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Spending The Holidays in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

December in Puerto Vallarta is always a busy and fun time of year! From the colorful traditions and wonderful fiestas to the annual arrival of the Humpback whales in Banderas Bay, there is always something wonderful to do.

The holidays in Puerto Vallarta are filled with families, fiestas, and fun.  There are different traditions celebrated depending on your town however, there are a few holiday traditions that are celebrated throughout Mexico every December.

December 12–24: Las Posadas
These days commemorate the Biblical New Testament story of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem. It consists of candlelight processions throughout the city that stop at peoples doorsteps and reenact the night Mary and Joseph were turned away at peoples doorsteps. They also stop at various nativity scenes. You will see several candle light processions throughout town.

December 24: Christmas Eve
This day celebrates the eve of the nativity of Jesus, as both a secular and religious winter holiday. In Mexico Christmas Eve is a larger holiday then Christmas. Businesses are closed and the town is dedicated to spending time with family and celebrating. Christmas Eve goes all day. Breakfast in the morning with family or friends, parties starting in the afternoon and more parties into the night. Large groups gather and enjoy traditional Mexican dishes, drinks, music, family & friends. The fiesta is sure to go into the late night or early morning hours and is one the biggest celebrations in the Mexican culture.

December 25: Christmas Day
Christmas day is time to be with family and a day of rest. Children will play with their new toys, family will eat leftovers and everyone will recover from Christmas Eve!

December 28: Day of the Innocents
On this day, people pull practical jokes on each other. It is equivalent to the U.S. version of April Fools’ Day. If any person has fallen victim of the joke, the person pulling the joke will say Inocente Palomita, literally meaning ‘innocent little dove.’

December 31: New Year’s Eve
In Puerto Vallarta we celebrate by having a late-night dinner with families and friend. Those who want to party generally go out afterwards, to local parties or night clubs or you can enjoy festivities in the street. In Puerto Vallarta there will always be a festival on New Year’s Eve; celebrations center around the Malecón, and the city’s main boardwalk. You can expect a lot of firecrackers, fireworks, and sparklers. At midnight there is a lot of noise and everyone shouts Feliz Año Nuevo! People embrace, make noise, set off firecrackers, and sing throughout the city.

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