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December & January Happenings

With Winter in full-swing and Christmas quite literally around the corner, don't miss out the following events happening in Raton and with our neighbors in the surrounding area!

Things to do near Raton, NM: Angel Fire Night Skiing

Angel Fire Night Skiing (Photo by Angel Fire Resort)


Friday Night Karaoke @ Gate City Craft Bar

TONIGHT - Friday, Dec. 22, 2023 at 7 p.m.

224 S 2nd St, Raton, NM 87740

Come sing along to your all-time favorite tunes in historic downtown Raton! Invite a friend and kick back with a beer in hand. 

Night Skiing @ Angel Fire Resort

TONIGHT - Friday, Dec. 22, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Enjoy the ONLY night skiing in New Mexico tonight! We kick off our first night skiing tonight, with the lights coming on and Lift 2 & Dreamcatcher lifts spinning from 4 PM - 7 PM.

Grab your family and friends and enjoy watching the sunset over the Moreno Valley and Wheeler Peak as you ski over 50 acres of terrain!

Hang with Santa at Hikers Coffee Co.

Saturday, Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon

Hikers Coffee Co

337 E 9th St, Cimarron, NM

Bring the kiddos to meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in Cimarron’s favorite watering hole! Put on your best ugly sweater, Christmas pajamas, or favorite Christmas fit to get the perfect pic. 

LTR @ Gate City Craft Bar

Saturday, Dec. 23 from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m.

244 S First St, Raton NM 87740

Come on down to Gate City Craft Bar for some fun and Christmas cheer with a few drinks to go around.

Karaoke at The Historic Icehouse

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023

945 S 2nd St, Raton, NM 87740

Let’s go get delicious BBQ, sing our hearts out, and laugh!

City of Bethlehem and Toyland Display

Apache Avenue and Climax Canyon

A long-standing tradition since the 1940s, The City of Bethlehem is a nativity display that you can drive through in Climax Canyon. Jump in the car to peruse through the story of Jesus while pointing out your favorite cartoon characters along Apache Avenue. 

Free Workshop - Making Little Blocks

Dec. 26, 2023 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Patchwork Phoenix

228 S 1st St. Raton, NM 87740

Want to learn how to sew? Or maybe start a new sewing project? Patchwork Phoenix is having a free workshop every Tuesday! And guess what? All materials and machines will be provided. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us!

Reading Ranger Program at the Library

Dec. 27, 2023  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Arthur Johnson Memorial Library

244 Cook Ave, Raton, NM 87740

We all like to hear a good story every now and then, right? Well you’re in luck–a ranger from Fort Union National Monument will be visiting our local library to do exactly that! People of 

all ages are welcome to sit and listen. Psst... I also heard there's going to be some arts and crafts, as well.

Classic Night at the Movies

Dec. 27, 2023 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Shuler Theater 

131 N 2nd St, Raton, NM 87740

Bring the family out to the showing of the 1982 Australian film “The Man from Snowy River.”

Admission is donation based and proceeds go to the Broncs of Blue Sky Animal Rescue Service! Donations big and small help!

New Years Eve @ Gate City Craft Bar

Dec. 31, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Gate City Craft Bar 

244 S 1st St, Raton, NM 87740

Calling all metal heads! Lets rock in the new year with live music from Cryptic Writings, Pulse, The Goat Hill Rebels, and P.F.G.O.T. Bring your family or a buddy out to head-bang your way into 2024!


The Polar Bear Plunge

Jan. 6, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Maloya - Sugarite Canyon State Park

Call 575.445.5607 for more information

Are you brave enough to take the plunge? Join the City of Raton and our daring participants on Saturday, January 6 to jump into the freezing waters of Lake Maloya!

Sunrise on Capulin

Jan. 13, 2024 at 6:30 a.m.

Capulin Volcano National Monument 

46 Volcano Hwy, Capulin, NM 88414

Call 575.278.2201 to reserve a spot

Take a hike on the Rim Trail to view our beautiful New Mexico sunrise! Bundle up because it is going to be chilly!

Winter Lovin’ Craft Fair

Jan. 28, 2024 at 11 a.m.

Raton Convention Center

901 S 3rd St, Raton, NM 87740

Go on down to the Convention Center for music from Beverly Baca, food, and over thirty vendors. There will be prizes at the door for patrons!

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