Like an eccentric uncle, the holidays often sneak up on people and leave tinsel wherever they go. Deck the halls with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two weekend passes to Christmas in New Mexico on November 18–20, presented by Zia Arts & Crafts Festival at the Expo New Mexico fairgrounds (up to a $36 value). The festival begins at 10 a.m. each day, ending at 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Admission costs $6 per day per person without a Groupon, and is free for children 15 and younger.
Zia Arts & Crafts Festival’s Christmas in New Mexico brings its annual three-day confluence of cold-weather festivities and southwestern culture to the Expo New Mexico fairgrounds. Attendees wander aisles crammed with more than 125 festive exhibitors, who tempt guests with seasonal accouterments including handmade jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and maps to the grove where they grow all of the candycanes. The southwest-themed event also hosts artisans specializing in metal sculptures, wooden crafts, and Native American pottery. Postshopping palates cozy up to food samplings, and ears find aural satisfaction with entertainment ranging from guitar-wielding troubadors to demonstrations on how to properly tune a yeti call. Organizers inject the event with the trappings of a winter landscape, complementing the fair’s holiday handiworks with decorative fixtures including frosted pine trees and tinsel-decked tableaus.
300 San Pedro Dr. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108Get Directions