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After next week’s Thanksgiving feast is over, shake off your food hangover and head out for some post-Thanksgiving fun. Whether you have a houseful of guests to entertain or simply want something cool to do with your beloved that doesn’t involve Black Friday madness, Santa Fe’s got you covered. You’ll find deliciously different things to do, from the world’s most popular interactive fun house to a restaurant full of singing waiters and an annual ceremony of holiday lights.

A Walk on the Wild Side

If you haven’t yet been, Meow Wolf’s “House of Eternal Ruin” is a wildly inventive wonderland of fun for all ages. You’ll climb and crawl your way through an old Victorian house, sifting through clues to solve the mind-bending mystery of the resident family that’s gone missing, caught in some kind of multiverse. One of Santa Fe’s most popular attractions, the exhibit was created by a collaborative group of artists backed by “Game of Thrones” author and Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin.

All of that exploring is bound to whet your whistle and that you can do at Meow Wolf’s Float Cafe & Bar, which offers coffee drinks, tea, health shakes and zany cocktail drinks, after 4 pm, that pay tribute to “the multiverse.” Your adult beverage might include lavender foam, lumpy marshmallows, an edible eyeball (lychee) and absinthe drinks poured through a cloud of cotton candy, all perfectly appropriate for the house that Meow Wolf built. You can grab a snack here—pastries, cookies, rice crispy treats, hummus and guacamole snack packs—or outside at one of the food trucks.


It’s always show time at La Cantina at La Casa Sena, where an enthusiastic group of singing waiters, accompanied by one of Santa Fe’s acclaimed pianists, will serenade you with Broadway and Disney show tunes, jazz and other popular music as they serve you dinner. You might hear songs written by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, or Andrew Lloyd Weber as you feast on steamed black mussels or wasabi sesame-crusted Ahi tun for starters. For entrees, enjoy grilled elk tenderloin or pistachio-crusted Colorado lamb while listening to a song from “Cats,” “Phantom of the Opera,” or “Chicago.” It’s a great place to be if you’re missing Broadway or if you’re in need of a little night music to dine by.

A Recipe for Restoration

If you need to recover from hours in the kitchen prepping stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and a variety of pies, not to mention basting the turkey, take a trip to the Inn and Spa at Loretto. You’ll restore your body, mind and spirit with an array of spa services and sate your appetite with a meal at Luminaria, now helmed by acclaimed Chef Sean Sinclair.

Start at the spa, chosen by USA Today as one of the top hotel spas in the country. Treat yourself to the Sacred Stone Massage, featuring heated volcanic river stones that to soothe your sore muscles and achieve deep relaxation. Or, choose the Sole Revival Massage, which focuses on the reflex points of your tired feet and lower legs. For a luxuriating experience, try the Milk & Honey Body Wrap, which combines an exfoliating sugar scrub with a body mask of honey and coconut-infused milk. The Café Olé offers an Indonesian coffee scrub combined with vitamin-rich body cream. You could also choose to spend the full day here, indulging in an array of rituals, treatments and more. To see what entices you, check the spa menu here.

When you’re utterly relaxed and your thoughts turn to food, you won’t have to walk far to the hotel’s restaurant. Luminaria, serves lunch and dinner and the globally-inspired menu includes a comforting tortilla soup with chicken, corn and avocado; a heavenly pumpkin risotto; grilled Scottish salmon; honey-glazed duck with lavender; and other inventive dishes.

Let There Be Lights

For a hefty dose of holiday spirit, head to the Santa Fe Plaza the Friday after Thanksgiving. The annual Holiday Lighting on the Plaza, a beloved tradition with locals and visitors, kicks off around 3:30 pm, when Girl Scouts will start to sell their famous cookies and hot chocolate will be available to keep you warm. Live music from the bandstand includes brass ensembles, bands and local choirs, along with Native dancers. Look for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive on a vintage fire truck around 4 pm, followed by the lighting of more than a thousand farolitos around 4:30 pm. Then, at 6 pm, the holiday lights will suddenly illuminate the Plaza, filling hearts and souls with the spirit of the season. I hope to see you there!

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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