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Enjoy the Holiday Events at New Mexico Historic Sites

October 22nd, 2017

(Santa Fe, NM) -- This holiday season you can explore history where it happened at one of the New Mexico Historic Sites that are hosting several free holiday events.

On Wednesday, December 6 from 4:30PM to 6:30pm enjoy Christmas at the Bosque at the Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial.  Listen to history unfold with December letters from the reservation. The evening includes supper and refreshments. 

On Saturday, December 9 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM, take a stroll during Light Among the Ruins at the Jemez Historic Site.  The site will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos, there will be music, dances, bonfires, and horse drawn wagon rides.

Also on Saturday, December 9 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Fort Selden Historic Site.  More than 800 luminarias will be lighted, with holiday music, a cozy campfire, and refreshments.  This is a fun night for the whole family.

On Saturday, December 24, Luminarias in Lincoln at the Lincoln Historic Site.  The town will be adorned with luminarias.  Santa Claus arrives on a longhorn steer.  Hot chocolate will be served.



About New Mexico Historic Sites: 

On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, six of seven sites are active and open to the public: Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo MemorialCoronadoFort SeldenJemezFort Stanton and Lincoln. The El Camino Real Historic Trail Site closed in 2016 until further notice. In 2004, the historic Barela-Reynolds House and Property in Mesilla, was designated a state historic site upon its donation to the state by the John Paul Taylor family. Mr.& Mrs. Taylor will retain a life estate on the property that will not be open to the public until their deaths. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions can be accessed at

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