Although the holiday season is nearly here, Banderas Bay is enjoying warm weather and sunny days. If you want to get away from the cold at home, why not come visit Banderas Bay. Located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Banderas Bay is home to Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. The rainy season that occurs during the summer and fall is officially over. As a result, the Sierra Madre mountains are lush and green making a picture perfect setting for a dream vacation. In Mexico, the holiday season includes festive posadas, cultural events, and more. If you want a second home in paradise, Banderas Bay is also a prime location to buy beachfront real estate, too. A top choice is Villa La Estancia which is located in Nuevo Vallarta. We have a limited number of beachfront residences available. Meanwhile, read below about spending Christmas in Banderas Bay.

Christmas Posadas in Mexico

If you didn’t already know, posadas are a popular tradition in Mexico during the holiday season. Inspired by the nine-day journey that Mary and Joseph undertook from Nazareth to Bethlehem, posadas are community gatherings that begin on December 16th and last until Christmas Eve on December 24th. These days, posadas are a time when friends and family get together to celebrate the holiday season. In Mexico, posadas include tasty food and drinks such as mole, tamales, atole, and ponche. If you want to spend Christmas in Banderas Bay, you might get lucky enough to be invited to a local posada. It’s a wonderful chance to get into the Christmas spirit and create special memories with new and old friends. On Christmas Eve, churches offer masses in English and Spanish, accompanied by Christmas carols.

Mexican Christmas Traditions

Celebration of the Cathedral of Our Lady in Puerto Vallarta

In Puerto Vallarta and throughout Mexico, various religious events are held during the holiday season. One important event is the Festival of Guadalupe which is a 12-day long festival to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe (Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) the patron saint of Mexico. Festivities begin on December 1st and end on December 12th. If you visit downtown Puerto Vallarta, you will see devoted followers participating in a group procession to the area’s main church, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The procession will feature decorated floats, dancers, and people singing. Once they reach the cathedral, they place gifts for the Virgin and receive a special blessing from local Priests. Puerto Vallarta’s main square will be cheerfully decorated for the holidays and full of street vendors, too. Residents and visitors will love browsing a variety of goods such as authentic food, souvenirs, handicrafts and more.

Shop at Farmers Markets

Another great reason to visit Puerto Vallarta during the holiday season is to visit local farmers markets that are only open during the winter and spring months. During the holidays, many vendors will sell gift packages or sell items that would make a perfect holiday gift. Wondering where to go? Top farmers markets in Banderas Bay include the Olas Altas Farmers Market in Lazzaro Cardenas park downtown, the Marina Art Market, and the La Cruz Market. Each market is situated near the water where you can enjoy lovely views as you peruse the market’s fares. Also, you can bet there will be cheerful Christmas decorations and lights, too.

Outdoor Activities in Banderas Bay

whale watching tours in Puerto Vallarta

Another benefit to spending the holidays in Banderas Bay is the great water. For example, the water temperature in Banderas Bay during the holidays is simply perfect. Plus, it rarely rains between the months of December through April so you are essentially guaranteed blue, clear skies and sunny days. In Banderas Bay, the average year-round temperature is 86°F (30°C). When it comes to water activities, the average water temperature is 78°F during the winter months. Due to the pleasant temperatures, residents and visitors are able to swim, snorkel, surf, paddleboard and more during the winter months. Plus, each year humpback whales migrate through the area during the months of November through April. If you haven’t already been, a whale watching tour is the perfect family-friendly activity to enjoy over the holidays.

Are you ready to come visit Banderas Bay for Christmas 2022? Why not treat your family to a well deserved vacation and head south for this year’s holiday season? You will fall in love with the area’s excellente climate, rich Mexican culture, holiday events, and more. If you want to buy a vacation home in paradise, check out Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta. Villa La Estancia is a hotel-condo concept that is located in a private and tranquil beach community known as Nuevo Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit. We also have a limited number of luxurious beachfront residences for sale. Our homeowners love their solidly constructed homes that come with exclusive access to world class amenities and onsite services, too. Give us a call today to see which units are still available for purchase. We’d love to show you what living in paradise could be like!