Christmas in Mexico is not just a matter of a day, the celebration continues for months before and after the special day. There are so many places in Mexico to celebrate Christmas where you will get the best ambiance in the town. People gather on this special day to eat, dance, exchange gifts, and celebrate the festival together. Christmas in Mexico starts on 12 December and ends on the 6th of January. Even after the 6th of January, you can feel the touch of Christmas till the 2nd of February when people have to prepare tamales in their house. The preparation of Tamale is basically a part of a game that was organized by neighbors and relatives on Christmas day.
The celebration of Christmas starts on the 12th of December when all the shops and malls are decorated with lights, frills and of course a giant Christmas tree. You will see children and young people parading in every street of Mexico. All the churches are packed with visitors and local people. Some of them gather there to offer prayer to Jesus while others are here to serve the visitors with food. You will also see stalls with multi-colored decorated items hanging on the front of the stores. Local people purchase these decorative items to decorate their houses on Christmas eve.
The official beginning of the Christmas celebration starts from 16th December with “Las Posadas”. It is a religious parade that beautifully represents the journey of Mary and Joseph. Children prepare an act for Las Posadas to tell the visitors how Mary and Joseph struggle to find a place to stay? Apart from this, relatives and friends gather at one’s house and prepare grand meals, drinks, and merry together. They also bake “Rosca de Reyes”, a sweet baked bread decorated with chocolates, cherries, and dry fruits. They put Jesus ‘ finger inside this sweet bread. Everyone present there has to tear off a piece from the cake and whoever gets the Jesus finger inside their bite has to prepare Tamale for the rest of the others on 2nd February.
Though the entire country was decorated with candles, garlands, flowers, and Wreaths. But there are some Mexican cities where you will get the best glimpses of Christmas. So, let us know about these cities and places in Mexico to spend Christmas eve.
List of Famous Places to visit in Mexico During Christmas Eve
1. Lights at Zócalo street
Not just a city, Zócalo is the main square located in the center of Mexico City. as it is located downtown the crowd of visitors multiplied multiple times in the Christmas month. You will hardly get a view of stalls and shops from the street. On reaching the center point of Zócalo you will see all around you illuminated with colorful lights. From shops, stalls, trees to large buildings everything on the street have string lights hanging on it.
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Xochimilco in Mexico is the major expositor of Nochebuena flowers. Noche Buena is widely used for decoration purposes at Christmas. Being a major exporter of Noche Buena, in Xochimilco, you will see this flower everywhere in the market. From local stalls to wholesale markets in Xochimilco, there are plenty of Noche Buena. Also, most of the decoration work in the Christmas tree and inside the churches in Xochimilco is done by Noche Buena Flower.
3. Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca is a preferable city to visit in Mexico on Christmas eve. Visitors will get the city overcrowded with people everywhere whether it’s their relative’s house or some random church. We consider Oaxaca as a wonderful city to visit at Christmas because Oaxaca has its own way of celebrating this festival. Moreover, the archeological sites and colonial structures in Oaxaca are decorated with lights and glittery frills offer a spellbinding charm. You can visit Oaxaca between 16th December till new year’s eve to celebrate the Christmas with Mexican people.
4. San Miguel de Allende, México
The colorful location of San Miguel de Allende is situated in central Mexico. We consider this as one of the best Christmas destinations in Mexico as the entire city is lit up with glamorous lights through the streets and buildings. Celebrating Christmas in San Miguel de Allende is a solemn affair where people prepare ponche (mulled fruit drink), posadas, and beautiful piñatas. Friends and relatives gathered at someone’s house and celebrate Christmas by drinking, eating cakes, and distributing gifts to their close ones.
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5. Puerto Vallarta, México
Puerto Vallarta is located in Jalisco, Mexico is undoubtedly a prepossessing city on the shore of the Bay of Banderas and the Pacific Ocean. The vast 40 miles of coastline offers many destinations in Mexico to visit on Christmas. There are so many beaches and resorts on the coastline where Christmas is celebrated at its extreme. From shopping to surfing, snorkeling to ziplining, you can do anything and everything in this resort city of Mexico. The 20th-century churches are decorated as if there is some party in the town. The entire ambiance of Puerto Vallarta lit up during Christmas.
6. Tulum beach, Riviera Maya
Tulum is definitely the best place to spend your Christmas eve in Mexico. This beautiful beach city is the prime point of youngsters in the Christmas months. You can gather with your friends on the Tulum beach and enjoy an unlimited variety of food, drinks, and dance. This magnificent beach is crowded with youngsters partying on the beach side with a bottle of beer in their hand. So, if you want to get drunk rather than being surrounded with family then you can head to Tulum beach. Also, no need to call your friends to join you as you will get most of them already in this party.
7. Chiapas Highlands, Mexico
Chiapas Highlands in Mexico is basically a hilltop with an elevation of 2,880 m. the city of the roaring waterfall gives the best Christmas memories to the visitors. Apart From the snowy hills and giant waterfall, you can also enjoy tribal dance in the Christmas festival here. On the plains of Chiapas Highlands, the markets, houses, and shopping destinations are decorated with glitter frills and lights. You will surely get a plenary of Instagram-worthy pictures here in the Chiapas Highlands, if you are visiting here at Christmas.
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8. Cabo San Lucas, México
Cabo San Lucas is located on the Baja California Peninsula and offers a majestic view to tourists at Christmas time. The picturesque location of Cabo San Lucas beholds your eyes. Cabo San Lucas was a popular fishing point in ancient times but now has developed into a beautiful city with a broad coastline. You can enjoy various thrilling activities in Cabo San Lucas during Christmas. Apart from this, some aquatic activities like deep-sea fishing, whale watching, surfing, boating, paddleboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing are also famous among visitors. We can also call this majestic place “paradise on earth” specifically at the time of Christmas. paddleboardingRoads and buildings are lit with colorful lights
During the sacred month of December when every Mexican is submerged in the celebration of Christmas, shopkeepers also keep one day shut down to enjoy their evenings. Yes, if you are in Mexico near 25th December then do not plan shopping on Christmas eve. All major stores and street stalls will remain closed on Christmas. So better to purchase all the essential stuff one or two days before Christmas.