If you love spending Christmas with your family and visiting new places over the Christmas holiday season, Mexico is the ideal place for this year, especially the Riviera Maya.
Here, we explain to you what you need to know to celebrate a Mexican Christmas the way it should be and make it an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones.
What are the Mexican traditions at Christmas?
Everything is painted Christmassy from the end of November in Mexico, and when we say everything, we mean EVERYTHING. Streets, offices, shops, bars, restaurants and even government offices are all decorated for Christmas, making it impossible to go unnoticed.
There are three typical events in Mexico at this time of the year:
- Las Posadas: Once the month of December begins, the tradition is that friends, colleagues and families get together for the popular celebrations, which were previously alluded to the journey made by Mary and Joseph as they looked for lodging with pilgrims before Jesus was born. Some people still re-enact the journey today, and other simply gather to have a good time, break open the piñata, drink ponche and eat tamales.
- Breaking open the piñatas: The piñata is hung up high, and the idea is to hit it with a wooden stick until it breaks, and the prizes fall to the ground. It’s so much fun! The person with the stick is blindfolded, and the others sing a traditional song that starts with the lyrics Dale, dale, dale, no pierdas el tino, porque si lo pierdes, pierdes el camino… (Hit it, hit it, hit it, don’t lose your aim, because if you lose it, you’ll lose the way…).
- Dinner on Christmas Eve: Families and friends get together on the night of December 24 to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus and also to give thanks for blessings during the year. Typical dishes include romeritos, larded leg of pork, turkey, cod, prawns, tamales, fruit punch and fritters.
Where to dine in Riviera Maya?
Riviera Maya gets spruced up to receive tourist from all the world for the Christmas holiday season.
At BlueBay Hotels & Resorts we know how important this is at Christmas time, and that’s why both the Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel*****GL and BlueBay Grand Esmeralda***** have special activities, menus with typical Mexican and local dishes as well as plenty of surprises lined up to start on December 23 to make sure you have a great time over the holiday season.
The best of all – no cold weather!
The warm Caribbean will embrace you, and you can forget about the cold of the northern hemisphere. In Riviera Maya, you can forget about those uncomfortable shivers if you suffer every time you have to spend Christmas by the fireplace, as you can enjoy your days at the beach and the warm but cool nights.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Wherever you are, and however you celebrate Christmas, we hope it’s filled with love and stories to remember.
All of us in the BlueBay Hotels & Resorts family send our best wishes.