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Have Yourself a Merry Cancun Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Cancun Christmas

  • by Anders Elmgren
  • When I was a kid, my dad spent a lot of time out on the road for business. Being a curious kid, I was always excited about the prospect of experiencing a new piece of the world. While you could say I was bitten by the travel bug at an early age, there's one particular trip that holds a special place in my heart--spending Christmas in Cancun.

    While spending the holidays on a sunny beach may seem a little unconventional, Cancun and other areas around the Caribbean have become quite popular for travelers during the holidays. With a variety of activities, foods and traditions, spending Christmas abroad is a great way to experience how other countries celebrate. If you're thinking about mixing things up this holiday season, here are a few reasons why Cancun is a great place to spread your Christmas cheer.

    In the days leading up to December 25th, residents celebrate "las posadas" or the reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter on the night Jesus was born. Starting on December 16th, locals will travel in a candlelit procession singing traditional songs before being granted access to the "posada," or inn, where they'll partake in finger-foods, hot drinks, candy and pinatas for the kids. If you have the ability to participate, las posadas is a beautiful way to take part in a traditional, Mexican Christmas.

    However, if you find yourself shying away from tradition, Cancun still offers plenty of things to do and see. The city itself becomes a beach-side wonderland as thousands of multicolored lights, trees and decorations illuminate the city each night. If you need a quick dose of Christmas spirit, take a bus or taxi downtown and work your way towards the Hotel Zone. You'll be whistling "Holly Jolly Christmas" in no time.

    Come Christmas Eve, you may notice a lot of the attractions, bars and restaurants may close early, but don't worry! You'll still have plenty of ways to celebrate like enjoying a special dinner at Secrets The Vine Cancun or Live Aqua Cancun, hunt for gifts at the trendy La Isla Shopping Center or dance the night away at one of Cancun's famous nightclubs. No matter what you do, remember to try to book things in advance as some of the more popular spots tend to fill up fast.

    So if the cold weather has left you feeling a little burned out, why not spice up your Christmas season with a trip south of the border? I can tell you from experience, it will be a Christmas you won't forget!

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