Better stake out the primo spot in the base area - beginning at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve - when the [R454R, Taos] Torchlight Parade takes center stage. Watch as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares as their only means of light. There will also be a New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display starting at 6 p.m. at the base of lift #1.

Then hobble over to the Martini Tree Bar to celebrate New Year's immediately following the fireworks. Omar Rane's Monkey Feeders will kick-off the New Year party in the Martini Tree Bar starting at 9 p.m. Rock out all night long and ring in the New Year's with Taos' favorite...Tabularasa. Doors open at 8 p.m. $20 at the door for this 21 and over show.

[R14R, Angel Fire] also lights up with torchlight parades and fireworks Dec. 24 and New Year's Eve. Don't forget to look for Santa Dec. 23-Dec. 25; he says he'd love to take a run with you.

Finally, celebrate Feliz Navidad in [R366R, Sipapu]. An annual tradition at the resort, the Christmas Eve party includes free finger food from the Riverside Café (including Green Chile Stew, Posole, Tortillas, Chips and Salsa), Christmas cookie decorating, and tree trimming. So, bring your family for this festive holiday event Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. New Year's is also unique when you visit the Riverside Café. The Café, hailed as New Mexico's best riverside dining, will remain open extra-late in celebration of the New Year. Stop by for dinner, dessert or a drink - here's to another great year. Call 800-587-224 for further information.

Visit's 2008 Holiday Guide for a library of news stories and features about special holiday events from visits by Santa (even his reindeer) to where the best parties are planned for New Year's Eve at the world's mountain resorts.