For most, Christmas (and this Holiday season in general) is represented by a sweater-clad family by a fireplace, next to a Christmas tree and a snowy landscape in the backdrop. However, a tropical Christmas in Cancun is somewhat different!
Although it may seem strange to find a true tropical Christmas spirit in this hot & humid climate, it does exist! Hotels offer beautiful events for their guests. Often these include Christmas dinner and special events for all ages. Decorated Christmas trees, surprises and holiday music create a special atmosphere. With a touch of winter despite seeing the sun shine over the Caribbean Sea. If you are staying on holiday here in beautiful and tropical Cancun (or wish you were, confess!) you may wonder how the locals celebrate the holidays. Can there be a real Christmas in Cancun?
The cosmopolitan city of Cancun has almost one million inhabitants. With roots from many nationalities, each with its own culture and religious views. In Mexico Christmas is not only about a religious moment. It is also about spending a beautiful moment with your loved ones. Here, most people celebrate on the night of December 24th with a dinner that often stretches into the early morning. Houses are filled with people, family comes together and even good friends come by in Christmas Eve, called Noche Buena in Spanish. It is not uncommon to see children playing with sparklers and some fireworks going off here and there. Many people exchange gifts as well, although Santa Claus is a more recent acquisition to Mexican culture. Until recently, children only received presents from the Three Wise Men (los Tres Reyes Magos). Who don’t visit until January 6th.
During Christmas Day, many people stay in their homes. The 25th of December is usally spent along with the whole family and close friends. Who once again gather to enjoy the traditional re-calentado. Which means to reheat the food and eat what was left of the delicious Christmas dinner.
The typical Christmas dinner in Mexico may include turkey accompanied by different dishes of pasta, salads and often lasagna. But most families enjoy romeritos and bacalao. Both, delicious versions of “normal” dishes that are craved for just as much as other people yearn for Thanksgiving turkey! Restaurants in Cancun’s hotel zone and downtown offer special menus for Christmas dinner, ranging from traditional dishes to local specialties.
If you would like to try something different this Christmas, don’t hesitate! Even if you’re not here with your whole family, there will be many others just like you dining in restaurants. You will experience a wonderful and different ambiance!
Look for the Amstar representatives in your hotel who will be happy to help you with suggestions and reservations for the tropical Christmas dinner of YOUR choice.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas!