Christmas Eve on Canyon Road

by wil — Dec 25, 2010

farolitos

farolitos

farolitos

farolitos

luminaria

We’re usually out of town visiting family over the holiday, but this year we celebrated with family early. As this was our first Christmas Eve/Day to spend alone, just the two of us, and our first to be home here in Santa Fe on Christmas, we decided to check out Christmas Eve on Canyon Road. Every year they block automobile traffic to the area, decorate with candle-filled paper lanterns and bonfires (here in Santa Fe they call the paper lanterns farolitos and the Christmas bonfires luminarias), serve up hot drinks, popcorn, etc., and thousands of people stroll the streets and alleyways, occasionally gathering to sing carols.

We walked up Canyon Road, past lit-up stores/galleries (a few were still open) and several musicians, then down Acequia Madre — passed by a troupe of gung-ho jogging carolers — to the elementary school, where they were launching “flying farolitos” (mini hot air balloons made of paper that rise up and up until they eventually catch fire high in the sky and self-destruct).

The whole thing kept reminding me of autumnal fairs and Halloween, which is a slightly odd sensation to have on Christmas Eve, but it was fun nonetheless.

Here are a couple of blurry shots of a flying farolito.

Just launched:
flying farolito

Up, up, and away:
flying farolito

Merry Christmas!

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