Headed to Cancun for the holidays? Lucky you! Here’s the scoop on where to meet up with Santa, find festive celebrations, taste yummy eats, and discover kid-centered Christmas events in Cancun during the 2017 holiday season!
Updated for the 2017 season.
Xcaret eco-archaeological Park
Photo by Xcaret
Celebrate the Posadas, the traditional Mexican holiday celebrations, while your family explores beautiful Xcaret eco-archaeological park just south of Cancun. Your family can take part in the walk of Mary and Joseph searching for shelter that ends with a celebration and colorful piñatas for your kids to take aim at.
Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
Photo Courtesy of Moon Palace
Celebrate the holidays at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort this winter for a unique variety of family-friendly fun. Don’t miss their Christmas Village with massive tree, live music, holiday-themed Food Truck snacks, miniature train, and more family fun. Santa will be on the premises for the holiday, as well. Be sure to check out the mechanical Chocolate Christmas Village (omg!), Silent Dance Party for teens & families, and Beach White Party for festive fun.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Tree decorating, gift exchanges, and various holiday-themed programs are all part of the Christmas experience at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Guests can celebrate holidays at the resort with Christmas trees (pre-decorated or with ornaments to decorate as a family) and toys delivered to their spacious suites. Everything can be easily pre-selected from an online list prior to arrival, including preference of ornaments, tree toppers, and gifts for under the tree to be delivered on December 24th. Guests will also receive a stuffed Amy, the resort’s mascot, as a Christmas gift. Additional family-friendly holiday activities at the resort include ornament decorating, cooking classes, and Santa’s Workshop.
NIZUC Resort & Spa
Once a station for Mayan astronomers and a presidential retreat for global leaders, NIZUC Resort & Spa, which opened in March 2013, is a 29-acre private beachfront paradise just 15 minutes from the Cancun Airport on the secluded Punta Nizuc. Over the holiday season, Nizuc Resort & Spa entertains little ones with letters to Santa, Santa meet-and-greets, Rudolph Reindeer hat making, cookie decorating, Christmas tree crafts, and Mexican Posadas, an important part of Mexican Christmas celebrations which recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem.
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
This holiday season, enjoy Grand Residences Christmas special, a package featuring family-friendly activities and fun for everyone. The resort offers holiday-themed activities such as decorating gingerbread houses, writing a letter to Santa, and meeting a “Grinch” who tries to convince guests not to celebrate Christmas. The package also includes a traditional Christmas Eve dinner prepared by acclaimed French Executive Chef Yann Cozic and complimentary afternoon high tea, complete with finger foods and pastries that kids will love.
Palladium Hotels and Resorts
With four locations in the Riviera Maya, Palladium Hotels all-inclusive, beach front properties offer special programming for the whole family during Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Activities include taking pictures on Santa’s lap after his dramatic arrival on horseback, dressing up like Santa or his elves at Palladium Kids’ Club, decorating holiday cookies, making Christmas cards for family and friends, the chance to write a letter to Santa, and a special Raggs Christmas Show featuring two Raggs rockin’ original holiday songs, “Santa Paws” and “I’d Rather Be an Elf.”
Paradisus Playa del Carmen · La Esmeralda
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda offers performances and live music in a special Christmas ambiance with artificial snow and Christmas carols. On Christmas day, Santa Claus will come with gifts for all the children. After Christmas dinner, the children of the Kids Zone will present a Mini Show.
See a a video of the Kid’s Club activities here…
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral
In December, the resort’s Fiesta Kids Club and Teens Club offers seasonal activities like cookie decorating, cooking classes, Christmas tree decorating, piñata making, and dance lessons. A seasonal element is incorporated into each of the activities, such as holiday cooking dishes, or holiday dances.
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral also hosts a traditional Posada Navideña celebration each December. This celebration comes from an old Spanish tradition where celebrations are held the week before Christmas to honor the time Mary was pregnant. Today, the holiday is celebrated with carols, lanterns, fireworks, and piñatas. Families are invited to attend the event and enjoy the traditional hot punch, buñuelos (sweet fritters), and hitting the seven-star piñata, which represents the seven deadly sins. The person that breaks the seven-star piñata releases the joy and goodness represented in the candies and lanterns. Santa Claus visits the resort on Christmas Day.
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