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Winter Glow Holiday Stroll on Museum Hill
Performance Holiday Family

Winter Glow Holiday Stroll on Museum Hill

December 15, 2023
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a delightful winter celebration at the Museum of International Folk and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Admission to both museums will be free from 4 pm - 7 pm.

Join us for a short play in Spanish of La Pastorela Cómica at 5pm in the Vernick Auditorium. 

From 4:30- 6:30 visitors can create their own holiday cards and enjoy hot cider and ginger cookies in the Atrium.

Los Pastores o Pastorelas, is a popular holiday drama that has survived the ages. Nearly every cultural group in Santa Fe has performed the holiday rite at one time or another. Community groups gather each year to perform renditions of Los Pastores. The holiday drama came to the New World in the late 16th century with the Spanish missionaries. It carried on primarily through oral tradition among families in Mexico and the American Southwest.

Audiences laugh and clap during a traditional holiday play known as a pastorela, a retelling of the birth of Christ with a comic slant complete with mariachi music and elaborate costumes. Although pastorelas depict the Christian nativity, they include the perils of a group of shepherds, the devil, and angels in a scene of satirical twist.  The short play is presented in Spanish.

Directed and produced by Thelma Arguello, Grupo Coreográfico Leyendas. Dance choreography by Xóchitl Ehrl’s Ballet Folklorico de mi Pueblo and Antonina Romp’s Los Niños de Santa Fe.  Staging, light, and sound by Teatro Paraguas.

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