SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe’s official kickoff to the holiday season takes place on Friday, Nov. 29., the day after Thanksgiving, when 10,000 lights strung among the trees and structures on the Plaza are flipped on. The event always attracts a huge crowd and is one of the best times to renew old acquaintances.
The festivities start at 3 p.m., with the Santo Niño Choir and girl scouts giving out cookies and hot chocolate. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive at about 4 p.m. on a vintage fire truck.
Volunteers will begin lighting farolitos at 4:30 p.m. to illuminate the Plaza until the lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., presided over by the mayor and city councilors.