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Magic holiday: Traditions and gastronomy that illuminate Mexico.

December in Mexico is a tapestry of lights, music and traditions that intertwine to create a unique atmosphere that enchants locals and strangers. From the emblematic Posadas to the quiet coastal celebrations of Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, every corner of the country is full of celebration and flavor.

The Traditional Posadas:

From December 16 to 24, Mexican streets are filled with songs and processions. Las Posadas commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph in search of refuge, a journey full of hope that culminates with the birth of Jesus. These celebrations combine songs, prayers and a table full of traditional delicacies.

Christmas Delights: The gastronomy of the Posadas in Mexico

Las Posadas in Mexico are not only characterized by their rich tradition, but also by their unique gastronomy that delights all palates. Here we present some of the typical delicacies that cannot be missed in these celebrations:

Tamales: Wrapped in corn or banana leaves, these packages filled with dough and various stews are a tradition. They can be mole, rajas, chicken, pork and even sweets with flavors like pineapple or strawberry.

Buñuelos (Fritters): Thin and crispy, these dough discs are fried until they achieve a perfect texture. They are served sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon or dipped in piloncillo honey.

Christmas Ponche: Hot drink that combines various fruits such as guava, tejocote, cane and tamarind, pieces of sugar cane are often added and it is served with a little rum or brandy for adults.

Bacalao a la Vizcaína: Salty dish prepared with desalted cod, accompanied by a tomato sauce with peppers, olives, capers and other spices.

Christmas Eve salad: Refreshing salad made with beets, apple, peanuts, pineapple, among other ingredients, with a sweet and acidic touch at the same time.

Romeritos: This plant is served in mole with potatoes and nopales, and is typical of the Christmas season.

These delights, along with the warmth of family gatherings and the joy of the holidays, make Posadas in Mexico an unparalleled experience in every sense. Come and immerse yourself in this festive tradition!

Piñatas and Stars:

An essential element of the Posadas is the seven-pointed piñata, symbolizing the seven deadly sins. By breaking it, we celebrate the victory over sin, while children and adults have fun collecting fruits and sweets.

Guadalajara under the Christmas Lights:

In Guadalajara, the festive spirit shines in every corner. Liberation Square, adorned with a majestic tree and twinkling lights, is a meeting point for locals and visitors. In addition, the city offers various activities and gastronomic markets that allow you to live and taste the tradition of the Posadas in a unique way.

What to do?

Live one of the experiences in Guadalajara with the Navidalia Festival. Navidalia is a theme park where memories come to life.


Parque Ávila Camacho, Frente a Plaza Patria. Av. Manuel Ávila Camacho S/N esq. Av. Patria, Col. Lomas del Country, 44610 Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Opening hours?

Sunday to Thursday from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am

Friday and Saturday from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am

Closed on Monday, December 11 and 18, and Sunday, December 24

You can purchase your tickets HERE

Christmas by the Sea:

If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, the beaches of Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta await you. Adorned with lights and with the sound of the sea in the background, the coastal inns offer a different but equally magical and tasty celebration.

del mar de fondo, las posadas costeras ofrecen una celebración diferente pero igual de mágica y sabrosa.

We invite you to immerse yourself in Mexico's Christmas traditions by staying with us in Pardela. Whether in the vibrant heart of Guadalajara or the peace of Nayarit, our hospitality and traditional cuisine guarantee you an unforgettable experience.


There is no better way to experience Christmas than by immersing yourself in the rich Mexican culture and gastronomy. We are waiting for you to share these special dates together!

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Written by: Pardela Editorial Team

Date: November 28, 2023

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