Thanksgiving is a time for being with family and friends—and for being grateful for the blessings each day brings. The nature lover and essayist Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” Surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and populated by a welcoming and creative community, Santa Fe inspires a spirit of everlasting thankfulness.
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re sharing our Top Ten list of what we’re thankful for—today and always. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
We’re thankful and proud to serve the Santa Fe community. The Barker family has roots in Santa Fe that go back for four generations. We’re proud to give back to the community
2. Santa Fe’s Holiday Season
December in Santa Fe is a magical time, filled with events that are traditional for Santa Feans and unique for newcomers and visitors. The big three are Christmas at the Palace on December 7, Las Posadas on December 9, and the Farolito Walk on December 24.
3. Skiing in Santa Fe
Opening day at Ski Santa Fe is November 22! Gotta go—we’re getting our gear ready! EDIT: the mountain is open and the snow is great!
4. Chiles for Christmas
Santa Fe’s iconic red and green chile sauces are a holiday go-with from everything from turkey tamales to Christmas morning scrambled eggs.
5. Santa Fe Native American Cultures
Santa Fe owes its heritage to a blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo cultures. During December, you can learn about Native American culture at Pueblo Christmas and Feast Day celebrations December 12, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
6. Santa Fe Sunrises and Sunsets
Santa Fe is renowned for its sunsets and sunrises. We can thank the 7,199-foot altitude and an average of 283 days of sun per year. Ask residents where to see the best sunset and the answer often is, “My house.”
7. Santa Fe Outdoor Recreation
The Santa Fe area is a paradise for mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians.
8. Santa Fe Arts, Opera, and Galleries
The outdoors or the arts? You don’t have to choose in Santa Fe. Santa Fe attracts home-grown talent and internationally known artists. Here are some of our favorites places in both categories.
9. Santa Fe Cuisine
Conde Nast readers named Santa Fe one of the best food cities in the country. USA Today ranked Santa Fe among the top ten best farmers’s market cities in the United States. But Santa Feans are modest about our culinary achievements. We’ll share details on the best and newest places to go, and you can’t go wrong in a city this focused on food.
10. Sante Fe Aromas
In winter, the air fills with the scents of burning piñon and juniper and the aroma of roasted green chiles.