FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2012
After concerns that a reflooring project in the entry of the Palace of the Governors would disrupt our holiday events, workmen put their backs into it and saved the day. Besides showing off its new planks, the Palace will again host Christmas at the Palace, this year for the 28th time, as the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors invites the community to get into the spirit within (and outside of) our walls.
Here’s the complete holiday lineup:
Schola Cantorum and the Monks of Christ in the Desert Monastery, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2—3 pm
Enjoy a performance of sacred music amid the rich acoustics of the History Museum's lobby. Expect to hear the sounds of Advent, the ancient pre-Christmas period with its roots in the seventh century. The event, part of the programming series for Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible and Contemplative Landscape, is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
Christmas at the Palace, Friday, Dec. 7, 5:30—8 pm
The 28th anniversary of this free, family event brings the community together for hot cider, live music, a piñata for the kids, and some quality time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors. Make your own holiday card on the historic Estancia Press. Help ease hunger among Santa Feans by donating nonperishable food items. Performers at this year’s event:
• Coro de Agua Fria
• EPIK Kids of the Santa Fe Concert Association
• High Desert Harps
• Enchanted Strings
Las Posadas, Sunday, Dec. 9, 5:30—7 pm
This annual candle-lit procession travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. Modeled after an old Hispanic tradition that recreates Mary and Joseph's search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus, the museum’s version throws in a few rooftop devils for good measure. Stay for carols in the Palace Courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments. Free and open to the public.
(The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 pm on Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 to prepare for these events.)
Young Native Artists Show and Sale, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, 9:30 am—4 pm
Children and grandchildren of the Palace Portal artisans display their own creations in the museum’s Meem Community Room (enter for free through the Washington Avenue doors). Pick up some nifty Christmas presents and support the next generation of Native American artisans.
While you’re at the Museum, take in Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible and Contemplative Landscape. Featuring both a world-class example of the calligraphed book arts and an ecumenical exploration of how New Mexicans connect to their spirituality, the exhibitions offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season—and after December 30, their doors will be closed.
Holidays at the Palace are made possible in part by the Plaza Restaurant.