Christmas in Puerto Vallarta

One of our main reasons for moving to Puerto Vallarta developed around our growing distaste with spending holidays in the North. We found the lack of commercialism (comparatively) and the meaningfulness of the holiday in Puerto Vallarta completely captured our heart.  Many years ago we were enchanted by our first posada, watching groups walk down the streets, carrying lit candles and singing songs, of which we didn’t understand the words at the time, but the warmth and beauty was inescapable.

Though Walmart and their competitors deck the halls long before we are ready, we’ve learned to not be bothered by this rush of the season. Instead we’ve chosen to focus on the peregrinations; beautiful decorations around town; and festivities that seem to take place around every corner. Everyone gets in on the act. When we first moved to Puerto Vallarta, the daily parade to the cathedral involved only local people but now everyone gets in on the act and the peregrinations seem endless. They are a wonderful tradition, taking place from December 1 until the grand finale (Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe) on December 12. Everyone is welcome, and the outpouring of gifts to the community is astounding. The malecón is overflowing on this night with a grand fireworks show and partying everywhere

The following twelve days, after the peregrinations are complete, are devoted to symbolically finding a place for the Christ child to be born.  The posadas are a time when businesses show gratitude and throw fiestas for employees; everyone gets a good dose of mutual admiration. Gift exchanges, splendid dinners and bonuses are the itinerary for the evening. Posadas also take place in neighborhoods, one home designated as a central destination. Offerings are gathered with celebrations often involving a local church or parish.

Christmas Eve in Puerto Vallarta is family night, with traditional dinner and a late night visit to the church.  Christmas Day is reserved for relaxing and opening the home to visitors. We have discovered it’s also a great day to go to the beach!

Christmas trees are available but we have found they perish quickly in the heat. If you decide to get one, remember they are shipped from a distant location, stored on a truck for several days, perhaps weeks, and need constant watering.

In Puerto Vallarta, as in all of Mexico, you will hear Nat King Cole roasting chestnuts until January 6th, when the Three Kings arrive with gifts for the newborn messiah. They will come in the form of little presents for the kiddies, hot chocolate and rosca, a large wreathed bread with a tiny plastic baby hidden inside. Whoever finds the baby in their serving is honored to serve tamales on February 2, a day mixed with Catholicism, pre-Hispanic celebrations and the midway point between the solstice and equinox. For us, it’s a day we hopefully are lucky enough to finally pack away the holiday decorations.

Que cómo es es.

Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia (opinions expressed are his own)

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“First of all, we really want to get to know you,”   When we know you, we can tailor home tours to your tastes.”

Secondly, there’s the legal side of owning in Mexico. “Besides our own experience, we can save you a lot of time and money by offering you complimentary consultations with our partner attorneys.  The nuances of how you buy here can save you a lot of money when you sell. It’s important to know what you’re doing on the purchase so that when you sell you can best use any tax advantages. This service is free to our clients and can be invaluable.”

Both partners agree that the most important element of Boardwalk Realty is our ongoing service and commitment to our clients after the sale.  We are both passionate about protecting the investment and security of our clients.  “Our clients become our friends, we see them socially, and we treat them as we would like to be treated ourselves”, adds Mike.

Boardwalk Realty Puerto Vallarta represents buyers and sellers of real estate in the entire Bay of Banderas area, and will soon add a rental and property management division.