New Year’s Eve in Santa Fe

"'ll find plenty of creative ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Santa Fe. Happy 2012!"

Date December 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM


Categories Community Entertainment & Nightlife


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Santa Fe is a magical place for ringing in the New Year. The streets are illuminated by farolitos, snow blankets the ground and the city throws open its doors to usher in the New Year. From four-course dinners and entertainment to parties with live bands, interactive art installations and a train ride through the high desert at midnight, you'll find plenty of creative ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Santa Fe. Happy 2012!

Light Up a Life

This traditional lighting of farolitos on the Santa Fe Plaza in memory of lost ones is hosted by the The Hospice Center. You can purchase a farolito for $20 in honor of a loved one. Light up a Life takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and includes refreshments. For more info, visit

New Year's Concert

Joseph Illick conducts the Santa Fe Concert Association Orchestra in this holiday concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, featuring pianist Claire Huangci. Music includes Prokofiev's Piano Concert No. 3 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. A gala dinner dance follows the concert at La Posada de Santa Fe. For tickets, go to

Meow Wolf's Robocalypse 2012

The incredibly creative art collective Meow Wolf hosts Robocalypse 2012, a New Year's Eve party at El Museo that will transform the museum space into the interior of a robotic brain. Entertainment includes Numbtron, with DJ Feathericci, Bacon, and Gargame, along with King George, Ninja Star, Spoolius Melange, Veda and DJ Dirt Girl. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. and include beer and alcohol. You must RSVP at Enter your name then click the ticket link.

New Year's Eve Parties

Second Street Brewery at The Railyard hosts a New Year's Eve party featuring the music of Todd and the Fox from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The restaurant will serve holiday specials, and there's no cover charge! The entertainment also includes Mariann on the MIX. Over at the original Second Street Brewery on Second Street, the party features the music of the David Barsanti Experience. Go to for more info.

Vanessie's hosts a New Year's Eve Play and Stay Party, featuring the soul and blues music of Hillary Smith and Soul Kitchen and a four-course dinner.

Rouge Cat rings in the New Year with a Paparazzi Glitter Ball, complete with a red carpet, a midnight champagne toast and party favors. The evening's entertainment is provided by DJ Oona, along with lighting and decorations. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more info, visit

The Cowgirl celebrates New Year's Eve starting with an afternoon concert from 2 to 5 p.m. by Russell Sharf 's Jazz Explosion. At 8 p.m., the New Year's Eve Party kicks off, featuring the music of Chango, a killer cover band. Get details at

Casino Celebrations

For casino fans, there's plenty of live entertainment, food, gaming and giveaways to enjoy on New Year's Eve. Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino offers music by Tobias Rene and live music in the Blue Tower Lounge, and will give away a 2012 Dodge Charger at 8 p.m. on New Year's Day. Cities of Gold hosts the bands Tequila Rain and Slo Burnin' on New Year's Eve, while the Ohkay Hotel/Casino features live entertainment from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with Darren Cordova y Calor. Final Verdict plays the Sports Bar and Event Tent at the Santa Claran Hotel/Casino, where more than $7,000 in cash will be given away in drawings from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., including $2,012 at midnight.

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Hotel Galas

The Eldorado Hotel rings in 2012 with a New Year's Eve buffet and music by Nosostros, with a champagne toast at midnight. The menu includes kobe green chile cheese sliders, agave spinach and artichoke dip, black bean and roasted red pepper quesadillas and an array of gourmet cheese. The event includes a late night breakfast served at 12:30 a.m. Visit for more info.

Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort Hotel invites you to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Las Fuentes & Bar with a festive three-course dinner and music by Pat Malone. Watch the ball drop in Times Square and enjoy a champagne toast at 10 p.m. (that's midnight in New York). The fun begins at 7 p.m. Check for details.

The Lodge at Santa Fe hosts a New Year's Eve party featuring three separate events in one location. Dance to the music of Havana Sun with DJ Sofrito, and to Rob A Lou's Super Rockabilly Band and DJ Chowder's Funka-Fela-Ton, from 10 p.m. til 2 a.m. The hotel is offering a Party Package that includes accommodations, hors d'oeuvres and party favors. For details, visit

Railway Revelry

Take a late-night train ride through the high desert on the Santa Fe Southern Railway's New Year's Eve Party Train. Your trip includes hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a champagne toast at midnight. There's also music and fireworks, weather permitting. The train departs at 10 p.m., and returns about two and half hours later. Click on for more info.