Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Magic of Christmas in Santa Fe

Santa Fe attracts big crowds every Christmas, and we always enjoy a full house at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Guests love taking the nearby farolito walk along Canyon Road, listening to concerts by the famed Santa Fe Desert Chorale, eating delicious holiday feasts at some of our fabulous restaurants and enjoying the various snow sports available in the area.

A favorite holiday activity for locals and visitors alike is the Annual Holiday Open House hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Art.  The Open House features the marionettes of Gustave Baumann, carved in the 1930's.  Baumann, famous for his woodcut prints, became enamored with puppetry after the birth of his daughter.  He originally began carving puppets and creating plays to entertain her and her friends.  Over time, the Christmas show became so popular it eventually outgrew the venue of the Baumann home's living room and ended up in the St. Francis Auditorium, where it continues to this day.

Two of these plays will be performed for the Open House, after which you are invited to stay for holiday treats and the making of your own puppets.  This is a great activity to get you in the holiday spirit.  When you come out of the St. Francis Auditorium, where the event is held, you will be dazzled by the magic of the Plaza's trees, festooned with Christmas lights.

The Open House takes place on December 19, from 1-4pm, and is free to the public.

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