Ring in the Post-Mayan Apocalyptic New Year

Your Guide to New Year’s Eve in Santa Fe

"In Santa Fe, there are numerous options for ways to ring in the New Year, from an early morning meditation and a classical music concert to parties."

Date December 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Entertainment & Nightlife Local News & Sports


Celebrating the arrival of 2013 is a big deal, since we weren't supposed to be here after Dec. 21, 2012, according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar. And in Santa Fe, there are numerous options for ways to ring in the New Year, from an early morning meditation and a classical music concert to parties.

Happy New Year!

22nd Annual Light Up a Life
This traditional lighting of farolitos on the Santa Fe Plaza in memory of lost ones is hosted by The Hospice Center. You can purchase a farolito for a suggested donation of $20 in honor of a loved one. The event takes place from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and includes refreshments. Click here for more info.

New Year's Eve Concert
Joseph Illick conducts the Santa Fe Concert Association Orchestra and the Harlem Quartet in the association's annual holiday concert at the Lensic Performing Arts Center from 5 to 7 p.m. The program features music old and new, including a new arrangement for string quartet and orchestra of Leonard Bernstein's iconic "West Side Story." Click here for more info.

Santa Fe Desert Chorale: A Toast to the New Year
An octet of the acclaimed Santa Fe Desert Chorale performs a fun program of music to celebrate the New Year, including colonial hymns by William Billings, two Shaker Canons, a trio of Sephardic folk songs, French melodies and, Auld Lang Syne. Former music director Linda Mack Berven conducts.
6-8 p.m. Click here for more info.
Church of the Holy Faith, 311 E. Palace Ave.

Neoglyphica New Year's Eve Party
The hip art collective Meow Wolf hosts Neoglyphica at Molly's Kitchen from 8 p.m. on. The party will transform Molly's into a futuristic, three-dimensional space/time environment, with light sculptures, installations, video projection adventures by the group's artists and glo-painting stations. Enjoy the music of six different DJs throughout the night. You'll receive a free pair of ChromoSynctic glasses and there's also a champagne toast at midnight.
This event is for people 21 and over only. Click here for more info.
Molly's Kitchen, 1611 Calle Lorca

New Year's Eve Parties
Vanessie hosts a New Year's Eve Party featuring live piano music from Doug Montgomery and David Geist. The evening includes an elegant four-course dinner (the menu includes butter poached lobster tail, prime rib, sea bass and a champagne toast) and if you drink too much, you can stay overnight at The Inn at Vanessie right next door. Click here for more info.

The Cowgirl celebrates New Year's with Santa Fe's own Broomdust Caravan, which plays a popular blend of juke joint, honky tonk biker rock and roll.  From 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. 319 S. Guadalupe St.

Hotel Galas
The Eldorado Hotel hosts Clock of Ages/Rock of Ages, a party in the hotel's Pavillion that  showcases live music from the '50s through the '70s performed by the Tom Rheams Group.  Pop diva Taylor Dayne and DJ Austin play music from the '90s through today. The party includes a cash bar, hors  d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.Click here for more info.

Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort Hotel invites you to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Las Fuentes Restaurant & Bar with a 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 this link for details.

Bishop's Lodge also hosts a CD release New Year's Eve party with Manzanares from 9 p.m. to midnight. The evening includes light snacks, party favors and a midnight champagne toast.

La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa hosts a New Year's Eve Gala Dinner & Dance that includes drinks, dinner and dancing to a live band, along with an exclusive performance by the evening's honored guests, the Harlem Quartet. 7 to midnight.Click here for more info.

Casino Celebrations
For casino fans, there's plenty of live entertainment, food, gaming and giveaways to enjoy on New Year's Eve.

Camel Rock Casino hosts a concert by New Mexico musicians Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane, Jr. and hands out party favors and a commemorative champagne flute to guests. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Buffalo Thunder Resort hosts two parties, one in the Club Warehouse with DJ Crisco Kidd and Black-Tie So Fly starting at 9 p.m. and the other in the Tewa Grand Ballroom with music by Los Blue Ventures, starting at 10 p.m. Both events require guests to be 21 and older.

Ohkay Hotel Casino hosts a New Year's Eve Dance featuring the music of Cuarenta y Cinco from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the conference center.

Out of Town - Just a short drive from Santa Fe you will find some unique and exotic ways to ring in 2013.

New Year's Eve Celebration and Firewalk
Take part in a treasured tradition at Chris Griscom's Nizhoni School for Global Consciousness—firewalking, which releases whatever we no longer need from the old year so that we are free to step into the New Year and manifest from a place of wholeness and power. The ceremony includes evoking the healing and cleansing power of fire to reconnect us with our divine origin. We will feel the ecstatic joy of performing the miracle of walking unharmed over glowing coals. Click here for more info.

8 to midnight The Light Institute of Galisteo, 40 Calle Nizhoni

New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
There's something magical about watching skiers leave trails of light in their wake as they glide down the Taos Ski Valley slopes holding torches that cast a lovely glow beneath New Mexico's famous starry skies. Fireworks add to the festivities to celebrate the arrival of 2013.Click here for more info.
6 to midnight Taos Ski Valley