Thanksgiving & Christmas Event at The Plaza
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WHEN: The day after Thanksgiving every year. See "more" for hours.

WHAT: Christmas Lighting and Santa Claus Visits - Events on the Plaza. MASKS & distancing required.

Every year, Santa Fe begins its Christmas anticipation the day after Thanksgiving. People gather to watch as a vintage fire truck parades Santa and Mrs. Claus around the Plaza, eventually stopping to greet everyone. The colorful lighting happens at dark.

Address: The Santa Fe Plaza  MAP


3.30pm Refreshments & music

5pm: Santa Claus Fire Truck 

6-6.15pm: Lighting by Mayor

(Times are approximate and may be subject to change.)

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Festivities start at 3:00 pm. with the Girl Scout Choir and Girl Scouts selling cookies and hot chocolate. There is entertainment and music through the evening. A visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus is at 4:00 pm. The farolito lighting and the main lighting ceremony are at 6 pm. 

The traditional pick-up point for Santa and Mrs. Claus has always been The Shop – A Christmas Store just a few steps from the Plaza on East Palace Avenue. The Shop is a local and visitor favorite, stocked to the gills with EVERYTHING Christmas and all Holidays that you’d expect, and a ton more your imagination hasn’t thought of yet.

Once Santa is seated on his chair on the Plaza, kids line-up to give Santa their Christmas wish lists, and after dark, (6 p.m.) the brilliant display of Christmas decorations light up the Plaza.