HUFFINGTON POST
10/27/2011 05:27 pm ET | Updated Dec 24, 2011

Thanksgiving In New Mexico: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in New Mexico is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in New Mexico and one opportunity to give back to others.

New Mexico Thanksgiving Events Map

Turkey Trek


This Thanksgiving, pop that turkey in the oven and throw on some comfortable workout gear. Thanks to the annual Turkey Trek in Albuquerque, New Mexico, locals can work off some of those extra calories before they sit down for their turkey dinner. Running events include the 5K run or walk for adults and a 1K fun run for kids. Admission rates range from $10 for kids to $20 for adults. The event takes place in historic Old Town Albuquerque.

100 Silver Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Thanksgiving Weekend Winter Indian Market


After dining with family and friends this holiday, New Mexicans can pay tribute to the spirit of the very first Thanksgiving by honoring Native American culture. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts' (SWAIA) Winter Indian Market, held every year the weekend after Thanksgiving Day, features row after row of Native American art, handcrafted by more than 100 artists. (The larger Summer Indian Market, also run by SWAIA, features the work of more than 1,100 artists.) The fair, which dates back almost 100 years, also offers native cuisine, ranging from "Pueblo style oven bread and pies" to Navajo blue corn pancakes. Admission is free for this annual event, held at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

201 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe, NM 87501

Volunteer: Roadrunner Food Bank Holiday Food & Fund Drive


Every Thanksgiving season, from October through December, Albuquerque residents can volunteer both money and time to help bring food to 40,000 New Mexican families in need. The Holiday Food & Fund Drive, hosted by Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, asks businesses, individuals, schools and other organizations to gather nonperishable food for donation. The food is collected within barrels, which are distributed, and picked up once full, by Roadrunner Food Bank. The food is then meted out to hungry families throughout the year.

5840 Office Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In New Mexico: Video


The Santa Fe Winter Indian Market, held annually on Thanksgiving weekend, allows guests to learn more about Native American culture, sample cuisine and listen to tribal music.


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