Susan's Christmas Shop

Susan's Christmas Shop


Dear friends, here are the latest wreaths for you to enjoy.Please contact me if necessary.Thank you and good luck.

Susan's Christmas Shop in Santa Fe offers the best selection of handmade Christmas ornaments and nativities since 1978. Susan's Christmas Shop sells distinctive hand made Christmas ornaments, and local and international nativities from an historic adobe room close to the plaza in the heart of Santa Fe.

Susan's Christmas Shop has hundreds of repeat customers who have been returning since 1978 for two reasons; they love her selections and they love the food at the The Shed Restaurant across Price Patio from her shop. One customer told Susan, "I have been shopping here since before your hair turned grey!"

Operating as usual

Christmas 2020 Remembered and the New Year of 2021

Christmas 2020 Remembered and the New Year of 2021 - January is here. A New Year has begun. We all hope it will be better than 2020. The shop kept me so busy during the Christmas season that it seemed that there was no time to write to you. Sales in the shop were augmented by an avalanche of website orders. (Thank you!)...

Peppermint Pigs 2020

Peppermint Pigs 2020 - Once upon a time, over a hundred and thirty years ago, a German candy maker in Saratoga County, New York made a peppermint pig to sell for the Christmas season. A pig is a symbol of good luck in Germany...

November Gratitude 2020

November Gratitude 2020 - November is the special month when Americans pause and are grateful. This year, that may mean we do not join family members who live elsewhere. My daughter, Melissa, and I will not drive to Albuquerque. Instead we will eat Thanksgiving Dinner at La Fonda the historic hotel at the end of the Santa Fe...

October in Santa Fe 2020

October in Santa Fe 2020 - Autumn is a splendid time in Santa Fe and we have been enjoying an extended “Indian Summer” this year, with changing leaves and cooler nights...


Our new super hot chile pepper glass ornament!! 😍 New Mexico Red Chile is so popular that many people like to put it on their Christmas tree. This new glass ornament representing a New Mexico red chile is bright, shiny, light weight, and beautifully shaped. Because it is glass and not a real chile, it will keep that look year after year. It is … ...

September Snow and The Shed

September Snow and The Shed - September brought very cold weather to Santa Fe. The temperature dropped 40 degrees from one day to the next. We woke up to see white snow on the green leaves of trees in my garden...

Santa Fe Summer 2020

Santa Fe Summer 2020 - This year is unlike any other, no matter where in this world you live. In Santa Fe, we were accustomed to come to the plaza early in the morning on the 4th of July for the annual Pancake Breakfast. We would all wear red, white, and blue.

June in Santa Fe 2020

June in Santa Fe 2020 - Good news! The Shed has reopened and so has Susan’s Christmas Shop. If you are lucky enough to be in Santa Fe for your “Number 4” at The Shed, you will notice a few changes...

In Memoriam

In Memoriam - It feels like summer in Santa Fe now. The Austrian Copper rose in my garden is lovely at dusk. My pink peony is beginning to open its large blossoms...

Spring and Summer Pewter Sale! | Susan's Christmas Shop

Susan accidentally ordered Spring and Summer painted pewter twice, not realizing we already had many of the styles in our inventory. To clear out the overstock, most of the painted pewter summer trees are now on sale at a 40% discount. Have fun! Gourgeous Spring and Summer painted German pewter Sale!

Mother's Day 2020

Mother's Day 2020 - May brings thoughts of Mothers and Grandmothers. My paternal grandmother left Sweden as a lovely young woman in 1911, seeking a life in the United States. She came on the steamship, the Lusitania, bringing her cooking skills. She studied at the Royal Cooking School in Stockholm. Once here in the Uni...

Blossoms and Camels 2020

Blossoms and Camels 2020 - Many of you are familiar with the driftwood angels and nativities by Louise Ortega, the youngest child of the late Ben Ortega. Years ago, one customer bought a Louise Ortega nativity mounted on a piece of driftwood...

Holy Week 2020

Holy Week 2020 - Holy Week is here. This year is certainly different. Some favorite New Mexico traditions like the pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayo, the Easter dances at the pueblos, and Easter Mass at Santa Ana Pueblo’s colonial adobe church, will not occur...

Pueblo Easter 2020

Pueblo Easter 2020 - Signs of spring are beginning to appear in Santa Fe. There’s an apricot tree in bloom on my way to the plaza...

Spring in Santa Fe 2020

Spring in Santa Fe 2020 - Spring is officially here. I hope its arrival find you well, even though we are now housebound and washing our hands and wearing masks. Here are some photos taken before my shop had to close its doors. Perhaps they will brighten your day.

Easter is Coming 2020

Easter is Coming 2020 - The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are white with fresh fallen snow this morning. Early blooming flowers are appearing in Santa Fe in traffic medians and inside Sena Plaza, just east of my shop. Spring will soon be here.

Nürnberg 2020

Nürnberg 2020 - Frankfurt am Main is a very large city, but for me, it feels like going home. It is where I graduated from an American High School many years ago, where I saw my first opera, and where ChristmasWorld is held at the Messe. It is the largest wholesale Christmas show in the world.

Germany 2020

Germany 2020 - You have read about my recent time in Aachen, Germany at the World Congress of Nativity Collectors and various places in Spain with my family. This letter is a continuation of The Adventures of Susan.

Spain 2020

Spain 2020 - Travel can be an adventure, especially my travel. My last letter to you described my late flight from the Maastricht airport in Germany and its arrival in Murcia, Spain after 1:00 AM. My son, Andrew, and my Spanish daughter-in-law, Maribel, drove me to Alicante, where they live. We finally fell into...

2020 World Congress Aachen, Germany

2020 World Congress Aachen, Germany - Every four years, there is a World Congress of Nativity Collectors. To attend, you must be a member of a national club of collectors. In the United States and Canada, that club is Friends of the Creche. Last month, the World Congress was held in Aachen, Germany and I was there. Aachen is the largest...

King’s Day 2020

King’s Day 2020 - Christmas lasts till Epiphany, January 6th, in my personal calendar. In New Mexico, we call it “King’s Day”. I like to go to Jemez Pueblo on that day, because they do a magnificent buffalo dance and it is the last day of Bethlehem.

Guadalupe Day 2019

Guadalupe Day 2019 - December 12th is the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In New Mexico’s colonial days, this day marked the beginning of the Christmas season. I like to go to Jemez Pueblo on that day, to see the Matachines Dance. I’m very fond of that dance, and in my opinion, no one does it better.

December Doings

December Doings - “Land of Enchanting Nativities” was the national biennial convention of Friends of the Creche, an American and Canadian club for people interested in nativities. I was the official hostess. The focus of the convention was southwest nativities.

New Mexico Folk Art Market

We have a few spaces open for our Nothing but Nativities show. if you have Christmas works, especially Nativities, we are interested in your work. You will be part of a pop show we are doing in Santa Fe on Nov. 8th at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe from 12 - 5. Showcasing to over 150 collectors of Nativity scenes.
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Land of Enchanting Nativities: A Biennial Convention of Friends of the Crèche. November 8-12, 2019 | Susan's Christmas Shop

Friends of the Crèche is a national American and Canadian club for people interested in nativities. It has had biennial conventions since 2001. Santa Fe will be the location of the next biennial convention this November.
We invite you to attend! Land of Enchanting Nativities: A Biennial Convention of Friends of the Creche. November 8-12, 2019. We invite you to attend!

Hot Air Balloon | Susan's Christmas Shop

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is behind the corner! Come check our new Hot Air Balloon glass ornaments...

Summer’s End 2019

Summer’s End 2019 - Summer is coming to an end in northern New Mexico. This means the tall and glorious Maxmillian sunflowers are blooming in my back yard. It also means that Santo Domingo Pueblo has its Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair.

“September Eleven” Eighteen Years Later

“September Eleven” Eighteen Years Later - The sad anniversary of a day when close to 3,000 innocent people died brings my own personal memories. After the shocking news of the attack, I felt a need to pay my respects to those who had died.

Zia Feast Day 2019

Zia Feast Day 2019 - August brings several pueblo feast days. It is my great pleasure to attend these occasions, renew old friendships, and discover new ones. Zia Pueblo is the first pueblo I ever visited as an adult, so my friendships there began in 1963.

D Day

D Day - About ten days ago, we had such extremely strong spring winds here in Santa Fe that my heavy shop sign, hanging by chains under the portal, was swinging wildly. The wooden sign that my brother made for me forty years ago, when my shop was new, was taken down because we thought it might fall and hurt...

Land of Enchanting Nativities: A Biennial Convention of Friends of the Crèche. November 8-12, 2019 | Susan's Christmas Shop

Friends of the Crèche is a national American and Canadian club for people interested in nativities. It has had biennial conventions since 2001. Santa Fe will be the location of the next biennial convention this November. We invite you to attend! Land of Enchanting Nativities: A Biennial Convention of Friends of the Creche. November 8-12, 2019. We invite you to attend!

May Blows Away

May Blows Away - The month of May is blowing away in the strong spring winds we always have in Santa Fe, but gardeners are optimists at heart.

May in New Mexico

May in New Mexico - May has arrived, bringing the San Felipe Feast Day on May 1st. It was a pleasure to see so many dancers participating in the Corn Dance, so many that the two lines of dancers coiled around inside the relatively small, square plaza.

April and Approaching Easter 2019

April and Approaching Easter 2019 - Santa Ana Pueblo is close to Bernalillo, which is north of Albuquerque. The old pueblo has an adobe church from the Spanish Colonial days. For the past few years, I have been going to Mass at this church on Easter Sunday for the pleasure of being inside its thick adobe walls and gazing at its Spanis...

Easter 2019 in Santa Fe | Susan's Christmas Shop

Susan’s Christmas Shop is filling up with decorated eggs and other Easter items!

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115 E Palace Ave
Santa Fe, NM

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 21:00
Thursday 10:00 - 21:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 21:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
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