Posadas in Vallarta-Nayarit Are a Festive Feast for All the Senses
We love Christmas so much in Mexico, we’ve turned it into a month-long celebration. From nightly parades & piñatas bursting through town to a seasonal feast of tamales & sweets that never seems to end, there’s no better time to visit Vallarta-Nayarit.
Partake in the Treasured Tradition of Posadas in Vallarta-Nayarit
Easily the most festive time of the year to visit any city in Mexico, Christmas in Puerto Vallarta is quite literally a month-long celebration. First, we celebrate our city’s anniversary and patron saint with nightly candlelit processions, December 1st-12th, then the beloved Mexican tradition of Las Posadas begins on December 16th, lasting all the way through Christmas Eve dinner.
Nine Nights of Reverent Celebrating
Las Posadas is an annual reenactment of the nativity, specifically, Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter (posada, in Spanish) before Jesus was born. The citywide celebration lasts nine nights, symbolizing each month of Mary’s pregnancy. Every evening at dusk, a procession passes through town, led by costumed portrayals of the nativity, children dressed as angels and shepherds, all singing Christmas songs. House after house, they’re turned away, until the final home opens its door and the party begins. It’s a tightly coordinated parade, community ritual, street festival, and colorfully festive fiesta everyone should be a part of at least once.
A Seasonal Feast of Indulgence
Like all Mexican celebrations, food is at the heart of Las Posadas. In addition to colorful piñatas raining tropical fruit and tasty candies for kids, authentic staples you’re sure to see (and absolutely must try) include:
- Tamales filled with chilies, cheese, chicken, or pork.
- Fruity spiced ponche, or Christmas Punch.
- Mugs of warm corn atole.
- Guajolote mole, a rich turkey stew with tons of chilies, chocolate, and spices.
- Bacalao a la Vizcaina (Spanish-style cod).
- Pre-Hispanic romeritos (a wild Mexican plant mixed with cactus and shrimp).
- A “Christmas Salad” of jicama, beet, celery, apple, and peanuts.
- Almond sweets from Toledo Marzipan.
- Fried buñuelo fritters, dipped in honey.