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Land of Enchanting Nativities

Land of Enchanting Nativities: A Biennial Convention of Friends of the Crèche

CONVENTION: November 8–12, $250

Exhibit and nativity markets free to the public on Sunday.

La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, susanschristmasshop.com

Every other year, American and Canadian club Friends of the Crèche hosts a convention focused on the nativity scene. This year’s convention is happening right here in Santa Fe—called Land of Enchanting Nativities, it focuses on nativities of the American Southwest. A special exhibit of Southwestern nativities, open to the general public on the afternoon of Sunday, November 10, fills the mezzanine of La Fonda on the Plaza. Pueblo and Navajo artists also sell nativities to the public at that time. 

The convention begins on Friday, November 8, with an evening reception at the Museum of International Folk Art. While enjoying food and live music, participants can view the Alexander Girard exhibit, which contains many of the nativities the designer and architect collected throughout his life. The following day, Saturday, Santa Fe mayor Alan Webber gives a proclamation at La Fonda’s ballroom. The mayor of Belén, New Mexico, talks about defending the public nativity in his town—Belén is “Bethlehem” in Spanish. After morning talks from numerous nativity artists and experts, participants will watch a Spanish Colonial Christmas play put on by actors from Belén. More talks happen on Sunday, as do nativity markets and artist demonstrations at La Fonda.

Above: A nativity by Nicolas Otero will be on display at the Land of Enchanting Nativities special exhibition at La Fonda on the Plaza.