Leasburg Dam

Annual Winter Solstice celebration, with daytime solar observations and activities along with Pueblo Indian dancing and bread baking in a traditional horno/oven. Followed by traditional Winter/Coyote Stories from Navajo, Pueblo, Apache, and Blackfeet tribes around a warm campfire. Afterwards, an evening of stargazing and night sky observation using various telescopes. Park Rangers and volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces assist the public and field questions about winter night stars, planets and constellations. Regular Entrance Fee Free with paid camping or day use fees. 12712 State Park Road, Radium Springs. 575-524-4069, nmparks.com.

Saturday, December 3, 2 p.m.

The Way of the Drum

Cerrillos Hills State Park

Guest presenter Arnold Herrera will demonstrate steps in constructing the famous Cochiti drum and talk about tribal political structures, language, ceremony, clans and moiety membership, roles of men, women and children, and modern Pueblo social problems. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs, this program is made possible by the generous support of The Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park. Donations welcome. Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center, 37 Main Street, Cerrillos. 505-474-0196. Approximately 16 miles south of Santa Fe and 3 miles north of Madrid via NM 14. Take County Road 57 west into Cerrillos village. See map at emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/images.

Saturday, December 3, Parade begins at 5:15 p.m.

Twinkle Light Parade

Albuquerque’s Nob Hill

Marvel at more than 80 twinkling holiday entries in the Twinkle Light Parade. The holiday tradition will dazzle a mile of Historic Nob Hill from Washington Blvd. west to Girard Blvd. on Central Ave. Albuquerque. Call 311 or visit CultureABQ.com.

Saturday, December 3, sundown (5:30–6 p.m.)

Christmas Carols Come to Life

Las Vegas Electric Light Parade

Parade begins at 5th St. and Friedman, proceeds on 6th St., west on Douglas Ave., north on 12th St, west on Bridge St, ending around Plaza Park. 505-426-3277,

visitlasvegasnm.com

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Young Native Artists

Holiday Show and Sale

Palace of the Governors

Shop for gifts on the portal on the north side of Historic Santa Fe Plaza, as young Native artists sell their

wares. 105 W. Palace Ave. Santa Fe, 505-476-5100, nmhistorymuseum.org

Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, Noon

Native Dances

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers (Apache)

Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/events

Saturday, December 3, 12–6 p.m.

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival

Pecos River Village Conference Center

Several New Mexico wineries offering and tasting and purchase. Purchase tickets online, 711 Muscatel Avenue, Carlsbad, 575-887-6516, carlsbadwinterwine.com

Sunday, December 4, 1–4 p.m.

Winter Traditions

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

A special community holiday celebration featuring Native American storytelling, dance performance, and hands-on activities. 710 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill, Santa Fe, 505-476-1269, indianartsandculture.org.

Sunday, December 4, 5–8 p.m.

Lights of Kuaua

Coronado Historic Site

Enjoy a traditional holiday celebration with luminarias and a performance by the Zia Slam Dancers. Site is off NM 550 just west of the river, Bernalillo, 505-867-5351,

nmhistoricsites.org

Daily, December 5–January 2, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

8th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

The annual Pueblo Gingerbread House is a unique, favorite holiday tradition at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Children and adults are invited to enter a gingerbread house inspired by a Pueblo village, house, community, church, or historic building, with prizes awarded in children’s and adult categories. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/centerevents

Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m.

Stories of Holidays Past

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

The museum’s annual December living history event will offer visitors a retrospective view of New Mexico history during the holiday season. The audience will enjoy several different holiday vignettes in the museum’s theater with characters from various time periods in our state’s history. Admission is $2. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces. 575-522-4100. nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

Friday, December 9, 5:30–8 p.m.

Christmas at the Palace

Palace of the Governors

Brings the community together for an evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, piñatas, craft-making activities, a chance to operate an antique printing press and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus inside the Palace. 105 W. Palace Ave. Santa Fe, 505-476-5100, nmhistorymuseum.org

Tuesday–Saturday, December 9–April 30, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Phantoms of a Rail Town: The Chinese immigrant experience in Las Vegas, NM c. 1882

Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection

Explores the lives of the Chinese community in Las Vegas, NM, during its time as a major rail city. This expanded media exhibit also tells the story of the Yee Shun murder, the unfortunate events of which led to an important milestone towards legal equality for all Chinese Americans. Admission Free. Donations accepted. 727 Grand Ave, Las Vegas, 505-426-3205.

Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m.

Winter Hike

Cerrillos Hills State Park

Mild daytime temperatures and soft light make it the perfect time to explore the park on this guided hike. $5 exact change cash or check per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks Pass. Meet in the main parking lot, ½ mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59. 505-474-0196

Saturday. December 10, 12–2 p.m.

Poetry in Metal with Liz Wallace, Shumakolowa Native Arts

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Liz Wallace (Maidu, Washoe, Navajo) has worked with her hands since she was just three years old, and has developed her art in the decades since by studying blacksmithing, enameling, advanced stone setting techniques, and historical jewelry from around the world. Her jewelry depicts elegant natural elements in precious stones and metals. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artist, learn about her work, and shop her collections in person. Free. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270,

indianpueblo.org/centerevent

Saturday, December 10, 1–3 p.m.

Holiday with the Animals

Living Desert Zoo & Garden State park

Children make holiday cards and treats for their favorite Living Desert animals. No fee for the Visitors Center activities, regular admission fees apply at zoo. Skyline Road, Carlsbad, 575-887-5516, nmparks.com

Saturday, December 10, 5–6:30 p.m.

Luminarias Night

Rockhound State Park

Enjoy the warm glow of a thousand luminarias lighting the Visitors Center, native garden, and labyrinth, with traditional holiday cookies and hot cider. Regular entrance fee $5.

9880 Stirrup Road SE, Deming, 575-546-6182. Off I-10 take NM 11 South 5 miles then East on NM 141 Rockhound Road.

Saturday, December 10, 5–9 p.m.

Light Among the Ruins

Jemez Historic Site

Be transported to a simpler time during this transcendent event. Hundreds of farolitos decorate the ruin of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission, the program includes Native American flute music, Jemez Pueblo dancers, bonfires, and free horse-drawn wagon rides from Jemez Springs Park to the historic site, and holiday refreshments. 18160 Highway 4, Jemez Springs, 575-829-3530, nmhistoricsites.org/jemez

Saturday, December 10, 10:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m.

4th Annual Santa’s Village

Santa Fe Railyard

Activities include games, crafts, ornament- making, interactive displays, mini-train rides, and of course, pictures with Santa. There will be extra trains both northbound and southbound. nmrailrunner.com

Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Young Native Artists Holiday Show and Sale

Palace of the Governors

Shop for gifts on the portal on the North side of Historic Santa Fe Plaza, as young Native artists sell their wares. 105 W. Palace Ave. Santa Fe, 505-476-5100, nmhistorymuseum.org

Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11, Noon

Native Dances

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Oak Canyon Dancers (Jemez Pueblo)

Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/events

Sunday, December 11, 5:30–7 p.m.

Las Posadas

Santa Fe Plaza/Palace of the Governors

Join the cherished traditional candle-lit procession of Las Posadas, which recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a birthplace for the Baby Jesus, followed by caroling in the Palace courtyard. 105 W. Palace Ave. Santa Fe, 505-476-5100, nmhistorymuseum.org.

Sunday, December 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Native Hairstyles, Historic and Contemporary

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Back by popular demand, this expanded program includes demonstrations of traditional hairstyles from the Pueblos of: Jemez, Santa Clara, San Felipe, Santo Domingo, Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Isleta; as well as Hopi, Navajo, and Pawnee styles. At 2 p.m., demonstrators discuss their process and answer questions in the MIAC Theater. Free with museum admission. 710 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill, Santa Fe, 505-476-1269, indianartsandculture.org.

Tuesday, December 13, 6–8 p.m.

Pueblo Book Club — Lewis Tewanima: Born to Run and Super Indian Volumes One & Two

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Celebrate Native heroes with fellow readers at this month’s book club as we discuss several short books at once. We’ll start with the true story of Hopi runner Lewis Tewanima, who won a medal in the 1912 Olympics. Then we’ll explore the fun of fiction with Arigon Starr’s comic books about Hubert Logan, an ordinary Reservation boy who gained superpowers when he ate commodity cheese infused with a secret government food enrichment additive. Free. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/centerevent

Wednesday, December 14, 6–9 p.m.

Festive Winter Pairing Dinner

Pueblo Harvest Café

Celebrate the holiday season with the chefs of the Pueblo Harvest Café as they serve up wintry dishes inspired by northern cuisines. The flavors of Scandinavia pair with a series of pre-selected drinks to ensure you stay toasty in our fireroom throughout our multicourse dinner. For reservations call: 505-742-3510. $75 per person. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, puebloharvestcafe.com/events

Nightly, December 16–January 1, 5–8 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 & 25)

Glow — A Winter Lights Event in the Garden

Santa Fe Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden’s annual holiday winter lights exhibit. The garden is artfully illuminated and features live entertainment nightly, Santa (through December 23rd), festive beverages and hands-on children’s activities. Create a special holiday tradition for your family and friends! Museum Hill, 715 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, 505-471-9103, santafebotanicalgarden.org

Thursday–Sunday, December 16–18, 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque Presents The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque Journal Theatre

Festival Ballet Albuquerque presents beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment. Set in the late 1800s in territorial New Mexico, with many surprises, beautiful sets, lavish western Victorian-era costume, and never-before-seen pyrotechnics in the Battle light up the stage in this all-new production. Tickets: $14, $20, $29, $38, $47 w/ $2 off for seniors/children, 1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, nhcc.org.

Saturday, December 17, Noon

Native Dances

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Dinetah Dancers (Navajo)

Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/events

Saturday, December 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Garrison Day

Fort Stanton Historic Site

Experience life in the 1850s at this old Civil War fort. Hwy 220, four miles southeast of Capitan, 10 miles west of Lincoln. Free. Donations appreciated. 575-354-2250, nmhistoricsites.org

Saturday, December 17, 5–8:30 p.m.

Christmas on the Chicorica

Sugarite Canyon State Park Visitor Center

Stroll along Chicorica Creek on a path lit by 1,500 luminarias. Listen to carols, visit with Santa, and peek through the park telescope while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies near a wood-burning stove. One of the best holiday events in Northern New Mexico. Regular Park Entrance Fee, 211 Highway 526, Raton, 575-445-5607

Sunday, December 18, 1–3 p.m.

A View into the Collection

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Enjoy an exclusive look inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s vault and see works of art and artifacts rarely seen by the public. A View into the Collection is offered quarterly and will be led by an expert in Pueblo art. Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/centerevent

Sunday, December 18, 1-4 p.m.

Holiday Open House

New Mexico Museum of Art

The New Mexico Museum of Art hosts its annual Holiday Open House featuring a performance of the beloved Gustave Bauman Marionettes. Follow the exploits of the magical Juan and Rosina and Miguelito the burro to help find Freckles, the twin brother of Warts, and the tale of New Mexico’s cultural heritage buried in the stories. 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe, 505-476-5072, nmartmuseum.org

Daily, December 19–23 & 27–30, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

“Science is Everywhere”

Winter Day Camp

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

At Winter Day Camps for students, ages 6–12, during this year’s holiday break, young scientists will experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions that include “Rockets in Motion,” “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” “Myths & Monsters,” and more! Online registration is required, pricing available online, members receive discounted pricing. 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 505-245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

Saturday, December 24, Noon

Native Dances

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Fontenelle Family Dancers (Zuni, Omaha, Cheyenne)

Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/events

Saturday, December 24, sundown

Farolito Walk

Santa Fe Plaza

Beloved Christmas Eve tradition where thousands of small, sand-filled paper bags illuminated with votive candles line the historic neighborhood streets and adobe walks. farolitowalk.com

Saturday, December 24, sundown

Christmas Eve Walk

Santa Fe Canyon Road

Gather at Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road and enjoy a stroll among the farolitos with holiday caroling. 505-955-6200, santafe.org

Saturday, December 24, sundown

Christmas Carols and Luminarias

Old Mesilla Plaza

A treasured holiday tradition featuring luminarias

and caroling on Old Mesilla Plaza near Las Cruces. 575-571-3890, oldmesilla.org

Saturday, December, 24, sundown

Luminarias in Lincoln

Lincoln Historic Site

Gather at the Community Church for this Christmas Eve tradition. From U.S.70 between Roswell and Ruidoso take U.S.380 west. It is 10 miles to Lincoln. 575-653-4025, nmhistoricsites.org

Thursday, December 29, 1–4 p.m.

Holiday Family Program

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Enjoy making holiday-themed crafts with your family. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson Street, and at the Museum Education Annex, 123 Grant Avenue. 505-946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org

Saturday, December 31, 9 a.m.

Warehouse 1402; Behind the Scenes Tour

New Mexico Museum of Space History

The Warehouse 1402 quarterly tour is free to the public and starts at 9 a.m. at the main museum building. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. Open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 3198 NM 2001 Alamogordo, 575-437-2840, nmspacemuseum.org

Saturday, December 31, Noon

Native Dances

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Fontenelle Family Dancers (Zuni, Omaha, Cheyenne)

Free with museum admission. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/events

Saturday, December 31, 5 p.m.–1 a.m.

New Year’s Eve

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Ring in the New Year with a night of delicious cuisine, live music, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. From 5 to 10 p.m. the Pueblo Harvest Café will offer a special one-night dinner menu; after you’ve dined, head over to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ballrooms to dance the night away. A tapas menu, full bar, and party favors will keep the celebration going until the countdown and champagne toast at midnight. For dinner reservations call 505-742-3510. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, 505-843-7270, indianpueblo.org/centerevent

Saturday, December 31, 9 p.m.–Midnight

New Year’s Eve on Civic Plaza

Albuquerque Civic Plaza

Ring in 2017 with the City of Albuquerque on Civic Plaza! This free event is the place to be for the final seconds of 2016 as we welcome the beginning of 2017 — a year full of hopes, challenges, changes, and dreams. Join us for family-friendly fun and enjoy entertainment, food trucks and free kids’ activities. Countdown in a true Albuquerque fashion and toast to the New Year with a glass of champagne! Call 311 or visit CultureABQ.com.

 

January

Sunday, January 1, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

First Day Hike

Sugarite Canyon State Park

Start 2017 with an uplifting, calorie-burning, two-mile nature walk along Lake Maloya. Bring water, hiking shoes and warm clothes, and meet at the main boat ramp at Lake Maloya. Fees: Free — part of First Day Hikes, 211 Highway 526, Raton, 575-445-5607

Sunday, January 1, 1–2 p.m.

2017 Polar Bear Plunge

Sugarite Canyon State Park

Polar Bear Plunge into frozen Lake Maloya, sponsored by Raton Parks and Recreation Department. Weather permitting. Regular entrance fee, 211 Highway 526, Raton, 575-445-5607

Friday, January 6, 9–11 a.m.

Launch Pad Lecture Topic: Some Gave All: The Apollo 1 Incident

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Speaker: Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll

Launch Pad Lecture — The Launch Pad Lecture Series is held on the first Friday of each month on the first floor of the Museum and is free to attend. Museum staff, and sometimes special guest speakers, discuss topics ranging from space history to space future. Free to the public. Coffee and donuts provided. Open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 3198 NM 2001 Alamogordo, 575-437-2840, nmspacemuseum.org

Sunday, January 15, 2-4 p.m.

GranMary’s Place

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Storytelling program that celebrates the memory of docent Mary Sudbrink, who loved life, children, and storytelling at the Museum. Free admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID. 710 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill, Santa Fe, 505-476-1269, indianartsandculture.org.

Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

“Science is Everywhere” Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Camp

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

The “Science is Everywhere” One-Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Camp for students 6–12 years. Students will enjoy their one-day break from school by experiencing the wonders of science through experiments and fun adventures. Online registration is required, pricing available online, members receive discounted pricing. 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 505-245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

Sunday, January 29, 12–4 p.m.

Antique Treasures Show

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

This is the only day each year that guided tours are given to our collections room, where more than 10,000 artifacts are stored in a climate-controlled environment. Visitors get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s collections and preservation program, and are welcome to bring their treasures to have them evaluated. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children 4 to 17. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces. 575-522-4100. nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

February

Friday, February 3, 9–11 a.m.

Launch Pad Lecture Topic: Around the World Times Three: The Flight of Friendship 7

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Speaker: Museum Educator Mike Shinabery

Launch Pad Lecture — The Launch Pad Lecture Series is held on the first Friday of each month on the first floor of the Museum and is free to attend. Museum staff, and sometimes special guest speakers, discuss topics ranging from space history to space future. Free to the public. Coffee and donuts provided. Open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 3198 NM 2001 Alamogordo, 575-437-2840, nmspacemuseum.org

February 4–October, 1, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Critical Assembly, the Super Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: The Sculpture of Jim Sanborn

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Step back in time to a pivotal point in history, and experience pure science through pure art. Explore and study the recreations of the super secrets from the Manhattan Project’s atomic bomb in this mesmerizing exhibit. This special exhibition is included in the price of regular admission to the Museum. 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 505. 245.2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

Saturday, February 11, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Discover STEM Day

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Discover STEM Day allows families to experience science, technology, engineering, and math experiments and hands-on activities. Come and enjoy making ice cream using liquid nitrogen, flying on a simulator, launching rockets, and much more! All activities are kid-friendly and completely interactive. This event is included in the price of regular admission to the Museum. 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 505-245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org.

Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Museum Rocks!

Gem & Mineral Show

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

This fourth annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the Museum and features more than 60 vendors from throughout the Southwest. There will be geology discussions and films, as well as children’s activities and food and beverages for sale. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces. 575-522-4100. LCMuseumRocks.com

Sunday, February 19, 2–4 p.m.

GranMary’s Place

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Storytelling program that celebrates the memory of docent Mary Sudbrink, who loved life, children, and storytelling at the Museum. Free admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID. 710 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill, Santa Fe, 505-476-1269, indianartsandculture.org.

Monday & Tuesday, February 20 & 21, all day

“Science is Everywhere”

Presidents’ Day Camp

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

“Science is Everywhere” is a two-Day Presidents’ Day Camp for students 6–12 years. Students will enjoy their one-day break from school by experiencing the wonders of science through experiments and fun adventures. Online registration is required, pricing available online, members receive discounted pricing. 601 Eubank Blvd SE, Albuquerque, 505-245-2137, nuclearmuseum.org. 

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