Activities & Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo – December 2016

Happy Holidays! Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is a wonderful place to spend the holiday season. Whether it’s a “get-a-way vacation” or a family event, you’ll enjoy our wonderful weather and beachfront atmosphere. The temperature is around 90°F/ 32°C every day!


Thursdays & Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., MUSIC, ART, FOOD & DANCE in Ixtapa: Ixtapa ROCKS! Join us every weekend for a cultural festival full of art, music, food and entertainment. Activities take place at the kiosk in front of Nueva Zelanda Restaurant in Ixtapa. (No event on December 24 and 31.) ixtapa-activities

Every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ECO TIANGUIS ORGANIC FOOD MARKET, PRODUCTS, & ENTERTAINMENT, across from the museum in Zihuatanejo:  It’s a local meeting spot! Enjoy organic food; buy fresh vegetables, honey, and ecological products. Sing, dance, and enjoy life by the ocean. Read: Eco Tianguis Sanka Beachfront Market in Zihuatanejo Offers Organic Foods, Art, and Entertainment


Friday, December 2, 5:30 p.m., IMMIGRANT OF THE YEAR RECEPTION at Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa:  Every year, the Mexican Department of Immigration honors a foreign immigrant for his/her community service. All foreign immigrants, visitors and tourists are invited. Entry is free. Join us! CANCELLED

Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4, GYPSY BLUSEY JAZZY FOLK MUSIC by Nathan and Jessie: Come out and party! You’ll enjoy the jazzy, soulful sounds of this duo. They will perform on Saturday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m.,  at Puerto del Sol Restaurant in La Ropa Beach; and on Sunday, December 4, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at La Mexicana Restaurant in Troncones. No cover charge. Don’t miss it!


Saturday – Sunday, December 3 & 4, RUCCO SURFER REUNION at Playa Linda: If you are a participant, you can register at Catcha O’La Surf School in Ixtapa. If you are an observer, you’ll have so much fun watching this event! Get up early and catch a wave!surf-reunion-2016

Sunday, December 4, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., CYCLE RACE starting at Cancha Municipal (main basketball court) in Zihuatanejo: Join the community for a wonderful morning of cycling and fun for the entire family! The 6.2 km route starts and finishes at the main basketball court in Zihuatanejo. Entry is free, and the first 500 participants receive a free T-shirt.


Saturday, December 10, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., SEMINAR ON TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS at the Centro Holistico Desperta, Calle Mar Rojo 6, Zihuatanejo: Are you in a “toxic relationship”? Get help. Join this therapeutic workshop. For more information, visit them on Facebook: Centro Holistico Desperta

Monday, December 12, DAY OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE: People from throughout the country travel to the Basilica of the Virgen of Guadalupe located in Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo, a northern neighborhood of Mexico City, where they celebrate the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) with a mass ceremony and a traditional fair in her honor. Parades and masses will be held in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and throughout the local area. The holiday is a national fiesta that includes traditional music and fun attractions.


The holiday is a remembrance of the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, a young indigenous man, who on December 12, 1531, had a vision of her while walking. The Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego was a young woman with black hair and dark skin which looked more like an indigenous person. Mary became the patron saint of Mexico in 1746. The Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe became a national holiday in Mexico in 1859.

Saturday, December 17, 6:00 p.m., ART EXHIBITION at the museum in Zihuatanejo: Everyone is invited to this cultural event exhibiting the works of our local artists. Admission is free. art-exhibition-2016

Saturday, December 31 at Midnight, FIREWORKS! You can see them from the beach in Zihuatanejo or in Ixtapa. The community comes out to celebrate the New Year with fireworks. BUT, BE CAREFUL! There are many homes and condos with palm roofs, so we must safeguard surrounding properties!

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