Special Events & Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico – December 2015

The temperature has been around 90°F/ 32°C every day! It’s beach time! And, it’s a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. Most local activities will happen on the beachfront. Enjoy the holidays!

Friday – Sunday, December 4-6, RUCCO SURFER REUNION at Playa Linda: If you are a participant, you can register at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo, or 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!


Saturday, December 5, 5:00 p.m., MEXICARTE BENEFIT CONCERT FOR TURTLE RESCUE FOUNDATION, Club Escondite Restaurant, Playa Blanca: Come out and enjoy a day on the beach in Playa Blanca and listen to the sounds of MexicArte from Mexico City. Funds will be donated to our local turtle conservation group. The season is a time for giving – to the animals too!

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Saturday, December 5. 5:00 p.m., CULTURAL SATURDAY in San Jose Ixtapa: This year, the Cultural Institute of Zihuatanejo is hosting events throughout the local communities on Saturdays. On this date, the activities will happen in San Jose Ixtapa, a community just outside of the Ixtapa area on Highway 200. Enjoy an evening of ballet, painting, dancing, and various cultural activities!

San Jose Ixtapa

Saturday, 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.

Tuesday, December 15, 8:00 p.m., CHIDREN’S SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE at La Casa de la Cultura in Zihuatanejo: A children’s orchestra was started in 2013 as part of a state-wide program to create more positive activities for youth. The kids have been practicing every day for this concert. You will be absolutely amazed at their talent and dedication. Everyone come out and support them!!!

Children's Simphonic

Friday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 20 at 7:00 p.m., CHRISTMAS SHOW at the Casa de la Cultura in Zihuatanejo: Get ready to hear some of your favorite songs performed by our local talent. This will be a spectacular event for the entire family. Don’t miss it!

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Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Dinner for Mexicans

Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day Dinner for Americans and Canadians

It happens every year – confusion over the date for Christmas dinner! That’s because Mexicans have their traditional feast at midnight on Christmas Eve, and Americans and Canadians eat on Christmas day. So, if you see a sign in a local restaurant or hotel for a special dinner – check the date! Or, if you get an invitation to share a feast with a Mexican family – confirm the date! Enjoy the holiday.

Thursday, December 31, MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS on the beaches in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa: If you live somewhere else, IMAGINE spending New Year’s Eve on one of our tropical beaches and looking up at the fireworks. Unforgettable! Hope you can join us!

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