Headed to Cancun for the holidays? Lucky you! Here’s the scoop on where to meet up with Santa, find festive celebrations, and taste yummy eats. Discover kid-centered Christmas in Cancun during the 2018 holiday season!
Updated for the 2018 season.
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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. It ends with a celebration and colorful piñatas for your kids to take aim at.
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 also be on the premises for the holiday. Be sure to check out the mechanical Chocolate Christmas Village (omg!), Silent Dance Party for teens & families, and Beach White Party for festive fun.
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. Choose preference of ornaments, tree toppers, and gifts for under the tree to be delivered on December 24th. Additional family-friendly holiday activities at the resort include ornament decorating, cooking classes, and Santa’s Workshop.
Nizuc Resort & Spa was once a station for Mayan astronomers and a presidential retreat for global leaders. This 29-acre private beachfront paradise is just 15 minutes from the Cancun Airport on the secluded Punta Nizuc. Over the holiday season, Nizuc Resort & Spa entertains little ones with plenty of holiday activities. Kids can write letters to Santa, decorate cookies, and participate in Mexican Posadas. This tradition is an important part of Mexican Christmas celebrations which recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem.
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.
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With four locations in the Riviera Maya, Palladium Hotels all-inclusive, beachfront 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 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.
In December, the resort’s Fiesta Kids Club and Teens Club offer seasonal activities like cookie decorating, cooking classes, Christmas tree decorating, piñata making, and dance lessons. The resort incorporates season elements 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. Celebrate the holiday in the modern style with carols, lanterns, fireworks, and piñatas. The resort invites families 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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