We are staying in Taos for five nights over Christmas and are, like any visitors, keen to experience the best of the region during this special time. Here are our thoughts and questions thus far on the "itinerary";
Dec. 23rd - arrive in Taos and explore the historic plaza.
Dec. 24th - few questions here for Christmas Eve;
- Is it feasible to visit / tour Taos Pueblo in the afternoon on Christmas Eve and therefore be at the pueblo for the 4pm vespers in the church? Are visitors allowed into the vespers? If so, is it on a first-come first-served basis?
- From research, the vespers are at 4pm with the procession at around 5pm - after that time the bonfires are lit and after that (say 6pm) it is pretty much over - is that fairly accurate?
- We definitely DON'T want to miss the pueblo celebration and also don't want to short-change ourselves by leaving too early BUT we'd also really love to do the farolito walk on Canyon Rd. Having read blogs that say after 8pm is a good time to turn up on Canyon Rd as the crowds begin to disperse a little, do you think it is feasible to drive from Taos to Santa Fe in time to also enjoy this Christmas Eve event?
- We are from Australia so unlikely to ever experience this area again at Christmas so trying to make the most out of our limited time!
- We have our 10 & 12 year old daughters with us but they are fine with a late night - do you know what time the farolito walk actually runs until? Does it go until at least 10pm?
- Any parking recommendations in Santa Fe if we're trying to get to the farolito walk at around 8pm when coming from Taos? Should we park somewhere further away (if so, where) and walk?
- If we arrive in SF between 7 and 8pm and need dinner can we grab something quick at a Canyon Rd eatery or what other suggestions could you make?
Dec. 25th - Christmas Day;
- Obviously our focus in the morning will be spending time as a family and opening gifts etc. Later in the day we have a couple of options;
- Lunchtime service at the church in Chimayo then late afternoon tubing at Angel Fire before dinner in Taos or back at our accommodation.
- Alternatively there will be a celebration at Taos Pueblo - can't see any times for that at this stage so I'm not sure how this would fit into our day!
- We don't "have" to go to church on Christmas Day but the Chimayo church does look beautiful and we thought it would be a lovely experience.
- Any thoughts on a Christmas Day itinerary would be welcome, basically keeping the morning free for family time.
Dec. 26th - ski school for the kids at Taos Ski Valley - free time for us.
Dec. 27th - day-trip via the high road to Santa Fe - explore the SF historic district and Canyon Rd (maybe for the first or second time, depending on what we do).
Dec. 28th - we leave Taos for Denver.
So, as you can see, four full days and the must-dos for us are;
Visit Taos pueblo incl. the Christmas Eve celebration
One day of ski-school for the kids
Tubing for everyone
One day in Santa Fe and driving the high road between Taos and SF
Just to give you an idea of our route, we are driving from Mesa Verde to Taos on the 23rd of December (weather permitting) and driving Taos to Denver for our onward flight on the 28th.
Hope I haven't asked too many questions - I think it's better to be specific about our goals so hopefully I can get some detailed answers and ideas!
Look forward to hearing back from you guys.