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The 29th Annual Madrid Christmas Open House

Nov 10, 2011

Experience the 29th Annual Madrid Christmas Open House. Festivities Each Weekend 'til Christmas. Christmas Parade ~Saturday, December 3rd at 4 PM.
Businesses Open Late on Saturday Evenings & All Day Sundays. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Clausin the Town of Lights. Stagecoach Rides on Weekends (weather permitting).

Please join us again this year in Madrid, "New Mexico's Christmas Town", as we celebrate our 29th Annual Madrid Christmas Open House. Festivities begin on Saturday, December 3rd with businesses offering the holiday visitor free hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Throughout the day we invite you to enjoy our festive atmosphere. Activities to include "First Saturday" art reception, 3-5pm at the Johnsons of Madrid Galleries, the Annual Madrid Christmas Parade at 4pm, followed by our display of Christmas lights. The Mine Shaft Tavern will be exhibiting new works of art by Ken Wolverton and his restoration of the famous mural by Ross Ward, “Cultural Gem of the Mining District”, with live music by Madrid’s own bluegrass band, The Family Coal from 7-11pm.

Each weekend until Christmas, businesses will be open late on Saturday evenings and all day Sundays. Bring the family and visit with Santa as you stroll down our historic village. Madrid's community Christmas tree will be on display at Maggie's Diner, the original Wild Hog's movie set. Several restaurants will be serving special menus and the Mine Shaft Tavern will have live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Gene Corbin will be doing a very special Christmas Day with holiday music.

Madrid has a long history associated with decorating the town at Christmas time. Beginning in the 1920's through the 1950's, Madrid was a flourishing coal mining town of 4,000 people! The holidays were a time when the company-owned town could show off its electrical power, as they displayed more than 100,000 lights. The illuminated hillsides were filled with Christmas scenes and our current holiday cutouts continue the wonderful tradition.

Enjoy this holiday season and visit Madrid's unique, creative community of more than 40 shops and galleries, representing 100's of artists and offering unique & authentic fine art, crafts, jewelry, dining and much more.

Look for Santa each weekend on the Main Street of Madrid. It's a great opportunity for a holiday photo. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!
Sponsored by the Madrid Merchants Association.

For questions, please email Jane Cassidy @ or call Melinda at 505-474-0344, or see the websites below.
http://www.VisitMadridnm.com http://www.TheMineShaftTavern.com http://www.madridculturalprojects.info/

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