“With a wide array of holiday events—stretching from late November to early January, those looking to add variety to their holiday shopping and celebrating experience have plenty of options in Farmington,” said Tonya Stinson, Executive Director of Farmington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “It’s truly a magical time when our entire community comes together with visitors from around the world to focus on the beauty of our natural surroundings, our unique culture, and family and friends. We welcome all to come experience the fun and flair of the holidays in the Four Corners Region.”
Outdoor celebrations begin in late November with the 5K Turkey Trot and a 2 Mile Gobble Wobble on November 21st and go through the end of the Ice Skating season on January 9th. A list of some of the special events is below:
5K Turkey Trot and 2 Mile Gobble Wobble - Sign up for an all-weather, outdoor, active event focusing on fun and excitement for all ages as families begin to come together for Thanksgiving celebrations.
December 2 -5
Festival of Trees - Take part in this annual festive celebration featuring an indoor winter wonderland with artfully decorated trees.
Christmas Parade – Start the season with holiday cheer at the annual lighted Christmas parade, beginning at 5:45pm and running through Historic Downtown Farmington along Main Street.
Riverglo – Celebrating both the holiday season and the natural beauty surrounding Farmington, the Animas River trails are lit by luminarias, and visitors can walk the trails by candle and moonlight to catch the festive scenes along the route, including bonfires, holiday choirs, Santa Claus, live nativity scene and more.
San Juan College Luminarias - A phenomenal display of over 40,000 luminarias, San Juan College becomes a sight to see, as the campus is transformed to a beautifully lit holiday scene.
Miracle on Main Street - Celebrate the magic of Christmas at the new Miracle on Main Street holiday event. There will be lots to do inside and outside to get you into the holiday spirit. Activities include a holiday tree lighting, ice skating, caroling, visiting with Santa and more.
December 7–January 9
Farmington Ice Skating – This year, visitors and locals alike can relive the wonder of childhood and winter fun for kids of all ages with a special treat—outdoor ice skating.
Reindeer Romp - Farmington gets holiday-ready with a 5K Reindeer Romp and a 2 Mile North Pole Stroll through historic downtown Farmington.
Live Navajo Nativity – A local favorite and a visitor must-see for anyone looking to get into the holiday spirit, this touching event features children from the Navajo Ministries Home for Children in traditional Navajo clothing and live animals acting out the nativity scene.
“If you’ve never experienced the breathtaking joy and awe of the holidays in Farmington, there’s no better time than this year,” added Stinson. “From the festive feel of luminarias aglow on the Animas River trails to the heartwarming nature of the Navajo Nativity production—and the arts and crafts fairs and events in between—there’s something truly special about the way we celebrate.”
For those looking to shop for even the most difficult-to-please people on their list, Farmington’s shops and events offer culturally unique as well as hand-made and one-of-a-kind gifts. From unique boutiques and art galleries to big name chain stores—including the recently opened Dick’s Sporting Goods—Farmington has much to offer holiday shoppers. The holiday shopping season begins early, as shoppers can extend their Black Friday frenzy and visit the area on Saturday, November 28th to take advantage of the Holiday Art Walk/Small Business Saturday, featuring work from local artists, as well as great deals and specials from Farmington-owned businesses.
To complete the holiday shopping experience, the work of local artisans, makers and crafters is on display at galleries and shops throughout town, as well as at arts and crafts fairs throughout the winter.
For a full list of Farmington, NM events, or to plan your entire holiday trip, visit FarmingtonNM.org.