Holidays

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Town of Taos heralds the season with a parade, a visit by Santa and lighting the tree

By Dena Miller
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 12/4/19

It's hard to believe we're smack in the middle of the 2019 holiday season, but here we are. The last 12 months have flown by fast and furious as we've nevertheless paused during the last week to count and celebrate the abundant blessings we have here in town, especially with our family, friends, and neighbors.

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Holidays

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Town of Taos heralds the season with a parade, a visit by Santa and lighting the tree

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It's hard to believe we're smack in the middle of the 2019 holiday season, but here we are. The last 12 months have flown by fast and furious as we've nevertheless paused during the last week to count and celebrate the abundant blessings we have here in town, especially with our family, friends, and neighbors.

And what better way to mark its beginning than by heading out to historic Taos Plaza where, for the 33rd year, the annual Tree Lighting and Electric Light Parade takes place Friday (Dec. 6) from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free.

Visit by Santa Claus

Elves from the Taos Optimist Club will be on hand to give out Christmas stockings, stuffed with goodies and holiday magic, to the first 300 children who visit Santa's Workshop at the gazebo on the Plaza. And Santa himself will be there, ready to hear your wishes for the season, for presents you hope will find their way under your tree, and of course, to take a picture with you.

"Our crews have worked very hard to get all of the lights and decorations up and ready for the enjoyment of our community and for the tourists and everyone else who's in town," said Judy Esquibel, community events coordinator for the town of Taos. "And, once again, we will honor a beautiful living tree from our local forest donated by Mayor Barrone and family as they place it on the Plaza."

Greetings

Facilities and Events Director Mitch Miller will open the evening's festivities with his welcoming remarks, which will be followed by an invocation and holiday greetings from Taos Pueblo Gov. Richard Aspenwind and Taos Pueblo War Chief Bernard Lujan.

"The Taos High School and Taos Middle School Choir, under the direction of Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, will bring music for your enjoyment, and the Taos Academy of Performing Arts, Mystic Dance, LED Glow Show by Julia Fernández de Maez and Jess Fitzgerald of The Body Shop, LLC. and Danza Azteca de Anahuac, will add to the merriment of the day," Esquibel noted.

Also, the Fiestas de Taos Royal Court will be present for the lighting of the farolitos by the town of Taos management team and during the annual Electric Light Parade, compliments of the Taos Volunteer Fire Department, the Taos Police Department and other participants from all over the area.

"Mayor Barrone and First Lady Della Barrone are expected at 6 p.m. to welcome in the holiday season with a special greeting and the countdown to the lighting of the tree and the Plaza," Esquibel continued.

Tasty treats

In case you're hungry, an extensive food concession is being provided by Taos High School's Edu@Work Café with a scrumptious menu that includes posole with pork and red chile, green chile corn chowder, pumpkin rolls, chocolate truffles, chocolate whoopie pies, cookies and homemade tortillas. As in past years, the town is also providing complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.

Taos Plaza will be closed to vehicular traffic from noon until 8 p.m., however, the Taos Plaza merchants will be welcoming foot traffic. Event parking will be available at the Loretto parking lot west of Taos Plaza, as well as at Town Hall and the Taos Public Library. After 5 p.m. all metered parking lots will be free. For ADA parking and ADA access to the event, there will be extra parking on the area next to the McCarthy Parking Lot directly behind the old Taos County Courthouse.

Sponsors

The event is sponsored by the Town of Taos Facilities and Events Department and the Taos Optimist Club. "We're very grateful for all of the support we receive from the town of Taos, the Plaza merchants and members of the community who work to make this such a special holiday event. Dress warmly and come out and join us while we kick off the holiday season," Esquibel concluded, the smile in her voice as large as the tree which will be lit Friday evening.

For more information, contact Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or jesquibel@taosgov.com.

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