Get a dose of old-fashioned charm at the 27th anniversary of the annual Christmas at the Palace -- a must-do event for a proper, Santa Fe-style holiday. Held in the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors, a National Historic Landmark, the evening is a popular community gathering with Santa, music and more.
Children visit with Santa, families tour the Palace of the Governors' exhibits (including the new Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time), and everyone enjoys hot cider in the courtyard.
The Palace Press will once again give visitors a chance to print their own Christmas cards using a historic, hand-operated letterpress. Farolitos, bonfires and musical performances by local groups complete the evening. Free and open to the public.
The schedule of performances:
4:45-5:15 pm: Native Drumming by Myron Garcia and the Kewa Drum Group beneath the Portal
5:30-6 pm: Epik Artists of the Santa Fe Concert Association; music by Bach and Gounod.
The Epik Trio: Eric Illick and Sarah Rogowski, violins; Shelley Armer, viola. The Epik Chorus: Genevieve Davis, Alex Viszolay, Zoe Unverwerth, Faye Mathey, Sarah Luiz; Ezra Scholnick, violin; Shelley Armer, viola; Logan Luiz and Eric Illick, soloists.
5:30-6:30 pm: Coro de Agua Fria. Traditional Christmas carols in Spanish in the Palace Courtyard
5:30-6:30 pm: Santa Fe Talent Education Suzuki Music Center. Classical and Christmas music by youth violinists and violists.
Uttam Khalsa, Auleeyah Archuleta, Bacilio Benelalija, Naya Anllo-Valdo, Madelyn Kingston, Sarah Sze, Julia Baca, Lila Baca, Ellie Bobchak. Margaret Carpenter, teacher.
6:40-7:30 pm: The Eclectics. A cappella carols, medieval to modern
Meg Acton, Laura Cowan and Scott Geister
6:40-7:30 pm: Schola Cantorum. Santa Fe’s sacred music ensemble
The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this event. Enter through the Palace at 105 W. Palace Ave. The History Museum will remain closed during the event.
Download photos from the 2009 Christmas at the Palace event by clicking on "Go to related images" below.