December -- 7:00am to 6:00pm -- Farmers and Artists Market -- A Non-profit community Farmers and Artists Market 7 days a week at the Sunshine Station. This is a great drive from Las Vegas or Pecos to exit 323 off I-25. After you have shopped at the Market there are other fun things to do further up on Highway 3; such as San Miguel de Vado Church, La Risa Cafe, Madison Winery, Villanueva State Park and more. For more information about the market, call (575)421-8060
Dec 2 -- 7:00pm -- World Literature Reading Group -- Donnelly Library will be building on the success of last year’s reading group this spring by launching a new reading and discussion group on World literature. The series will consist of discussions on four books which are available at the library. Brandon Kempner, assistant professor of English, will lead a discussion of the book at each session. Kempner teaches American Literature at New Mexico Highlands University . He has taught a wide variety of classes on multiethnic literature. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, and to register for this program, stop by the library or e-mail . Tonight's discussion will be: The Thing Around Your Neck / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
December 3 -- 5:00pm -- 22th Annual Electric Light Parade -- The parade kicks off the Christmas Season for Las Vegas and what a kick off it is. All city lights are turned off along the route of the parade leaving only the hundreds of lights on the many floats to light up the night. It is a sight to behold. Hot chocolate and cider are sold along the route to take the chill off. The parade ends at the Plaza Park where Santa Claus greets all the children and gives them candy and gifts. Christmas carols and music add to the atmosphere. Contact the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce at (505)425-8631 or via email at: .
December 3 & 4 -- 9:00am to 4:00pm -- 3rd annual Christmas Fair -- Event will take place at the Father George Center and is sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Empress #1796. For more information contact Inez Gallegos-Lujan at (505)425-9746 or (505) 617-0565, or via email at: .
December 10 -- Second Saturday Artwalk 2011 -- Second Saturday ArtWalk celebrates Las Vegas as a state designated Arts & Cultural District featuring Open Studios, Galleries, Readings, Live Music & more. Visit galleries, shops and restaurants in historic downtown Las Vegas. Enjoy the work of over 75 artists, including local painters, sculptors, jewelry designers, graphic designers, photographers, musicians, interior designers, writers, poets, santeros, media artists and graffiti artists. The ArtWalk is a monthly, authentic grassroots community art event presented by the artists, residents and businesses of Las Vegas. For more information you may call (505)425-2606, or visit their website: www.lasvegasnewmexicoarts.com
December 10 -- 1:00pm to 3:00pm -- Gingerbread House and Biscochito Contest Event takes place in the Lobby of the Historic El Fidel Hotel. Applications may be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce; 503 6th Street; Las Vegas, New Mexico. Applicants must be present at the judging. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at (505) 425-8631 or by email at:
December 17 -- 5:00pm to 7:00pm Best Decorated Holiday Home -- Judging will begin at 5:00 pm. Houses and Store Fronts must be within the City Limits. Please include a map highlighting your address. For more information contact the Chamber of Commerce at (505)425-8631 or via email at .
December 17 -- 5:00pm to 7:00pm 6th Annual Luminarias Tour at the Villanueva State Park -- The Luminarias Tour at the Villanueva State Park is a beautiful sight to behold. It is an event that the entire family will enjoy and definately adds to the spirit of the season. The park is located off Interstate 25 (Exit 323) on State Highway 3. After you leave the Interstate, it is a 15 mile drive to the park. For more information call (575)421-2957 or check out the website at www.nmparks.com