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 annually strung with enough holiday-themed ornaments and decorations to wrap the central gazebo in a veil of bright, carnivalesque colors. The plaza is also home to a large, lavishly bedecked Christmas tree, and a beautiful nativity scene (in Spanish, nacimiento) that is located near the natural history museum. Sponsored programs and presentations are a holiday staple at the plaza, and include art, music, food tastings and recreations of events surrounding the birth of Christ.
Non-religious festivals and fiestas are 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.