¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo! The Christmas Season in Los Cabos

There is something very special about the holidays, particularly in México, where the festive season persists for close to two months and includes many holy days that are not commonly celebrated in the U.S. It is a period of frequent fiestas, so much so that the month-long holiday period between December 12, the day honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe, and January 6, the remembrance of Los Tres Reyes Magos (the three wise men), is only half-jokingly referred to as the Guadalupe–Reyes marathon. But despite the plethora of parties that accompany the holidays, the Christmas season in Los Cabos is in large part a time of devout observances and intimate gatherings with family and friends.

The town square in Cabo San Lucas, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, is usually strung with enough holiday-themed ornaments and decorations to wrap the central gazebo in a veil of bright, carnivalesque colors. The plaza it also typically home to a large, lavishly bedecked Christmas tree, and a beautiful nativity scene (in Spanish, nacimiento) that is located near the natural history museum. However, with the plaza principal in San Lucas in the midst of an ambitious remodeling project, cultural-minded visitors will have to journey to sister city San José del Cabo to enjoy the 2018 holiday season in all its traditional glory (NOTE: The main downtown square in San José, Plaza Mijares, has recently received a facelift of its own, and has never looked better).

Non-religious festivals and fiestas are also a big draw for both locals and visitors, particularly the annual food and wine fête Sabor a Cabo, the Dressed to the K9s charity ball, and Casa Dorada’s elegant costume-themed New Year’s Eve celebration. The holiday season also coincides with the start of whale watching season in Los Cabos, in which tourists migrate south to see grays, humpbacks and other whales do the same on the way to their traditional winter breeding grounds off the coast of Baja California Sur.



Maratón Guadalupe-Reyes is a phrase often used in México to describe the month-long binge of holiday parties and festivities, but in Los Cabos this marathon begins a little earlier. Typically held the during the first week of December, Sabor a...  Read More



This beautiful old church is set amid San José del Cabo's historic downtown area, a stone's throw from City Hall, the Casa de la Cultura, and the Distrito del Arte (Art District). Originally founded as a mission in 1730 by Jesuit priest...  Read More



The season's most elegant soirée is thrown on behalf of the Los Cabos Humane Society, with a fundraising silent auction and raffle sandwiched between fine food and wine, and live entertainment. The 2018 edition Dressed to the K9s charity ball...  Read More



México has its fair share of traditional spirits, from tequila and mezcal to popular cervezas like Corona and Pacífico. Not surprisingly, the country also boasts a number of excellent seasonal sippers. Ponche Navideño (literally, Christmas...  Read More



Las Posadas last for nine days, from December 16th through the 24th, and commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Each night there are candlelit processions and reenactments, which culminate in house parties after...  Read More



Holy Innocents Day, also known as Childermas, on December 28th is a remembrance of King Herod's decree that all male infants in Bethlehem should be killed in order to eliminate the threat to his throne posed by the baby Jesus, whose birth he had...  Read More



The relationship of New Year's Eve to New Year's Day is somewhat like that of Christmas Eve to Christmas, meaning the first day is given over to family dinners and celebrations, while the second day is for rest, relaxation and the enjoyment of...  Read More



Luxurious beachfront Casa Dorada Resort & Spa is famed for its glamorous costume-themed New Year's Eve parties, and is thus the go-to place in Cabo San Lucas to ring in 2019 in style. Last year's celebration featured a "Gatsby" theme, with...  Read More



This holiday celebrates the three wise men - Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar - who journeyed to Bethlehem with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh on the night of Jesus' birth. As with Christmas Eve, this is a day for children to open presents,...  Read More



Whale Watching season in Los Cabos traditionally stretches from mid-December through mid-March, and sees an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 whales migrate south to breeding grounds at Magdalena Bay and in the Sea of Cortés. Grays and humpbacks are...  Read More


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