Santa Fe Zozobra stands tall before burning away the gloom
Zozobra stands tall

Santa Fe is well known for artistic and cultural celebrations year-round, but there’s one in particular that stands out above the rest (quite literally at 50 feet tall!). For 99 incredible years, the historical tradition of Zozobra has graced the city, marking the end of summer with an unforgettable burst of sparks, culture, and tradition, along with a hopeful release of anguish, anxiety, and gloom for the upcoming year.

Since its humble beginnings in 1924, Zozobra has mesmerized crowds with its spectacle. Now, you can join in on the magic with us. A Vacation Different welcomes you to indulge in this unique cultural journey from the comfort of our Santa Fe vacation rentals!

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Tracing its roots back to the creative ingenuity of artist Will Shuster in 1924, "Old Man Gloom," as the community lovingly calls the display, embodies tradition mixed with innovation. Shuster's vision was nothing short of transformative: to create an effigy that would become a vessel for letting go of the past year's glooms, burdens, and worries and paving the way for renewal and a hopeful year ahead.

A close-up of Old Man Gloom in Santa Fe
Old Man Gloom up-close and personal

Burn Away the Gloom

Imagine a colossal, 50-foot-tall creature filled with a treasure trove of emotions and memories. Meet Zozobra - the legendary figure brims with thousands of paper "glooms," each representing a piece of the past – love letters, divorce papers, forgotten dreams, old grudges, and more. As this New Mexico icon turns to flames, the glooms transform into smoke, disappearing forever into the night sky. Zozobra gives a chance for a deep, collective exhale and an opportunity to dream for the year ahead. Zozobra is a cathartic experience second to none. It symbolizes the act of releasing the burdens that weigh us down, making way for a brighter future.

Burning Zozobra in Santa Fe
Burning away the gloom for a fresh start

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2023: A Year of Nostalgia and Celebration

This year, Zozobra returns with an electrifying tribute to the past. As part of the Decades Project, 2023 takes us on a journey through time, transporting us back to the vibrant 2000s and 2010s. Breathe in the nostalgia as the essence of these two iconic decades infuses the air, creating a melody of memories and moments that have shaped our modern world and the not-so-distant memories that have shaped our lives. The official 2023 Zozobra event schedule can be found here, along with event FAQ's and a link to purchase tickets. 2024 will mark 100 years of Zozobra, and trust we will have your accommodation needs sorted if you're an early planner!

Crowd gathering for Santa Fe's Zozobra burn
The crowd gathers for an unforgettable burning of Zozobra

Your Luxury Retreat Awaits

After immersing yourself in the exhilaration of Zozobra, surrounded by Santa Fe’s warm, welcoming community, retreat to the lap of luxury with our unparalleled Santa Fe vacation rentals. Indulge in adobe-styled havens or modern desert escapes, each designed to provide you with the utmost comfort, convenience, and relaxation. From picturesque views to lavish amenities, our homes offer the perfect sanctuary for reflection and rejuvenation after saying goodbye to your worries and seeing them drift away into the smoky night sky.

Tano Ridge Retreat & Spa Haven at sunset
Tano Ridge Retreat & Spa Haven

Plan Your Escape

As you prepare to embark on your journey to Santa Fe, remember that Zozobra is more than an event – it's a transformative experience, a connection to the past, and a celebration of unity. A Vacation Different invites you to be a part of this incredible tradition, witness the mythical figure of Zozobra blaze into the night sky, and find solace in letting go.

From our luxury Santa Fe vacation rentals, you can write your own Santa Fe story, weaving together the magic of Zozobra and then creating memories with the comfort and solace of our gorgeous collection of homes. Get ready to be captivated, enchanted, and rejuvenated on a journey transcending time and tradition.

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Leave the rest to us. We will make sure your stay is nothing short of exceptional, making your Santa Fe visit a truly memorable experience! Co-founded in 2020, AVD is changing the face of vacation rentals in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our customers learn firsthand what A Vacation Different is all about experiences. From insider information on restaurants, the best options for the kiddos, and Santa Fe's best outdoor adventures, A Vacation Different has done the legwork for you, allowing your group to focus on creating long-lasting memories while soaking up the Santa Fe culture. We look forward to hosting your stay at one of our Santa Fe Vacation Rentals!