Christmas at Sipapu

Skiing + Sipapu + Christmas = Magic

We think spending the holidays slopeside making turns and memories with your family is an incredible way to celebrate. 

Christmas runs deep at Sipapu, with families returning year after year to spend the holidays with us. It feels idyllic, with our snow-covered slopes and the gentle running of the Rio Pueblo providing the perfect backdrop for a holiday getaway. 

The elk in the lodge sports a Santa hat and Christmas trees fill the room, along with the twinkling of lights and a roaring fire. Our Annual Christmas Eve Party features holiday music plus FREE s’mores out on the riverside patio. Inside the lodge, we’ll be serving up a New Mexico tradition: posole, a pork stew with hominy and green chile, plus tortillas. And, tell the kids not to worry – Santa will stop by for a quick visit before he begins his Christmas rounds, and he doesn’t skip Sipapu, even if you’re on vacation. 

On Christmas Day, the lodge will have a delicious breakfast until 11, followed by a full Christmas dinner available with all the trimmings, with an afternoon of skiing on tap to make room for pumpkin pie. Christmas night, bring a Roku or Fire Stick, or an HDMI cord that connects to your phone, and stream your family’s favorite movie, such as “Elf” or “Christmas Vacation.” 

Coming to Sipapu for Christmas? Here are some more ideas to make it extra special.

  1. Go Caroling! The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! 
  2. Begin a Farkle Family Tradition for Christmas Eve and crown a new champion every year. 
  3. Bring a gingerbread house kit (or several if you’re with a few families) and compete for the best decorated houses.
  4. Make origami ornaments to dress up your accommodations. 
  5. Christmas Karaoke either with an app from your phone, or a handy portable microphone like this one. 
  6. Borrow a board game from the Reservations Desk. 
  7. Go for a late night walk in the glistening snow and peaceful stars. 
  8. Attend a local Christmas mass or service or a very special service at one of the historic churches in the area, such as the one at Sanctuario de Chimayo at noon on Christmas Day or the Christmas Eve service at First Baptist Taos. 
  9. Attend the Christmas Eve procession at Taos Pueblo with Mass at 5 pm and bonfires after. 
  10. Bring small gifts to fill a ski sock as a stocking (make sure it’s a clean one!).

Most of all, have fun and enjoy the mountain. It’s a joy to share Christmas and the holidays with everyone who calls Sipapu home even for a brief time this holiday season.