Celebrate a Southwest tradition as you warm to the glow of over 800 candles beneath the New Mexico night sky.

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Celebrate a Southwest tradition as you warm to the glow of over 800 candles beneath the New Mexico night sky

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December 15 - Las Noches de Las Luminarias

[minti_spacer height="15"][minti_image img="20712"][minti_button link="http://www.nmhistoricsites.org/" target="_blank" color="custom" custom_color="#319b00" size="full"]Learn more[/minti_button]Experience true holiday magic as you enjoy the sight of hundreds of glowing luminarias and the sounds of holiday music under the open skies around the ruins of historic Fort Selden. The tradition of luminarias has long been celebrated in New Mexico, dating back to when the Pueblo Indians lit small fires outside their homes to light their way to church on Christmas Eve. The luminarias, which are paper lanterns made from a candle set in sand within a bag, have replaced the earliest traditions.

Make this old Christmas tradition part of your family’s new tradition. Spend an enchanting evening creating your own decorations, sipping on cocoa, and cozying up to the campfire.

Please dress warmly. All activities are free. Sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

Fort Selden State Monument, north on I-25, exit 19, Radium Springs. 6-9pm. Free. 575-202-1638, 575-526-8911.[minti_spacer][vc_row bg_color="#dd3333" top_padding="25" bottom_padding="25"]

Explore Christmas from around the world displayed in a true historical treasure

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December 16 - Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property Nacimiento Open House with J. Paul Taylor

[minti_spacer height="15"][minti_image img="20710"][minti_button link="http://www.nmhistoricsites.org/" target="_blank" color="custom" custom_color="#319b00" size="full"]Learn more[/minti_button]This important historical home in Old Mesilla embodies history and heritage, making it the perfect backdrop for this fascinating afternoon event. You’ll have the privilege of viewing over 175 nacimientos (nativities) collected from around the world. Whether you know them as nacimientos, creches, or something else, these scenes depicting the nativity in Bethlehem are a joy to behold and a special view into the many cultures of our world.

The Taylor Family have lived in the home for over 60 years in the heart of Mesilla. The home stands as a model for adobe preservation efforts, and as a commitment to Mesilla history. The architecture, design and decor honor cultural traditions and provide a unique look into their lifestyle, values and views on life and art. Join us as they generously open their home and their special holiday collection for viewing.


Taylor family home, 2346 Calle Principal. 1-4pm. Free. 575-202-1638. Newmexicohistoricsites.org


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Christmas in Cruces is in Full Swing

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“The Nutcracker” and Holiday Spectacular takes place December 14-16 at NMSU.

The Artisan Fair on December 15 offers crafts, music, food and fun. And a chance to find that special gift.

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See the Full Christmas In Cruces Events Calendar Here

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