Holiday Arts & Crafts Markets in Santa Fe

It’s the time of the year when we’re all trying to find the perfect holiday gift for each member of the family, a friend, a white elephant, for your boss… It’s a hard thing to do, and if you’re like us it’s a stressful time to find that special something for the one who has it all (ummm dad?). Luckily, Santa Fe is a pretty good place when it comes to arts and crafts – with it being the 3rd art market in the U.S. and all we should be able to find a gift or two, right!?? right?

Well, to make things easy for you and I, the ArtWalk Santa Fe team decided to put this little blog together with a list of the Santa Fe holiday markets coming up… and if you happen to find that special gift, make sure to share it with us in the comments section or tag us in Instagram! Maybe it’ll inspire us or someone else out there…


Of course we had to start with our own holiday market! We’re super excited to partner once more with the Santa Fe Brewing Company, this time for their tree lighting celebration. Expect 20+ NM emerging artists, ornament decorating, live music, food from Fusion Tacos, and more.

Saturday, December 4

Noon – 6pm @ Santa Fe Brewing Company HQ (35 Fire Pl.)


If you’re a fan of colonial-style Spanish art like retablos, embellished rosaries, religious décor, etc., the much beloved Spanish Market will be hosting a winter market with many of their juried artist.

Friday, December 3 from 1pm to 9pm

Saturday, December 4 from 9am to 5pm

@ Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Church (11 College Ave.)


If the art at the annual Currents New Media festival is any indication, we would expect to find really interesting gifts at this new Winter Artisan Market, taking place at their headquarters in Canyon Rd. They’ll be sharing the list of artisans and vendors soon and we can’t wait to find out who will be there, so follow them in social media at @currentsnewmedia.

Saturday, December 4

11am – 5pm @ Currents 826 (826 Canyon Rd.)


A very cool alternative to the regular holiday shopping, this mercado lets you buy, trade and barter with BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists. Hosted at Wise Fool and organized by Alas de Agua, this is a “gente-fication/”people-fication” event.

Sunday, December 5

11am – 2pm @ Wise Fool (1131 Siler Rd. Suite B)


After being 100% virtual in 2020 due to COVID, String of Lights is coming back this year with 35+ artists. This wonderful market, which used to be hosted at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion, will now take place at Tumbleroot, who just opened fully to the public like last week or so. If you attended any of the past String of Lights events, you know its going to be full of talented artists selling all sorts of New Mexico-themed gifts (the Zia earrings are a hit!). Plus they’re bringing Santa back!

Sunday, December 12

1-6 pm @ Tumbleroot Brewery


The new Bosque Brewing Co. at the Santa Fe Railyard is putting together their first mini holiday market with 5+ local vendors, hot cocoa and treats for purchase. It’ll take place during Saturday’s farmer’s market. This could be a great opportunity to try the food and drinks at the brewery – which we haven’t done yet but have heard good things about it.

Saturday, December 11

11 am – 2 pm @ Bosque Brewing Co. (1607 Alcaldesa St. Suite B)


We personally loooooove Vital Spaces. Not only is it a great organization helping local artists have an affordable space to do their thing, but their monthly art closet provides free supplies for the community – encouraging everyone to unleash their inner creative. If the quality of their residents tells us anything, is that this makers market is going to be amazing!

Friday, December 17

5-9 pm @ Farmers’ Market Pavilion


ArtWalk Santa Fe teams up with Teatro Paraguas for their second ArtWalk of the season! With 15+ local artists, food trucks, face painting, and other kid-friendly activities to complement a very special performance of Teatro Paraguas’ “A Musical Pinata for Christmas,” their annual community celebration. The festivities begin in Teatro Paraguas’ 2nd Space at 12 noon. Teatro Paraguas performs at 3:00 p.m. on the Mainstage.

Saturday, December 18

Noon – 5pm @ Teatro Paraguas (3205 Calle Marie)


Arts & Crafts Fair by Enchantment Eleven

November 27, Noon – 4pm @ 2873 Trades West Rd.

Nifty Gift Show

December 3, 4 – 7pm @ Studio WFC (815 Early St., Unit D)

Case Trading Post’s Holiday Art Market

November 27, 9am – 4pm @ Wheelwright Museum (704 Camino Lejo)

We’ll continue to update this blog post as more markets are announced, plus we have our own holiday markets to announced so stay tuned!

By Alex Streeper, ArtWalk Santa Fe co-founder

How To: Turn Art Into a Business in New Mexico

So, you’re an artist who’s looking to take things to the next level? Well, there’s a lot to consider and this is in no way a completely comprehensive guide, but here’s some information to get you started:

What is a professional artist? Is that different than just making art?

A professional artist (emerging or established) is someone who has turned their creative passion and hobby of creation and monetized it. You can be an artist who sells art via websites like Etsy or at a local art market (like ArtWalk Santa Fe!). Regardless, if you’d like to turn your art into a business, the following information might be useful to you.

So, what would transitioning into a business look like?

The following steps explain what you’d need to become a business in New Mexico:

  • Choose a business entity type and register your business with the Secretary of State to obtain a business license;
  • Obtain Tax ID Numbers;
  • Obtaining a CRS Number in New Mexico

Choose a Business Entity Type and Register Your Business

The entity type you choose will affect how your business is taxed, your ability to obtain financing, the transfer of assets and ownership interests, how you manage and run your business and your personal liability. You should consider getting legal advise and financial advice for guidance on determining which entity type is best for you. Depending on the entity type you choose you MAY be required to register your business with the Office of the Secretary of State;

  • Entities Requiring Registration: Profit Corporations, Professional Corporations and Associations, Nonprofit Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLC).
  • Entity that May Register: General Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) and Limited Liability Limited Partnerships (LLLP) are not required to register with the Secretary of State, however they may register if they wish to.
  • Entity Not Requiring Registration: Sole proprietorships (a good start for an artist!)

Choosing a type of business entity now does not mean you are locked in to that forever – you may start as a sole proprietorship when it’s just yourself doing everything, and eventually grow into an LLC, for example.

Sole Proprietorship:

For artists just starting, a sole proprietorship is easy to establish and gives you complete control of your business. You’re automatically considered to be a sole proprietorship if you do business activities, but DON’T REGISTER as any other kind of business. Sole proprietorships DO NOT produce a separate business entity. This means your business assets and liabilities are not separate from your personal assets and liabilities. You can be held personally liable for the debts and obligations of the business. Sole proprietorships can be a good choice for low-risk businesses and owners who want to test their business idea before forming a more formal business.

Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships:

All Corporations, LLCs, and Partnerships must first register with the Secretary of State. You can register LLCs online, but partnerships and corporations registration forms must be completed and submitted via mail or in person. If you are unsure, please consult a CPA or attorney. Forms available for registering your business are all accessible through the Secretary of State website https://
. Once you have decided on your type of business, you can proceed to register your business here (watching the “How to File online for Domestic Limited Liability Company” video at the bottom of the page really helps in figuring out the website). Rates can be found on page 3 of this document.

Learn more about Entity Types/Business Structures here:

Screenshot of the log in page for the New Mexico Secretary of State's Corporations and Business Services page to register a business

Obtain Tax ID Numbers

Federal Tax ID Number (EIN):

A Federal Tax ID Number known as an Employer Identification Number (EIN), is used to identify a business entity. Any entity other than a sole proprietor/individual owner that does not have employees must obtain a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN or EIN, same thing). You need it to pay federal taxes, hire employees, open a bank account, and apply for business licenses and permits. It’s free to apply for an EIN, and you should do it right after you register your business. You must apply for this through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) online. More information and a link to apply online can be found at

State Tax ID Number (CRS)

Anyone who engages in business in New Mexico must register with the Taxation and Revenue Department at no cost. Some exceptions are made if your business is exempt from gross receipts, withholding, or compensating by state law. After registering and choosing a filing frequency you will receive a New Mexico tax identification number known as a CRS Identification Number. This number is used to report and pay state and local gross receipts tax, New Mexico withholding tax and compensating tax under the Combined Reporting System (CRS). Your filing frequency refers to the frequency at which you need to make withholding tax payments to the agency. Learn more and follow the steps to apply for a CRS number at (and you can actually apply at **Vending in many public locations such as city spaces and at the Railyard require you to have a CRS number as part of their permitting process.**

Note: Keep in mind that when registering for a CRS number, the system will ask you how often you will file your state tax returns (filing frequency). You can choose from several options like annually, quarterly, monthly, etc. The gross receipt tax in Santa Fe is the 8.4375% you see added to sales, so make sure to include it in your prices!

NM Taxation & Revenue homepage
New Mexico Taxation & Revenue “Apply for a New Mexico Business Tax ID” page

Please note that this blog post does not constitute legal counsel or is meant to be a substitute for legal advice. This blog post was designed to be a general guide of the steps someone might need to take to become an art business in New Mexico. Please seek legal and tax advice if you have any questions or need assistance.


NM Secretary of State, Corporation and Business Services:

U.S. Small Business Administration, Choose a business structure:

State of New Mexico’s Business Services Division, Steps to Starting a Business:

IRS, Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online:

New Mexico Taxation and Revenue, Who must register a business?: