The holidays are near: 5 towns to have magic in Mexico

Christmas is one of the favorite times for Mexicans, and believe it or not, its magic is experienced in very different ways throughout the country. As the Christmas celebration approaches, Mexico has a few presents. You can choose some Magical Towns that look great for their events, atmosphere, and crafts, transforming the Christmas season into an unforgettable experience for you and your family.

If you don’t know where to spend Christmas in Mexico, one of these landscapes and warm environments is perfect for you.


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Tlalpujahua, Michoacan

Tlalpujahua is one of the eight Magical Towns of the state of Michoacán and is located between mountains and forests 170 km from Mexico City. It is a charming town with a rich mining history and a great tradition in the production of handicrafts, among which Christmas spheres stand out.

More than 30 years ago, Tlalpujahua became an important center for the production of blown glass Christmas balls, which is why many people visit it to see the workshops where they are made and to buy decorations for their Christmas trees. The Sphere Fair is held annually from October to December, making it ideal for visiting the town and soaking up the Christmas atmosphere.

Not to be missed:

– Visit the Sanctuary of Carmen and the first mining museum in Mexico in the old mine “Las Dos Estrellas”. If you like nature, you should walk through the forests of the peaceful Campo del Gallo, and if you go to Tlalpujahua between November and March, don’t miss the opportunity to see the monarch butterfly migration.

Just 10 km from the center is Hacienda Cantalagua, inside an 18th century hacienda. The hotel has 125 suites and divides its rooms into 21st century (with contemporary decoration) and 18th century (colonial style). The hotel also features a golf course, an indoor pool, and a Mexican restaurant.

Tepotzotlan, State of Mexico

Tepotzotlán is located on the outskirts of Mexico City, making it an accessible destination if you live in the capital. A particular time to visit is during the Christmas season due to its famous Pastorelas that have been held for over 50 years.

Tepotzotlán houses the Ex-Convent of San Francisco Javier, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The set is made up of the National Museum of the Viceroyalty, the San Francisco temple with its beautiful baroque façade and the Convent Inn where the Pastorelas are performed. The works tell the classic story of the little shepherds who go to Bethlehem to meet the Child God, and on the way the Greater Devil and his demons try to stop them, mixing all these indigenous, Spanish and Mexican traditions.

Not to be missed:

– At the end of the Pastorela, enjoy a delicious punch, fritters and snacks while you interact with the cast. During the day, stroll through the town enjoying its markets, craft shops, and views of the 62-meter-tall Aqueduct of Sitio.

Near the center of Tepotzotlán is Finca Las Hortensias. What better way to spend the holidays than in an outdoor Jacuzzi?

Pena de Bernal
With only 4,000 inhabitants, Bernal preserves a traditional and intimate atmosphere to enjoy at Christmas.

Bernal, Queretaro

Bernal is a small Magical Town in Querétaro, in the heart of the state’s wine region. With only 4,000 inhabitants, it retains a traditional and intimate atmosphere to enjoy at Christmas.

When you arrive in Bernal, you will be impressed by the views of the Peña de Bernal, the third largest monolith in the world with a height of 350 meters. It is possible to climb part of it and enjoy the scenery from the cliffs. The town has several craft shops and the Casa Museo del Dulce.

During Christmas, the tradition is to visit the Casa Tio Camilo hotel to see an extraordinary nativity scene with more than 60 handmade figures and another 70 nativity scenes from countries such as Japan, Denmark and Peru. It is possible to take a guided tour of the exhibition with light and sound.

Not to be missed:

In addition to everything else, every year the Finca Sala Vivé de Freixenet offers a Christmas concert and dinner at the beginning of December, where you can enjoy good music and a delicious dinner paired with local wines. At the end, enjoy the party and dance with DJ.

El Cantar del Viento is a boutique hotel on the slopes of La Peña, so beautiful views are guaranteed. It has six rooms, and you can relax with your family in one of the hammocks on the terraces, enjoy the Spa or eat Bernal’s famous gorditas.

San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico

Just 50 kilometers from Mexico City is the Magic Town of San Juan Teotihuacan, famous for its pyramids but with many other attractions to enjoy during Christmas.

The main attraction is the 2,000-year-old archaeological site of Teotihuacan, once the largest city in the Americas. The pyramids of the Sun and the Moon are not to be missed, but not many people know about the different ruins that remain in the town of San Juan. Visit the Purificación neighborhood, where you can see the remains of the Yayahuala and Zacuala Palace, as well as other small vestiges.

In the center of the town is the former convent of San Juan Bautista, with a Baroque quarry façade, and the Temple of Nuestra Señora de la Purificación. If you are visiting on a Monday, do not miss the tianguis (market), where you can buy obsidian handicrafts and taste its delicious barbecue, mixiotes and tummy. And the icing on the cake would be flying in a hot air balloon over the ruins at sunrise!

Not to be missed:

– Just 10 km. from San Juan is the town of Acolman, famous for two things: the Ex-convent of San Agustín and the place where piñatas were invented. The monks of the convent created the first piñata in 1587 to represent the seven deadly sins and the temptations of evil. Every year the Piñata Fair is held for several days with piñata contests, workshops that show how to make piñatas, dances, and posadas. There is no more Mexican Christmas celebration than this one!

Very close to the archaeological zone of Teotihuacan and the town center, is the Hotel Quinto Sol. This boutique hotel has an excellent staff that will treat you like royalty on the terrace and in the gardens. Visit the lounge bar with unique cocktails by the pool, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun or toasting to a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

La rumorosa, Tecate, Mexico, hiking
Just 50 kilometers from Mexico City is the Magic Town of San Juan Teotihuacan, famous for its pyramids but with many other attractions to enjoy during Christmas.

Tecate, Baja California

Tecate is a border town famous for the beer of the same name, but it is also a charming place with history, culture and nature, with much more to offer, especially during the Christmas holidays.

Every December there is a “Parade of Lights” sponsored by the brewery that takes the name of the town. The parade consists of floats that decorate different nightclubs in the city, among which there is no shortage of Christmas characters such as Santa Claus and his elves. The parade lasts about two hours and brings together a large part of the local population in the main streets of the town.

Not to be missed:

– During the day you can enjoy everything that Tecate offers you, such as the Casa de Artesanías, where you can buy pieces of clay, glass and wicker. You can also visit the wine and cheese houses with their vineyards in the nearby Valle de Guadalupe or go to the nearby town of La Rumorosa, with its spectacular path, cave paintings and even snowfall during winter.

Santuario Diegueño is a beautiful hotel that pays homage to the indigenous Kumiai tribes, whom the missionaries renamed Diegueños. It has 26 beautiful rooms, two restaurants and a swimming pool. Stroll through its gardens or take one of the tours to La Rumorosa or Valle de Guadalupe.

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