Saturday, November 3, 2012

Head to Santa Fe for the 2012 Winter Markets

Winter Spanish Market (Copyright: Elizabeth R. Rose)

Big draws for Santa Fe are the colorful markets held around the town's main plaza. As the leaves turn golden, the Plaza gets more quiet. And then, with the beginning of winter, the festivals start once again. But at this time they are moved inside.

It's cold outside and the markets and shows will continue in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We always look forward to the winter markets held inside. There are fewer artists than the events held on the historic Plaza, but you'll have a great chance to visit with the artists and do some holiday shopping in a more leisurely and comfortable atmosphere.

Taking place December 1-2, 2012 the Winter Spanish Market showcases traditional Spanish colonial arts and has expanded this year by adding several new events. Luncheon with the Artists on Wednesday, November 30 is an opportunity to enjoy lunch with a Spanish Market artist and learn more about them and their work; tickets are available for $60.

The market will open at the Santa Fe Convention Center for the first time on Friday night, December 2, from 6:00 to 9:00 with the WinterNite party, featuring food and music along with the artists selling their work. The market runs for two full days December 3 and 4 and features pieces by 100 Hispanic artists.

Other highlights of the weekend include a Holiday Home Tour and a Traditional Christmas Tea at the Hotel Saint Francis. More Information.

Another winter market that everyone looks forward to is the SWAIA Winter Indian Market. This market is SWAIA's Annual Holiday Native arts show held during Thanksgiving weekend (November 24-25, 2012) at the Santa Fe Convention Center. 

You'll have the chance to visit with 150 Native artists. Six award-winning artist demonstrators including jewelers Vernon Haskie and Allen Aragon, potters Erik Fender and Ulysses Reid, painter Ryan Lee Smith, and weaver Lola Cody will be demonstrating their art at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

As entertainment, enjoy entrancing flute music and a contemporary take on traditional story telling.
Admission to the event is $5.00. More Information.

The festivals of Santa Fe are excellent opportunities to purchase unique holiday gifts.

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