Community Events

Yuletide Tree Lighting

The 2021 Town of Taos Christmas Season officially kicks off with the lighting of our Town Christmas tree on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 6:00pm at the Historic Taos Plaza.  Join Mayor Dan Barrone, our Town Council and the wonderful community of Taos as we turn on the tree in the Historic Taos Plaza!  Once again, we will honor our beautiful living tree from our local forest donated by Mayor Barrone and family in partnership with the Carson National Forest as they place it on the Plaza.  

Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive  

Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive Thursday, December 2, 2021 thru Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  The Holiday Magic is a drive-through experience with video walls and Holiday music.  Civic Plaza Drive will be closed on Thursday, December 2, 2021 through Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 3:00pm to 10:00pm for the Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive; however, businesses and homeowners will be allowed limited access and parking. The entrance to the Holiday Magic will be a special lane on the southbound side of Paseo del Pueblo Norte on the corner of Civic Plaza Drive and Paseo del Pueblo Norte and the exit will be at the corner of Camino de la Placita and Civic Plaza Drive.  Civic Plaza Drive will be one-way traffic only for the show.  There will be no parking allowed along Civic Plaza Drive and on the southbound side of Paseo del Pueblo Norte, starting north from El Pueblo Lodge down to Civic Plaza Drive during the Holiday Magic on Thursday, December 2, 202 through Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 3:00pm to 10:00pm.  

Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive with Santa and Mrs. Claus visiting from the North Pole during the FREE drive-through Grab and Go Holiday Event for children of all ages along Civic Plaza Drive COVID-19 (Coronavirus) safe.  

Holiday bags filled with goodies will be handed out during the drive-through Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive with Santa and Mrs. Claus Event to the first 2,500 children on Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm or until all bags have been given out.  The bags will be handed out on Civic Plaza Drive using COVID-safe practices.  Gloved and masked Town staff and volunteers will be on hand to distribute the Holiday goodie bags.  All children must attend with an adult and participants must remain in their vehicles at all times.  If you would like to enjoy the show and not receive a Holiday bag you can do so from 5:00pm to 9:00pm please let the attendant know.  

Civic Plaza Drive will be closed from 1:00pm to 10:00pm for the Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive with Santa and Mrs. Claus Event; however, businesses and homeowners will be allowed limited access and parking. The entrance to the Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive with Santa and Mrs. Claus Event will be a special lane on the southbound side of Paseo del Pueblo Norte on the corner of Civic Plaza Drive and Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Once you have received your goodie bag, vehicles will then exit at the corner of Camino de la Placita and Civic Plaza Drive.  Civic Plaza Drive will be one-way traffic only for this event.  There will be no parking allowed along Civic Plaza Drive and on the southbound side of Paseo del Pueblo Norte, starting north from El Pueblito Lodge down to Civic Plaza Drive during the dive-through event on Sunday, December 5, 2021. The Town of Taos Facilities and Events Department, Albertsons Market, Smith’s, Walmart and Taos’ wonderful Community of Volunteers sponsor this event.    


Prior to or after you drive-through Civic Plaza Drive make sure you drive around Historic Taos Plaza and enjoy the traditional farolitos and holiday lights.  

 

Farolito Lighting 2021 at Historic Taos Plaza

Farolitos are scheduled to be lit at the Historic Taos Plaza for 30 evenings during the Holiday Season starting Friday, November 26, 2021.  Thanks to all the businesses, organizations and families participating, we are able to give our community and visitors a season filled with lights of love and Holiday Cheer!

 Dates/Businesses/Organizations/Families

November 26, 2021 Burtuckmuss, November 27, 2021 Abeyta and Vigil Family, November 28, 2021 Taos Milagro Rotary Club, November 29, 2021 Taos Middle School AVID Program 8th Grade, Taos County Democratic Party and Taos County Federation of Democratic Women, November 2, 2021 El Pueblito Church, November 4, 2021 Taos Opera Guild, December 5, 2021 Royal Court and Taos Fiesta Council, December 6, 2021 Kit Carson Propane, December 7, 2021 Iglesia Casa de Oracion, December 8, 2021 US Bank, December 9, 2021 Hillcrest Bank, December 10, 2021 Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Youth Group, December 11, 2021 Lions Club of Taos, December 12, 2021 Nusenda Credit Union, December 13, 2021 Middle School Honor Society, December 14, 2021 Habitat for Humanity, December 15, 2021 LULAC & VFW Post #3259, December 16, 2021 In Loving Memory of Deceased Martinez and Duran Family Members, December 17, 2021 Taos Rotary Club, December 18, 2021 Royal Court and Taos Fiesta Council, December 19, 2021 In Loving Memory of Chris Trujillo, December 20, 2021 Taos High School Cheerleaders, December 21, 2021 Taos Interfaith, December 22, 2021 In Memory of Juanita Medina and Family, December 23, 2021 Tafoya Family, December 24, 2021 In Loving Memory of Beatriz Gonzales, and December 25, 2021 Silva Family.  

Town of Taos New Year’s Eve Free Celebration and Pig Roast Dinner  

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Historic Taos Plaza from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.  Mayor Dan Barrone and his family will be serving a pig roast dinner free to the community and visitors.  Fireworks provided by Town of Taos and Taos Fire Department.  Musical performances by Michael Hearne, Beat Root Revival, Chris Dracup and special guests from 5:00pm to 9:30pm.  Fireworks provided by Town of Taos and Fire Department.  It is a fun, family-friendly celebration! 

Parking and vehicular traffic to the Plaza will be closed on Friday, December 31, 2021 from 7:00am to 12:00am and on Saturday,  January 1, 2022; however, the Taos Plaza Merchants will be open to foot traffic. 

New Year’s Eve Free Celebration event parking will be available at Loretto Parking Lot and McCarthy Parking Lot located on Cantu Hill opposite side of I Love Taos. All metered parking lots will be free. For handicapped parking and for people requiring ADA access to the event, there will be extra parking on the area next to the McCarthy Parking Lot directly behind the old County Courthouse. 

The Town of Taos Facilities and Events Department, Mayor Barrone and Family, and Taos Fire Department sponsor this event.  

Taos Halloween Community Event COVID Style:  

The Town of Taos, Merchant Community and our Non-profit Organizations are hosting a HUGE COVID-19 (Coronavirus) safe FREE drive-through Grab and Go Halloween Event for children of all ages along Civic Plaza Drive.  The presence and spread of COVID-19 has affected us all, particularly our families with children. 

 

Halloween bags filled with goodies will be handed out during this year’s drive-through Halloween Event to the first 2,500 children on Sunday, October 31, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm or until all bags have been given out.  The bags will be handed out on Civic Plaza Drive using COVID-safe practices.  Gloved and masked Town staff and volunteers will be on hand to distribute the Halloween goodie bags.  All children must attend with an adult and participants must remain in their vehicles at all times; no pedestrian traffic will be permitted.  Children do not need to be in costume to receive a bag. 

 

Civic Plaza Drive will be closed from 9:00am to 7:00pm for the Grab and Go event; however, businesses and homeowners will be allowed limited access and secure parking. The entrance to the Grab and Go will be a special lane on the southbound side of Paseo del Pueblo Norte on the corner of Civic Plaza Drive and Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Once you have received your goodie bag, vehicles will then exit at the corner of Camino de la Placita and Civic Plaza Drive.  Civic Plaza Drive will be one-way traffic only for this event.  There will be no parking allowed along Civic Plaza Drive and on the southbound side of Paseo del Pueblo Norte, starting north from El Pueblito Lodge down to Civic Plaza Drive during the day on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

 

Judy Esquibel, Town of Taos Community Events Coordinator, would like to thank everyone in advance for helping with this year’s Halloween Event during this difficult time given all the hardships our community continues to experience.  Thank you for joining us to ensure that our children are not forgotten.  This event is made possible because of the many volunteers, staff, merchants, business owners, non-profit organizations, police, fire and sponsors that helped make it happen.  We are a huge team, working together to bring the community an important event with a free and fun filled Halloween goodie bag, in a safe environment, in a creative and Covid style.

 

The Town of Taos is proud to work with the gracious merchant community and our non-profit organizations who donated to bring you this event, with special thanks to Albertsons Market, Smith’s and Walmart.

 

For more information please contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or at jesquibel@taosgov.com.   

 

 The Town of Taos, Merchant Community, Non-profit Organizations and everyone hosting the Grab and Go event would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Halloween! 



Explora
Please join the Town of Taos for an educational Family and Community Science event. The Mini-Explora to be held at the Taos Youth & Family on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  This fun outreach program from Explora the Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque, is offered FREE of charge and is for audiences of all ages.

Read Across America: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration and Storytime The Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration is Friday, March 6, 2020 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Taos Youth & Family Center for children of all ages.  The first 300 children attending the Birthday Celebration will receive a free reading bag and a free children’s book (while supplies last). The schedule is as follows:  Reading of “The Cat in the Hat” by Melissa Quintana, Taos Municipal Schools SRCL Grant Literacy Coach, Reading of NEA’s Read Across America Proclamation by a Representative of the Mayor’s Office, Sing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and enjoy Birthday Cookies and Taos Academy of Performing Arts (A.P. Arts) Dance Demonstration/Lesson focused on Dr. Seuss story “My Many Colored Days” at 3:00pm.  Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character (a prize for the first 13 children).  Prizes donated by Walgreens.     

Ongoing activities include Balloon Animals, Activity Table, Bowling, Face painting, Dr. Seuss Themed Bookmarks, Crafty fun with Twirl and a Dr. Seuss 1 Fish, 2 Fish activity with Paso a Paso Children Count.  Special guests will be The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, and Thing 1 and 2.  You may purchase candy and drinks for $1.00, pizza slices and pretzels with cheese for $3.00 and nachos for $4.00.  Proceeds will benefit Our Lady of Guadalupe Youth Group.    

Wet N’ Wild Easter: 

Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run:  

New Mexico Wildlife Center Tour:   

“This Is Me” Self-Portrait Contest and A Kid’s Virtual Art Show Taos Center for the Arts (TCA), Town of Taos Community Events, and Taos Ski Valley collaborate to offer a self-portrait contest and virtual exhibition for children in the Taos community ages 3-10. “This Is Me – A Kid’s Virtual Art Show” comes on the heels of TCA’s “Portraits in Social Isolation, 2020,” a self-portrait show.

For The Health of It! Cancer Support "Virtual" Walk Celebrating the 10th Anniversary For The Health of It! fun walk to support Cancer Support Services. Due to Covid-19, we are unable to host a large gathering this year. However, we are happy to announce a “virtual” walk that we hope will be a fun way for our community to participate in “For the Health of It” and generate much-needed funds for our program. 

Movies On the Green:  

Albuquerque BioPark’s Discover the BioPark:  

Be part of the community tradition "El Viboron":  

Home Town Fourth of July Celebration: 

Touch A Truck: 

Taos Youth Flight Rally:  


34th Annual Yuletide Tree Lighting: 

Ornament & Craft Making:  

Town of Taos New Year’s Eve Celebration