The southwest is a region well known for its beautiful arts and vibrant culture. Both Albuquerque and Santa Fe rank as top arts destinations, offering a varied abundance for anyone seeking traditional or contemporary art and culture. While Santa Fe is certainly home to some of the world’s best arts and crafts markets, there is a smaller and more intimate holiday craft market located midway between both cities that is worth visiting. The Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale is an annual tradition held in the charming town of Placitas each year, during the weekend before Thanksgiving. This fantastic arts and crafts market features painters, printmakers, ceramic and glass artists, woodworkers, silk painters, photographers, gourd artists, jewelers, metal artists, and so much more. Located just a short drive from Placitas, Hacienda Vargas is the perfect place for you to stay while you get a jump on your holiday shopping at this friendly arts and crafts sale.
Placitas Holiday Sale
This year marks the 32nd annual Placitas holiday sale, which is a juried art festival with an excellent reputation for high quality fine arts and crafts, good food, fine wine, and lots of fun. Enjoy the warm hospitality as you transition into the holiday season of shopping, talking with the 80+ artists amidst the creative wonders of the Placitas holiday Sale. This year, 16 of the artists are from Placitas itself, and 13 new artists join the Placitas holiday sale. This year, artists will donate money earned from the raffle to the Arts in the School program, which helps to supply the Placitas Elementary School with art supplies. These talented artists will fill the three locations in the beautiful historic village of Placitas with a wide array of art, from homemade holiday gifts to colorful creations perfect for anyone on your holiday shopping list this year.
Site #1 of the Placitas holiday sale is on the beautiful grounds of the Anasazi Fields Winery. Here, you can take in the stunning views of their vineyards and orchards while shopping among many favorite artists featuring jewelry, drawings, hand carved and painted furniture, and other hand-carved sculptures. While there, don’t miss your chance to sample their American Cranberry Table Wine, and sample some of the delicious food from the various vendors. The second location of the Placitas holiday sale is The Big Tent east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. Here, you’ll find stunning examples of local photography, jewelry, and paintings. The final site is The Placitas Elementary School, which is the largest of the venues, housing almost 50 arists. Some of the favorite arts sure to be found here include functional wood art, pottery and ceramics, holiday decor, and so much more. Each site will feature a delicious selection of food-vendors from local businesses, adding to the festive environment of the Placitas holiday sale. When you’ve fulfilled all of your shopping desires, come back to the comforts of home and the sights, sounds, and scents of New Mexico at the Hacienda Vargas.