The Lighting of Ledoux Street is a charming event that happens in Taos at the beginning of every holiday season. It follows closely behind the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, which is held in Taos Plaza every year. A third holiday tradition, which happens during the second weekend in December, is Bonfires on Bent Street during which fire pits are set up between the John Dunn Shops. The Town of Taos is truly aglow for the holidays.
This year, the Lighting of Ledoux took place on Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Farolitos, or luminaria as they are called outside of New Mexico, were set up along the sides of historic Ledoux Street at on most of its buildings. The street was closed off to automobiles and people strolled through the festive scene.
Adding to the holiday spirit at different points along the street were stations where different types of refreshments were given away. The first station was at the East end of Ledoux Street where a man gave out cups of hot sausage soup. The soup warmed me up on the inside before making the walk down the Ledoux Street during the chilly December night. At another station, which was in the courtyard outside of Salon Marjorie, there were marshmallows on sticks that were placed in a planter from which people drew them for roasting over a fire.
On the West end of Ledoux Street, a crowd gathered in front of the Harwood Museum where there was a long table set up with many different kinds of cookies and other sweets, such as biscochitos, shortbread, and brownies. At the end of the table, hot cider was given away.
A bag pipe player added to the ambience as he piped Christmas carols into the night air.
The event definitely set the tone for the holidays in Taos. It brought together the community for a night of simple beauty and Yuletide cheer.
Blogpost and photos by Beth Dobos