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Canyon Road Farolito Walk & Christ­mas Eve in Madrid

The Canyon Road Farolito Walk on Christ­mas Eve is a can­dlelit com­mu­nity party at which you never stand still for long. Car­ol­ing is spon­ta­neous, dogs and ba­bies are be­decked in glow-stick neck­laces, and bis­co­chi­tos are free-flow­ing. Warmly dressed walk­ers ar­rive at dusk to sip hot co­coa and cider. Bon­fires stud the street and the adobe build­ings of Santa Fe’s famed gallery district are fes­tooned with faroli­tos — tea lights set in­side of pa­per bags, weighted by sand, that are a tra­di­tional New Mex­ico Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion. The mood is bois­ter­ous, yet re­spect­ful, as neigh­bors, cousins, and co-work­ers rec­og­nize one an­other in the or­angey glow, call­ing out greet­ings while weav­ing their way along nar­row side­walks and in and out of warmly lit al­ley­ways and court­yards. About 30,000 peo­ple are ex­pected this year — as is win­try weather. Be pre­pared to park some dis­tance away from the start of the walk, which be­gins at the cor­ner of Canyon Road and Paseo de Per­alta.

For those look­ing for a mel­lower but still quin­tes­sen­tial North­ern New Mex­ico ex­pe­ri­ence, the vil­lage of Madrid, lo­cated south of town along State High­way 14, of­fers some quirky charm. This one-time ghost mining town re­vived by artists cel­e­brates Christ­mas Eve with a gen­eral open house all day on Satur­day, Dec. 24, dur­ing which stores and busi­nesses have re­fresh­ments and hol­i­day cheer on hand. In the evening, the col­ored lights come on and the lo­cals gather to lis­ten to live mu­sic at the Mine Shaft Tav­ern. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Canyon Road Farolito Walk, go to www.vis­it­canyon­road.com. To learn about Christ­mas Eve in Madrid, go to www.vis­it­madridnm.com. — Jen­nifer Levin

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