Annual Holiday Open House
The Holiday Open House is a round-robin of puppet plays, art making projects, photos with Santa Claus, and other activities.
Marionette plays "A Party for Papa Gus" at 1-1:30pm and 2:30pm - 3pm St. Francis Auditorium
Teatro Duende presents a little skit by the Marionettes: Juan, Rosina and Miguelito try very hard to get ready for a party, but rascally Warts keeps causing trouble! Puppeteers Joy Ginther, Danielle Reddick, Warren Houghteling, Melissa Heiman and Westin McDowell. Directed by Barbara Hatch.
Make Your Own Stick Puppet 1-4pm Main Lobby
Roni Rohr and friends help children of all ages create their own puppet character.
Puppet Theater Playhouse 1-4pm (Roland Gallery) 2nd Floor
See the exhibition Gustave Baumann and New Mexico and bring the puppet you make upstairs to perform in the puppet theater playhouse. Led by Master of Ceremonies Shawna Yambire.
Find Freckles 1-4pm Rear Lobby
Freckles is hiding in the museum. Pick up the clues that will lead you through the galleries to find him and win a prize!
A Little Chat with the Marionettes 1:30-2pm St. Francis Auditorium
Museum Educator Sara Van Note takes children’s questions for the marionettes, and for the puppeteers too!
Selfies with Santa! 2:00 – 2:30 PM and 3:00 – 3:30 PM St. Francis Auditorium
Get your picture taken with Santa on your lap! It’s a photo opportunity with the Baumann Santa Claus marionette, for children of all ages. Parents, have your camera ready! Led by Puppeteer Danielle Reddick.
Say Goodnight to the Marionettes 3:30pm-4pm St. Francis Auditorium
Help tuck the marionettes into their boxes.
Holiday music performed by a capella group, Barbershop Sounds
Formerly members of the Sweet Adelines International, Barbershop Sounds consists of four Santa Fe-based singers for whom entertaining is their "other life" passion, as well as their avocation. All have also been active and known locally in both their far-ranging professional endeavors, family lives, and community service commitments. Masako Drugan is the "lead", singing the "melody"; while Terese Sanchez (tenor), Bess Harris (baritone), and Jo Snyder (bass) provide the "flavor", rounding out the familiar songs. Their choice of selections is from historic to nostalgic to popular - and for Christmastime, it’s guaranteed that you will know many of their pieces." Singing along" is not only welcome, but encouraged!
For a short video about the puppet plays, click here.