Holiday celebrations are 11 a.m.to 3 p.m., Dec. 1 at the Millicent Rogers Museum’s Holiday Fiesta.
This year’s event marks the 21st year the museum has hosted its Holiday Fiesta,and is line with the museum’s mission of sharing and celebrating the arts and cultures of the Southwest.
The museum was founded in 1956 in Taos and the majority of its collection of more than 7,000 objects is representative of the diverse Indigenous and Hispanic cultures of the Southwest with particular strengths in the traditional arts of northern New Mexico.
The Holiday Fiesta showcases these traditions in an annual event that is offered for free for the community of Taos, but admission will be free for all visitors who would like to join in on the fun.
Holiday Fiesta— The Millicent Rogers Museum is committed to building and cultivating a strong relationship with the local community,and this event strives to honor and respect the vibrant artistic traditions of northern New Mexico. This year’s Holiday Fiesta will feature face painting, holiday crafts, and student music and dance performances by Billy Archuleta at 11 a.m., Taos Suzuki Violin School at noon, Los Niños Bailadores at 1 p.m., and the Taos Youth Ballet at 2 p.m.
Families will also get a chance to make their own Christmas crafts and ornaments, create their own retablos,and learn about Hanukkah through fun activities.
Santa will be on site noon to 2 p.m. for photos.
In addition to the Holiday Fiesta, the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibits will be on view during the event. The museum’s current special exhibits include On a National Scale: Mary B. Rogers and the New American Indian Art, Water That Sustains, A Feast for the Eyes: Rio Grande Blankets from the Collection, Horse Cultures of the Southwest, and To Honor Millicent.
For visitors looking to start their holiday shopping, the Museum Store will feature a variety of unique Southwest gifts, such as Pueblo nativity sets, handmade ornaments, Christmas earrings, holiday cards, and 2019 calendars. Year-round, the store carries a wide selection of vintage and contemporary Southwest jewelry, Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, and an assortment of items similar to works on view in the museum’s galleries.
The Millicent Rogers Museum is open from 10-5 (MST) Tuesday through Sunday from November to March,and is open every day April to October. In line with the museum’s mission to support the local community, admission is complimentary for this event as a gift from the museum.
Los Ninos Bailadores. Courtesy photo
Scene from 2017 Holiday Fiesta. Courtesy photo