Mexico December Events 2013
December is the best time to visit Mexico--the weather in the U.S. and Canada is chilly, gloomy and dark--but Mexico is warm, full of celebration and sunshine! Enjoy these events while you visit Mexico for the holidays or just to warm up! Remember to book in advance if you can.
Gran Maraton Pacifico
November 30 - December 1
Thousands of runners come to this annual event with many race distances offered. Also a handicapped race. www.maraton.org
76th Annual Feria Nacional de Plata
Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero
November 30 - December 7
This festival to celebrate Taxco's silver industry and arts is one of the best opportunities for purchasing the local goods. Also enjoy dancing and concerts. https://www.facebook.com/FeriaPlataTaxco
Guadalajara International Book Fair
November 30 to December 8
Editorial houses from 39 countries gather for the largest Spanish-language book festival in the world. This is a cultural festival as well as a forum for academic discussion. www.fil.com.mx
Sunset Boat Parade
Medano Beach at the Casa Dorado Resort, Cabo San Lucas
Boats cruise Nichupte Lagoon under a nighttime fireworks display that also includes Christmas shows, food & drinks, raffle prizes, live music & dancing. www.sunsetworld.net/sunset-boat-parade
Cozumel, Quintana Roo
Participants must swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles within a 17-hour time period. www.cozumel.travel/about/events.cfm?show=23
Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Throughout Mexico, but particularly in Mexico City
The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe commemorates the traditional account of her first appearances on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. www.inside-mexico.com/guadalupe.htm
Cozumel Scuba Fest
Cozumel, Quintana Roo
December 12 - 15
Feria de la Posada y Piñata
Acolman de Nezahualcoyotl, Estado de Mexico
December 16 to 23
A celebration near Mexico City where piñatas and posadas of the Christmas season are celebrated. Workshops in piñata-making are offered.
December 16 to 24
Every evening from December 16th to 24th, street processions take place in Mexico towns and villages that culminate in house parties known as posadas. These celebrate and are in remembrance of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
Noche de los Rábanos - Radish Night
A popular event where locals craft radishes into different shapes and figures including flowers, animals and nativity scenes. Click here for Radish Festival Photos
Navidad – Christmas
The last posada takes place on Nochebuena or Christmas Eve, where families gather for late-night supper. In many cities other celebrations occur as well.
Año Nuevo - New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve traditions in Mexico.