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Santa Fe & Taos for Christmas week: feedback on itinerary?

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(re-posting to include New Mexico tag)

Hi folks,

My mom (65) and I (35) are taking a special mother-daughter trip to Santa Fe for the holidays. It's our first time in New Mexico, and we are amazed by the riches that NM has to offer in this winter season. We'd love to get your expert feedback on our draft (6-day) itinerary.

One wondering I have is whether to cut Taos and just focus on Santa Fe for this trip, but I am drawn to the Christmas Eve procession at Taos Pueblo, as well as the ceremonial dances on Christmas day.

I'm particularly worried about the drive to Taos if it snows. We are coming from California so have not driven in icy conditions in a long time. (Should we just stay in Santa Fe for Christmas Eve and see the Canyon Road farolitos? Or is the Taos Pueblo procession a can't miss?)

Our priorities: beautiful outdoor scenery, Christmas festivities, art (museums & local artisans)

Friday 12/23
10:55 am: Land. Grab luggage, and rent car.
12:00: Depart airport. Drive 1 hour, 10 minutes to Santa Fe.
1:15 Lunch in Santa Fe.
2:15 Drive 40 minutes to Chimayo to visit local weavers.
3:00 Visit Ortega Gallery, Trujillo Weavers (open til 5:00)
5:00 Dinner at Rancho de Chimayo
7:00 Attend posada at Santuario de Chimayo or just check out the lights.
8:00 Drive 40 minutes back to Santa Fe to see the city lit up OR stay overnight in Chimayo?

Saturday 12/24
7:30 Drive the High Road to Taos. Drop off luggage at lodging.
10:00 Visit Millicent Rogers Museum
12:30 Lunch
3:00 Depart for Taos Pueblo.
~4:00 Attend Pueblo Christmas Eve procession (approx. 4:00 - 6:30)
7:00 Dinner
Fireworks and torch procession at ski resort? (recommendations about which one?)
Overnight in Taos (Casa Benavides)

Sunday 12/25
Breakfast at Casa Benavides
Explore Taos by foot.
2:00 Attend native dances at the Pueblo.
Overnight in Taos

Monday 12/26
9:30 Vist Rancho de Taos for Chimayo Trading Post & Taos Drums
11:00 Drive to Santa Fe
12:15 Lunch
1:30 Visit Georgia O'Keefe Museum
Overnight in Santa Fe

Tuesday 12/27
9:00 Drive to Ghost Ranch.
10:00 Trail ride
11:30 Lunch at Ghost Ranch
12:30 Drive back to Santa Fe
2:00 Leisurely afternoon exploring Canyon Road

Wednesday 12/28
Spend the day at Bandelier, including Tsankawi

Thursday 12/29
10:00 Museum of International Folk Art
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Leave for airport
3:30 Arrive at airport for 4:50 flight

Thanks in advance for your insights!

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