It’s naughty and nice time at the Palace
This weekend, Christmas at the Palace rings in its 26th year, preserving a tradition of holiday music, food, and merriment in tandem with the ongoing celebration of Santa Fe’s municipal anniversary. The event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, serves hot cider and bizcochitos to lure you toward the farolito-lit courtyard entrance at the Palace of the Governors (105 W. Palace Ave.). Once you’ve warmed up a spell, you and the kids can have a chat with Santa Claus about the semantic particulars of “naughty” and “nice.”
At 5:30 p.m. indoors, near the Palace entrance, the Santa Fe Concert Association presents musicians performing works by Bach and Gounod. At 5:30 p.m. outside, Coro de Agua Fría sings traditional carols in Spanish. Next to the Palace courtyard in the New Mexico History Museum — in the space occupied by the Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time archaeological exhibit — youth violists and violinists from the Santa Fe Talent Education Suzuki Music Center perform classical music and holiday favorites from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. From 6:40 to 7:30 p.m. inside the Palace of the Governors, The Eclectics sing a combination of medieval and new carols. Simultaneously, the Schola Cantorum sacred-music ensemble performs in the Santa Fe Found exhibit space.
At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, the Las Posadas procession begins on the Plaza and ends in the Palace courtyard with refreshments and music. These family-friendly events are free and open to the public. Visit www.nmhistorymuseum.org/calendar.php for more information.
Christmas display, Manderfield Parlor, Palace of the Governors, 1967; courtesy Palace of the Governors (NMHM/DCA), Negative No. 49764; below, Christmas murals on the Palace of the Governors, circa 19601970; courtesy Palace of the Governors (NMHM/DCA), Negative No. 49783