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Christmas Holidays in Puerto Vallarta

DESTINATION | Published on 19/12/2018
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Trade in the winter blues for sunny Mexico and spend Christmas in Puerto Vallarta. The holiday season here is celebrated with both traditional customs and modern festivities, and the air is full of merriment and cheer. Celebrating the Christmas holiday in Puerto Vallarta will allow you to learn more about Mexican culture and have a memorable vacation filled with activities on Christmas that can only be found here. It’s also a chance to slow down and enjoy the true peace and love of Christmas.

Across Mexico, the holiday season kicks off on December 1 with celebrations for the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. Each night until her birthday on December 12, families and communities make pilgrimages to the local church, singing songs and offering flowers. During the Christmas holiday in Puerto Vallarta, you can join in the festivities and crowds along the streets in downtown to see the parade of singing and dancing and to purchase traditional Mexican food from vendors.


As it gets closer and closer to Christmas in Puerto Vallarta, families and friends gather for posadas, festive and lively Christmas parties with food, drinks, and even piñatas. For visitors, restaurants and hotels across the city will be hosting posadas with live music and wonderful food, ranging from authentic Mexican cuisine to innovate gourmet dishes. If you’re looking for what to do on Christmas Day in Puerto Vallarta, you can browse the local news or the websites of your favorite restaurants. Local churches will also be having Christmas Eve carols and services in both English and Spanish for visitors to join in the celebration.

Some of the festive activities on Christmas and the days leading up to the holiday are the markets. Throughout the week, different areas of Puerto Vallarta are bustling with artisanal vendors and locals looking for the perfect gifts for families and friends. As you shop, you can enjoy live music and mouth-watering food, ranging from sizzling Argentinian meats to trendy poke bowls. Whether you’re giving gifts to others on vacation or searching for souvenirs to take home, join in the festivities at the Art Market in the Marina on Thursday nights, the Olas Altas Farmers Market on Saturday morning, or the La Cruz Market on Sunday morning.


One of the best activities on Christmas in Puerto Vallarta is to stroll along the Malecon boardwalk, taking in all the sights. As the Christmas holiday in Puerto Vallarta approaches, the city decorates with flickering lights, a giant Christmas tree stands over the bay, and carols float in the air from restaurants and shops. In the middle of the Malecon is the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and in the plaza in front of it you can find a beautiful nativity scene. However, the baby Jesus won’t be placed in the manger until Christmas day. For what to do on Christmas Day in Puerto Vallarta, nothing beats taking in the twinkling lights and feeling the festive air along the popular Malecon.

Perhaps the best part of the holidays here is the Puerto Vallarta Christmas weather. Leave your coat and boots at home, and throw on some shorts and flip-flops to enjoy the celebrations. Since rainy season is long gone at this point, the Puerto Vallarta Christmas weather will by dry and sunny, making the holidays a popular time for many travelers to visit the shores of Banderas Bay. You won’t be the only one soaking up the sun during the holiday season, the whales who migrate south will be doing so as well, making it another great reason to spend the Christmas holidays in Puerto Vallarta.


If you don’t know what to do on Christmas Day in Puerto Vallarta, simply head downtown to join in the other merrymakers who are celebrating the season in paradise. Soak up the Puerto Vallarta Christmas weather and scenery while relaxing on the beach or attending a Christmas posada. Without the usual hectic dashing around of Christmas, you can enjoy the peace and love that make this such a magical day.

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