SANTA FE, N.M. — Oh, sure, everyone knows that the big event this coming week is the Farolito Walk on Christmas Eve along Canyon Road and adjoining streets on Santa Fe’s east side. (Although true aficionados know that Acequia Madre and Delgado Street offer some of the finest scenes.)
A new twist is offered this year, though, with the Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E. De Vargas St., presenting an hour-long performance beginning at 4 p.m. that will incorporate a number of cultural traditions in music, dance, poetry and storytelling. After that Community Holiday Show, then you can take to the streets for the candles in bags.
Admission is by donation; proceeds will help pay for renovations in the theater’s lobby and dressing rooms.
CELTS AND GYPSIES, OH MY! Santa Fe’s first “Celtic Christmas” will be presented by an array of artists, including the Santa Fe Men’s Camerata and traditional Irish musician Gerry Carthy, in the Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta. The afternoon begins at 2 p.m. with “Christmas savories” in the lobby, followed by a concert in the auditorium.
You can buy a $50 family ticket for up to five family members, a $20 adult ticket or a $10 children’s ticket from the Lensic box office, 988-1234. Proceeds will help keep the temple open for community events.
Or you can immerse yourself in “Gypsy Passion,” with guitarist Chuscales, and other musicians and dancers at El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia, today and Saturday. Flamenco dancer Juan Siddi will be a guest artist today, while Domino Martinez will be featured on Saturday. Admission is $30; tickets are available from brownpapertickets.com and shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
PUPPET PARTY: The Gustave Baumann marionettes are always the prime attraction at the annual holiday open house at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave. The event, which will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, also features photo ops with the puppets, an arts and crafts project, music and refreshments. And best of all, admission is free.
BAROQUE CHRISTMAS: Santa Fe Pro Musica will perform music by Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi, along with traditional carols, today through Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in St. Francis Auditorium, 107 W. Palace Ave. Mezzo-sopranos Deborah Domanski and Drea Pressley will be featured singers.
Tickets are $20-$65 and are available through the organization’s box office, 988-4640.