Here Are The 12 Most Enchanting, Magical Christmas Towns In New Mexico

Christmas is our favorite time of year in New Mexico because, each night, the state is lit by glow of farolitos. Some of our towns and cities really embrace the spirit of the season and go all out with decorations, parades, light displays, and winter activities. Here are the most enchanting places to visit this Christmas – some of our picks for the best Christmas towns in New Mexico!

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Which cities and towns do you like to visit during the holiday season? We’ve put together this road trip to help you explore New Mexico’s lights this Christmas! What are your favorite holiday traditions? Tell us about them in the comments!

Address: Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Address: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Address: Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
Address: Madrid, NM 87010, USA
Address: Mescalero, NM 88340, USA
Address: Taos, NM 87571, USA
Address: Belen, NM 87002, USA
Address: 121 Ski Run Rd, Alto, NM 88312, USA
Address: Angel Fire, NM, USA
Address: Las Cruces, NM, USA
Address: Santa Fe, NM, USA
Address: Mesilla, NM, USA
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Best Christmas Towns in New Mexico

November 25, 2021

What are the best places to spend Christmas in New Mexico?  

New Mexico is one of those places people love visiting during the summer, but they underestimate it during the winter. Believe it or not, New Mexico goes quite the distance when it comes to Christmas and holiday festivities; some entire towns love to get in on it! Thanks to multiple cultural influences in the area, one can find all kinds of epic festivities no matter where they look. Spend the holiday in Old Town Albuquerque and fall in love with the luminaria displays, or if you prefer Santa Fe, you’ll find plenty there, too. Taos is a wonderful place to spend Christmas as well, with plenty of events and festivities (not to mention beautiful lights) to go around. In fact, Taos might be the best place to spend Christmas in New Mexico – your chances of having a white Christmas in Taos are pretty decent!  

What is New Mexico at Christmas like?  

In a word: mild! Christmases in New Mexico don’t tend to get terribly crazy; even in the higher elevations of the state, temperatures in the 30s are common and temperatures below that aren’t so much. It’s not unusual to have daytime temperatures in the 50s in many parts of the state. As for the towns and cities, Christmas is special; everyone gets a little merrier, a little kinder, a little more generous. It’s a special time of year through and through – don’t discount the magic just because New Mexico happens to be a bit more “desert” than northern states. If you’re hoping for a snowy Christmas, you can visit any one of New Mexico’s delightful towns that actually do get snow, like the aforementioned Taos or Sandia Peak. For a list of some of the best places to visit in New Mexico at Christmas (or just winter in general), check out this article!   

Address: Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Address: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Address: Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
Address: Madrid, NM 87010, USA
Address: Mescalero, NM 88340, USA
Address: Taos, NM 87571, USA
Address: Belen, NM 87002, USA
Address: 121 Ski Run Rd, Alto, NM 88312, USA
Address: Angel Fire, NM, USA
Address: Las Cruces, NM, USA
Address: Santa Fe, NM, USA
Address: Mesilla, NM, USA