Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Mexico

Are you hoping to jet away for a vacation down south over Christmas and New Year’s? Did you know that Christmas and New Year’s is one of the most popular times to visit Mexico due to the great weather that the country enjoys during the holidays. While many people are dealing with freezing temperatures and snow in the United States and Canada, vacationers or expats in Mexico enjoy warm weather and sunny skies that make the holiday even better. For Villa La Estancia residents who have a vacation home or second home in Mexico, the winter is a great time to travel to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy a comfortable holiday getaway with your loved ones.

Christmas in Mexico

In Puerto Vallarta, Villa La Estancia homeowners love the chance to spend time at the beach for Christmas and New Year’s. Who wouldn’t want to dip their toes in the warm sand or go swimming in the ocean while everyone else is bundled up back home? For Villa La Estancia residents that have a vacation home in Mexico, Christmas and New Year’s are peak times to visit and tourists visiting the area is at a high. As a result, many local restaurants including our award winning La Casona restaurant onsite at Villa La Estancia offer Christmas menus and special events to make the holiday season even more enjoyable. Don’t miss our special 4 course Christmas Eve Dinner menu that is available on Thursday, Dec. 24th from 6pm to 9:30pm at La Casona for $69 USD. Reservations are recommended. While the cold weather doesn’t come to visit Puerto Vallarta during the winter months, residents and visitors to Villa La Estancia will love the holiday decorations and festive spirit found around the property.

New Year’s Eve in Mexico

Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve in Mexico? Without a doubt there will be tons of opportunities to enjoy a special New Year’s dinner or party with loved ones in Banderas Bay. Whether you stick close to home in Riviera Nayarit, or decide to go to Puerto Vallarta to be in the heart of the action, New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta is guaranteed to be a party you won’t soon forget. There will be lots of activity down on the Malecon as well if you want to head into Puerto Vallarta to mingle amongst the tourists and residents sharing in the holiday cheer. Don’t feel like dealing with big crowds and traffic? That’s okay as many individuals and Villa La Estancia residents find that there is nothing better than ringing in the New Year’s Eve with loved ones at their vacation home in Mexico. If you want to ring in the New Year in style, plan to celebrate at La Casona where you can feast on a special New Year’s Eve 4-course dinner from 6:00pm to 9:30pm on December 31st for $89USD. Children are eligible for a 50% discount if they are part of one of our all-inclusive plans. You can enjoy New Year’s Eve fireworks from the privacy of your terrace, or even head down to the beach to watch the fireworks on the sand. There is something truly magical about ringing in the New Year’s Eve in Mexico. From the friendly locals to the blissfully perfect weather, you will be hard pressed to find a better place to start the New Year than at your vacation home in Mexico. Anything is possible in 2020!

Heading to Mexico soon for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? Make sure to check with our friendly front desk concierge at Villa La Estancia in Riviera Nayarit to see what special events are going on during this holiday season. Order a bottle of champagne and cheers to a wonderful life and the many blessings to come in the New Year.

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Great Mexican Christmas Traditions

Christmas in Mexico is a great celebration characterized by rich cultural and religious traditions with touches of contemporary influences from the United States and Canada like Christmas trees and Santa Claus. Overall, a Mexican Christmas is less commercialized than other countries and full of fascinating customs that you can enjoy as both homeowners at Villa La Estancia Residences and visitors alike.

Great Mexican Christmas Traditions

If you decide to spend time in Mexico during the Christmas holidays, you’ll be amazed by the sights of large Christmas trees and sparkling lights adorning plazas, and the abundance of food and artisan stalls in public places. Likewise, you will see large nativity scenes and images of the Baby Jesus. On the beach next to Puerto Vallarta’s malecon boardwalk, sand artists usually exhibit great works of art in the run up to Christmas depicting various Christmas related scenes made from sand.

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Unlike the United States and Canada, a Mexican Christmas is traditionally celebrated on Christmas Eve on December 24th rather than December 25th. Mexican families gather together following the last mass of advent to feast on sumptuous delicacies such as cod, tamales, pozole and mole. The Mexican Christmas celebrations are likely to last into the wee hours of the morning. Gifts are given as a way to honor the spirit of giving and sharing, which is what Christmas is all about in Mexico.

The Day of the Three Kings/ Three Wise Men

Another Mexican Christmas tradition that differs from those of the United States and Canada is the Day of the Three Kings. El Dia de Reyes is celebrated yearly on January 6th commemorating the end of the long Christmas festivities. Just like the Three Kings in the Bible who gave the Baby Jesus gifts during their visit, Mexican children anticipate this day with the hope of receiving plenty of gifts as well. They’ll put their shoes on the doorstep of their homes thinking that when the kings pass by, they will leave gifts for them.

The Traditional Rosca de Reyes

The Day of the Three Kings is not just about children getting presents, this Mexican Christmas tradition has another charming feature: the Rosca de Reyes. The rosca is a garland-shaped sweet bread that is served on El Dia de Reyes which contains one or more ceramic Baby Jesus figure. Everyone at the gathering has to take a slice of the bread. If your slice contains the figure, you are blessed and will be expected to host the next party which is held on February 2nd for Candlemas, where tamales will be served.

Visitors to Mexico and Villa La Estancia Residences homeowners are invited to join in the Mexican Christmas traditions for a wonderfully rich festive experience.

Spend Christmas in Riviera Nayarit

Reasons to Spend Christmas in Riviera Nayarit

Spend Christmas in Riviera Nayarit

The Riviera Nayarit is one of those eternally popular vacation destinations that draws in thousands of tourists every day throughout the year; but did you know that it is also one of the best celebration destinations in the world for the Christmas season? The festive spirit is alive and well in Riviera Nayarit, and the elegant, elaborate celebrations, traditional festivities and utterly divine weather only make it better.

Reasons to Spend Christmas in Riviera Nayarit:

A Different Kind of Winter Blues

As the rest of the American continent slips into the chilly heart of winter, Riviera Nayarit, and many coastal cities in Mexico, maintains its blue, clear skies, sunny days and balmy temperatures which range from the low to mid 80s. Lounging at the poolside, soaking in the sun’s rays with a cocktail – did you ever imagine spending Christmas day this way? If so, it could become a reality very easily!

The Genuine Christmas Spirit

The idea of the Christmas season is for families and friends to come together in order to celebrate all the things they have to be thankful for, and in the Riviera Nayarit this sense of the Christmas spirit abounds. Families and friends from all over the world gather here to spend time together and cheerfully wish each other all the best for the coming year.

On the run up to Christmas in Riviera Nayarit, many locals will attend a variety of parties called Posadas in which they will share in the magic of the season with their loved ones. If you’re lucky you might also catch the festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the beginning of December where in masses of “Vallartenses” will parade through the centre of many towns in an elaborate display of religious devotion and Mexican culture. These parades create a truly magical spectacle for those tourists lucky enough to see them.

A Relaxing Way to Finish Your Christmas Shopping

Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are home to wonderful shopping centres and promenades that make for wonderful Christmas shopping. Usually Christmas shopping is a nightmare; running from store to store in order to get all those last minute bits and bobs. In the Riviera Nayarit, however, there shops are diverse and unique in that they range from large stores to small, independent boutiques. This is one shopping experience that can be both relaxing and exciting!

You’ll Have a Whale of a Time

As far as unusual Christmas activities go there are few things that can top going whale watching on Christmas eve! Humpback Whales make the waters just off the coast of the Riviera Nayarit their home in December and, if you’re really lucky, you’ll see them breach, spyhop and tail slap their way through the waters. You might even catch a pod with some calves in tow- that is a truly moving sight that will stay with you forever! You can turn your Christmas vacation in the Riviera Nayarit into an adventure in the heart of nature- all you have to do is look around you.