What do you need?
We've asked some of our favorite locals to tell us about their experiences, what you should expect, and more importantly, what you should bring.
"People should bring warm clothes, patience and holiday spirit...it is crowded and slow-moving! And visitors should bear in mind that locals who live in the neighborhood appreciate privacy and respect. Those with breathing issues might avoid as it can get smoky with the bonfires and a lot of walking is involved. Personally, I like to go at around 11pm when there is almost no one there and one can get a sense of revery and peace not found when it is full of people." -Judith
"The Canyon Road Merchants Association is hiring carolers for the Walk itself." -Rachel
"The walk begins, for most people, at the foot of Canyon Road at Paseo de Peralta, and winds around at Camino del Monte Sol to Acequia Madre - where the crowd thins and the walk becomes a quieter stroll through this old historic neighborhood. If we are lucky, this year, it will snow which makes it even more the merrier. If you can walk from your home or hotel it is best, since parking is at a premium. The PERA building on Paseo de Peralta, southwest of Canyon Road, has free parking. The temperature, this time of year, can be in the teens or lower, so bring warm clothes, a warm hat or earmuffs, and warm comfortable boots/shoes. Do not forget to bring your camera. The photo opportunities are endless. Canyon Road on Christmas Eve Walk is not to be missed. If it is not on your bucket list, it should be." -Christina
"Bring a smile and keep in the spirit of the holiday season... walk with patience and peace! The streets are crowded and all that implies - from foot traffic to parking limitations. But it is so much fun and such a unique event. 2010 was extremely cold. I had a coat, boots, gloves, and a scarf. Just be prepared for the weather - that's actually a good piece of advice for any winter day or night in Santa Fe. Oh yeah, bring a camera too. Enjoy!" -Kristin
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