Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Santa Fe Celebration.

* The City Different commemorates Christmas in its unique way

Peace and tranquility highlighted the weekend before Christmas in Santa Fe.

At Tony Lopez's home on Avenida de las Alturas, passersby strolled past his manger scene Saturday, complete with live animals.

Sunday, hot beverages were the order of the evening on Canyon Road.

The expected crowd of thousands appeared on Christmas Eve to stroll past farolito displays, lights and bonfires. Police sealed off side streets as the numbers grew. The crowd, at least those who turned out early in the evening, appeared well behaved.

Some Canyon Road residents had expressed regrets that the event had grown too large and attracted some unruly behavior. …

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