Christmas at Mexico City's Zócalo

Christmas at Mexico City’s Zócalo

Much to the concern of family and relatives, Keith and I decided to travel to Mexico for Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014. Not just going to a resort in Cancún… we’d be starting with Mexico City (from December 20 to 27), then make our way to the Yucatán peninsula, basing ourselves out of Mérida (from December 27 to January 2) and then ending the vacation with a couple days of pure relaxation at an all-inclusive resort in Playa Mujeres, north of Cancún (January 2-4).

Mexico (specifically, what we’re calling the “real Mexico”… anything outside a resort town), is not the first place people think about visiting, especially given all the the negative press it gets. Nearly everybody at home would either ask “is it safe?” or warn us to “be careful”.

Certain parts of Mexico can certainly be dangerous. But Mexico City has been cleaned up over the last several years, especially the Centro Historico and other central neighbourhoods. And the Yucatán is considered the safest area in Mexico. And we did feel safe the entire time, though you do need to be smart and have a good head on your shoulders. If you’re looking for an adventure, continue exploring this website.

The heart of Mexico City lights up during Christmas. At the centre of the city the cathedral and main square, the Zócalo. The square measures 240 m × 240 m, ranking among the largest city squares in the world.

For Christmas, the Zócalo becomes a winter wonderland. (Funny that we were trying to escape the cold, while the Mexicans were seemingly trying to embrace it.) A large ice skating rink was constructed in the southern half of the square, while the northern side was home to a large inner tube toboggan hill. All the buildings facing the square were decorated for Christmas, and everything in between was full of people.

So while we were away from family and friends for the holidays, we had more then enough company to make us feel welcome.

Winter festivities in the Mexico City Zócalo

Winter festivities in the Mexico City Zócalo

The Mexico City Zócalo buildings decorated for Christmas

The Mexico City Zócalo buildings decorated for Christmas

The giant Christmas tree in the Mexico City Zócalo

The giant Christmas tree in the Mexico City Zócalo

The Sanborns dining room at the House of Tiles decorated for Christmas

The Sanborns dining room at the House of Tiles location

 

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