Christmas in Vallarta

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The old church - in the square

With Thanksgiving just around the corner the Holiday spirit is alive and well in Puerto Vallarta.
Sand sculptures are starting to change their art from Mermaids to Reindeer and Santas and the Malecon is buzzing every evening with the sounds of the season. Caroling groups of young people stroll and sing – artists abound displaying and creating their masterpieces night after night, and a stroll along this “walk by the water” is always magical – but especially during the holidays.

I remember my first midnight mass at the historic church in the downtown square. The people and the pageantry touched my soul. The church is always lovely but at Christmas it is alive with colorful flowers and the congregation is dressed in their holiday best right down to the little children in very grown up suits and frilly dresses. Everyone is reverent and even the children are quietly attentive – perhaps especially careful since Santa is coming.

After church I strolled along the Malecon – it was 1:30 AM – but seemed more like 10:00 PM with all the activity. I love Christmas in Puerto Vallarta and have many happy memories of my sons and parents celebrating our holidays on the beach.