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State’s Newest Historic Site Hosts Holiday Night-time Event

November 15th, 2019

(Alcalde, New Mexico) - Experience the magic of northern New Mexico this Holiday season at the Lights of Los Luceros.  The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Los Luceros Historic Site. 

This unique nighttime event allows visitors to stroll the picturesque roads of Los Luceros lit by thousands of glowing farolitos. Entertainment includes Los Matachines de Alcalde and an Indigenous dance group who will perform throughout the evening around aromatic bonfires of piñon. Enjoy live music played on the piano in the Grand Sala of the Hacienda as well as Spanish guitarists and carolers.

As you explore the property you will meet local storytellers who may offer you a dicho, which is a traditional Spanish saying: Él que solo se enoja, solo se contenta. One who gets mad by himself will have to get over it by himself.

The Lights of Los Luceros event has something to offer all audiences. This one-time-a-year opportunity is a wonderland for photographers. Children’s Holiday activities will be available in the River House. Local arts, crafts, and food will be available for purchase at the Visitor Center including warm drinks and biscochitos. 

Admission Prices

$6 - Adult Admission (16 years and older)

$3 - Youth Admission (3 through 15 years old)

Free - Children under 3 years old

Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Los Luceros Historic Site Visitor Center (Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


Matachines de Alcalde

Olivia Romero – Poet

Hispano Guitar Duo

Northern Pueblo Dance Group

Local Pianists​

Our Invited Local Arts and Crafts Vendors include:

Marci Martinez - Fire Forms: Metal artwork and designer comals (Not Your Mamma’s Comal)

Isiah Lopez – Santero

Ramon Trujillo – Tinwork Artist

Molly Hodosko – Upcycled Jewelry

Margaret Sargent – San Ildefonso Pueblo Jewelry

Martha Romero – Nambe Pueblo Pottery

Quita Ortiz – Herbalist from Pojoaque focusing on cultural traditions with a modern edge 


Our food court will feature the tasty dishes of:

Platero Fry Bread & Navajo Tacos

Jen’s Taste of New Mexico


About New Mexico Historic Sites:

New Mexico Historic Sites are a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, through the generous support of donors.

On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, eight sites are open to the public: Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, Lincoln and Los Luceros.

In 2003, the J. Paul Taylor Family bequeathed the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds House and Property on the Mesilla Plaza to the Department of Cultural Affairs. Still serving as J. Paul Taylor’s private home, the property will become a Historic Site after his passing. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions can be accessed at

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