party of the century Celebrate New Mexico’s birthday—100 years of statehood!—on January 6 at The Grand Centennial Ball. Attendees are asked to wear black-tie or 1912 period attire for dinner, dancing, and an evening of special guests and surprises at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. “Take a Step Back in Time for the Future of New Mexico” is the evening’s theme, and all proceeds support the New Mexico Centennial Children’s Legacy Fund, an education-based initiative for New Mexico’s youth. Tickets: $250 per person; 6:00–11:00 pm; 505-984-2012; nmcentennial.org GALA
life’s rich pageant Embrace the holiday season with a tradition that’s been around for centuries in Mexico and for years here in Santa Fe. The annual Las Posadas procession—in which actors dressed as Mary, Joseph, and other Biblical figures reenact the search for lodging on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem—takes place on December 11, beginning at the Palace of the Governors. Join in or observe the group strolling the Plaza before looping back to the Palace of the Governors for refreshments and caroling. Free; 5:30–7:30 pm; 505-476-1141; nmhistorymuseum.org
top to bottom: Palace of the governors photo archives, nicholas chiarella/New Mexico History Museum, insight foto, INC.
2012 overture m u s i C Ring in the New Year with the sounds of the Santa Fe Concert Association Orchestra at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The annual December 31 event, conducted by SFCA artistic director Joseph Illick, features world-renowned pianist Claire Huangci and includes works by Prokofiev (Piano Concerto No. 3) and Beethoven (Symphony No. 5). The SFCA’s annual dinnerand-dancing gala follows at La Posada de Santa Fe. Tickets: concert, 5:00 pm, $20–$92; gala, 7:30 pm–1:00 am, $225; 505-984-8759; santafeconcerts.org
SANTA FEAN - DEC11/JAN12