Letter From the Secretary
Holiday Greetings from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs!
Anticipation of the winter holidays begins early for many New Mexicans — when our aspens and cottonwoods turn gold, apples are harvested, and the intoxicating aroma of roasting green chile is replaced by fleeting hints of piñon smoke signaling in the holidays. With so many uniquely New Mexican customs and traditions it is no surprise many New Mexicans consider the holiday season the most magical time of the year.
As you make your plans for this festive season, please use our 2016 Museum & Historic Sites Winter Guide. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event or hoping to catch a special film to escape from hectic shopping, the Department of Cultural Affairs has so many exciting options waiting for you. If you find yourself in Santa Fe, enjoy a holiday puppet play and a visit with Santa at the New Mexico Museum of Art, or participate in a truly unique New Mexican tradition during the annual Las Posadas procession at the New Mexico History Museum. In Albuquerque you can watch the holiday film, The Polar Express, on the giant five-story screen of the DynaTheater at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (and kiddos, you can wear your favorite pajamas to this!). Traveling around the state? Make a must stop by Coronado or Jemez Historic Site for a picture perfect opportunity of the historic ruins adorned with hundreds of luminarias, or view the special “nacimiento” (nativity scene) collection at the Taylor-Reynolds-Mesilla Historic Site on Mesilla Plaza near Las Cruces. Our museums and historic sites are sure to have an enjoyable event or exhibition for you to take in during the winter season.
I am also pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, you can now complement this Guide with our new downloadable Cultural Atlas of New Mexico mobile application (app). Few places on earth offer the beauty, rich history, and culture found in New Mexico, and the Department of Cultural Affairs has made it possible to highlight our state’s most treasured cultural points of interest via this exciting app. This app helps travelers find key points of interest near their destination site and along the way. The Cultural Atlas is like having a personal tour guide at your fingertips and will enhance your travel adventures throughout the state. It is available now, and it is free. We encourage you to download the Cultural Atlas app and use it to enjoy the history, culture, beauty and bounty of New Mexico now and during any season of the year.
On behalf of all of us at the Department of Cultural Affairs, may you have a safe, happy, and memorable holiday season.
¡Felicidades y Prospero Año!
Veronica N. Gonzales
New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
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