I’ve never been abroad for Christmas – we’ve always stayed at home and spent time together as a family. Which, to be honest, I’ve always absolutely loved; just being able to switch off, escape from the world for a few days and make some memories with loved ones. But I always think of where I’d go if I were to travel on Christmas – so here’s My Dream Christmas Getaway! Happy Blogmas!
I’ve lived in the UK for my whole life, so I’m used to having a chilly Christmas – and occasionally we will be lucky enough to have a White Christmas. So I’d love to travel somewhere which is a little warmer during the Festive Season. Mexico at Christmas has always intrigued me, and the city of San Miguel de Allende is a phenomenal city to visit during the Festive Season.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Miguel de Allende is often considered to be one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in the world. Founded in the 14th Century to protect the Royal Road, the city boasts numerous Mexican Baroque Style religious and civil buildings which are breath-taking to see. During the Christmas Season, San Miguel de Allende truly comes alive with vibrant colours and festivities. Most events in December focus on Christmas, so there is so much to get involved with!
December 12th sees the Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a celebration of Mexico’s patron saint. On this day a banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe is serenaded with a Mexican Happy Birthday Song and there’s often a children’s procession. The 12th is also seen as the beginning of the Christmas Season in San Miguel de Allende and over the next 12 days there is a string of events known as Las Posadas. There are nine nights of celebrations representing Mary’s nine-day journey to give birth to Jesus. Children (dressed as Mary and Joseph) parade the streets, knocking on doors only to be turned away because there is no room at the inn! When the couple finally finds a friendly welcome, there are drinks and food for all, and a piñata or two!
On Christmas Eve many Mexicans head to midnight mass before sitting down to a feast (often bacalao, a salt cod dish) and opening gifts. Christmas Eve is traditionally more important to many Mexicans than Christmas Day, In San Miguel de Allende a life-size manger is set up in the centre of town during the day and is where the final Posada will pass by.
As Christmas Eve is mainly a time for family, Christmas Day is often spent by going to Church before walking the streets, meeting friends and continuing the festivities.
December 28th is known as Dia de los Santos Inocentes (Day of the Holy Innocents) and commemorates the day Herod sent out his armies to slaughter all male children under two in hopes of capturing Jesus. Although you might think this is a day for seriousness and reflection, many Mexicans fill Dia de los Santos Inocentes with fun and laughter, often playing practical jokes on each other!
On New Years Eve, there are a whole host of celebrations and events in San Miguel de Allende. With the streets packed with people, music filling every alleyway and a phenomenal fireworks display at the stroke of midnight, it’s an incredible way to end your year and tour Festive break in this charming historical Mexican city.
Want to find out more about San Miguel de Allende and it’s festive celebrations? Check out their website here!
Where’s your dream Christmas destination? Let us know in the comments below!