Christmas Holiday in Mexico 2023

16 December, 2023
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12 Day Tour
Availability : December 16th, 2023
Mexico City
Mexico City
Max People : 15
Christmas Holiday Summary

Dec 16 – Dec 27, 2023

Christmas is one of the most important and revered holidays in Mexico, and like many other traditions, it is surrounded in festivals, crafts, food, music, and tradition.

 This itinerary will take you to explore charming little towns and colonial cities, to discover the Mexican traditions surrounding Christmas, including visiting a small village that makes delicately ornate Christmas baubles.

 Visit the small towns of Atlixco and Metepec, famous for their charm, Christmas spirit, and in the case of Metepec, their dedication to crafting “trees of life”, an art that creates detailed scenes with several elements made with terracotta, and painted in bright colours.

 The city of Morelia welcomes us with its cool evenings, to spend Christmas right at the city centre, with opportunities to witness everyday life of locals, as the bustle in and out of shops, and around markets, in the spree of the holiday.

 To close the experience, enjoy a visit to a Monarch butterfly sanctuary, where thousands of butterflies gather as they come to the Mexican forests in their annual migration, journeying south from Canada.

  • Spend Christmas in the heart of Morelia, a colonial city with cool weather and beautiful Christmas traditions
  • Visit charming little towns with Christmas decorations all over town
  • Visit crafts masters at their shops, including Christmas baubles makers
  • Marvel at the Monarch butterflies swarming in a natural sanctuary
  • Explore six of Mexico’s Magical Towns
Experience details
Not Included

$2,749usd per person (in double room)

  •   You can book with a 30% deposit
  •   Children aged 0-2 are free; children 2-12 pay $565usd (sharing room with parents)
  •   Should you need to cancel, the payment already made is transferable to other tours/departure dates
  •   Single room supplement is $562usd

12 days, 11 nights

Starts in Mexico City, December 16th, 2023

Ends in Mexico City, December 27th, 2023

  •    Traveler insurance, valid for the entirety of the tour (5 days, please request separate document for coverage)
  •    11 overnights in a well located, locally rated 4* hotels
  •    11 breakfasts at the hotels, including taxes and service charges where applicable
  •    One lunch at local restaurants, during a taco tour in Mexico City
  •    Visit the cities and towns of Mexico City, Puebla, Morelia, Taxco, Atlixco, Chignahuapan, Metepec, Patzcuaro and Toluca
  •    Visit master craftspeople creating hand made Christmas baubles in Chignahuapan, and another one specializing in pottery “trees of life” in Metepec
  •    Wander through local markets, tasting Christmas season foods and enjoying a local’s life during the holidays
  •    Visit a natural sanctuary where Monarch butterflies arrive every winter
  •    Private vehicle for the group with A/C (highway fees, parking fees and driver expenses included)
  •    Licensed English-speaking guide
  •    Small group tour (max 15 guests)
  •    Airfare to and from any airports
  •    Meals not described as included in the itinerary
  •    Personal expenses, including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone calls, snacks
  •    Tips or gratuities for driver and Authentic Mexico Tours host/guide
  •    Anything not specifically and explicitly described as included in the itinerary
Day to day description
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Upon arrival in Mexico City, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff who will escort you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in. Take the evening to relax and unwind after your journey, and get ready for an exciting experience ahead.

Accommodation at Zocalo Central; no meals included today

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel, before enjoying a city tour of Mexico City. Discover hidden gems such as a traditional tavern and a candy shop, while also taking in the iconic Templo Mayor, the remnants of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan.

Afterwards, indulge in a walking food tour in downtown Mexico City, savouring the flavours of different types of tacos, a beloved dish that is synonymous with Mexico.

 Accommodation at Zocalo Central; breakfast and lunch included today

Today, embark on a journey to the neighbouring state of Puebla, reaching the charming small Magical Town of Chignahuapan. Here, dozens of workshops have perfected the craft of creating Christmas baubles, many with delicately ornate designs. You will have time to explore the town on your own after visiting the local shrine and a Christmas bauble workshop.

After the visit, the journey continues to the colonial city of Puebla.

Accommodation at NH Puebla; breakfast included today

The city of Cholula lies just outside of Puebla, and is a treasure trove of history and culture waiting to be explored. Discover its colorful historic center, its ornately decorated temples, and the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the largest in the world by volume.

Back in Puebla, immerse yourself in the local culture with a guided city tour, stroll through its colonial-era streets and take in the sights and sounds of the locals preparing for Christmas celebrations. The city comes alive with Christmas lights and decorations in most streets and parks, making it a truly festive experience.

 Accommodation at NH Puebla; breakfast included today

As you bid farewell to Puebla, make a stop in the Magical Town of Atlixco, known for its colorful and picturesque ambiance, especially during Christmas with its festive decorations. Take a leisurely stroll and discover the town at your own pace before setting off to the city of Cuernavaca, nestled in the mountains south of Mexico City.

 Accommodation at Mision Grand Cuernavaca; breakfast included today

Enjoy a day tour to the Magical Town of Taxco, a small mountain city built on rugged terrain, with winding, irregular and steep streets. Explore the town and its local gastronomy, savoring traditional dishes like pozole (pork stew with corn), cecina (cured meat), and locally made cheese.

Take a guided tour and afterwards, stroll through the charming winding alleys, take in the views, do some shopping or continue to taste the local cuisine.

 Accommodation at Mision Grand Cuernavaca; breakfast included today

After a filling breakfast at the hotel, you will head west until you reach the magical town of Metepec- here, local crafts masters have perfected the art of making Trees of Life: heavily adorned, colourful pottery sculptures created and painted by hand. The Trees of Life were once created to illustrate passages of the Bible, and nowadays depict many aspects of Mexican culture, creating some of the most intricate Mexican folk art pieces.

Following a visit to a workshop, you will make a stop in Toluca for lunch (not included), and visit the Botanical Garden, which boasts one of the largest stained glass installations of the world.

Continue to Morelia for a 4 night stay.

 Accommodation at Mision Catedral; breakfast included today

Continuing the visit to Mexico’s magical towns, today you will have an easy paced itinerary visiting the small town of Patzcuaro, known for its colonial-era cobblestone streets lined with red-tile roof houses and its location on the edge of a lake.

Take a guided tour of the town and then embark on a boat ride to the island of Janitzio, famous for its 40-meter-high statue of Morelos, one of Mexico’s Independence heroes. Climb to the top of the statue and admire the views of the island, lake, and surroundings while taking in the murals depicting the life of Morelos along the interior walls.

 Accommodation at Mision Catedral; breakfast included today

Discover the historic centre of Morelia under the guidance of your expert guide. Take a special walking tour of the city and explore its Christmas highlights, such as the local markets, flower stalls, and Christmas trees as locals prepare for Christmas Eve celebrations. The evening is free for you to enjoy at leisure.

Accommodation at Mision Catedral; breakfast included today

Spend Christmas day relaxing at your leisure, enjoying the hotel’s facilities or ask us to arrange a special experience for you.

 Accommodation at Mision Catedral; breakfast included today

As you head back to Mexico City, make a very special stop to witness one of nature’s  most magical moments. Take a detour to visit Monarch Butterfly reserve, where thousands of Monarch Butterflies flock to during their annual migration from Canada.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the reserve and marvel at the sight of countless butterflies fluttering gracefully around. After an awe-inspiring visit, continue the journey back to Mexico City.

Accommodation at Zocalo Central; breakfast included today

At the desginated time, your driver will pick you up for transfer to the airport. Thank you for traveling with us!

 No accommodation provided today; breakfast included today


When is this tour happening?

The tour starts December 16th and ends December 27th, 2023

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends at the airport in Mexico City (MEX). If you require a different start or end spot, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly.

Can I extend my stay in Mexico City, Morelia, or any other?

Of course. Please let us know in advance, so we can make the appropriate arrangements. We might need to charge an additional supplement for a private transfer if needed, depending on your choice of an extension before or after the tour. Should you need help choosing a place to extend your stay, just let us know.

What is the activity level of this tour?

This tour is very easy going. The sun shines bright even in winter, so remember to bring water bottles from the hotel, or purchase on the way. It will not be too physically demanding, but you need to be able to walk comfortably on uneven terrain, dirt paths and cobble stone streets, and climb up steps. 

What should I bring?

We expect the weather to be mild throughout the tour, and we do expect variations in temperature throughout the day. The mornings in all cities visited can be 5° C (40° F) during the winter, but the sun still shines bright and hot at midday (sometimes reaching 20° C (68° F) when not in the shade), so make sure to bring appropriate clothes for both.

You will be walking in cobblestone streets and markets, so bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes, and sunscreen. Sunglasses and bug spray are also recommended. We all like to look good for every picture, but try and pack on the lighter side. Please remember to bring some cash in case you want to buy anything, and for tips to our Authentic Mexico Tours host and for the driver.

I still have questions!

We love questions. Please send us an email or use our contact form and we’ll be happy to go through any unanswered questions you may have, and send the detailed itinerary.

What are Mexico's Magical Towns, mentioned in this itinerary?

From our official Tourism Office in Mexico: Mexico is folklore, traditions, culture, history, nature and cuisine. All these attributes can be found in every corner of our country, but there are towns that concentrate this wealth in a cosmogony that makes them unique, and for this reason they have been called Magical Towns.

So when you visit a Pueblo Magico, or Magical Town, you are exploring a corner of Mexico that shines brighter than other places in terms of authenticity, and its gastronomic, cultural and historical richness.

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