Las Posadas is a novenario (nine days of religious observance) beginning 16 December and ending 24 December. The Catholic tradition recounts Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage from Nazareth to Bethlehem, as they were looking for a lodging to give birth to Jesus.
The holiday season is one of the most anticipated of the year. The city boasts a special atmosphere with Christmas decorations and traditional festivities begin to take place, where the most important thing is gathering with family and friends. One of such celebrations is the posadas, celebrated all over Mexico and also in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.
Although posadas are officially celebrated December 16 – 24, many begin organizing them earlier in December and sometimes into January, given the sometimes hectic pace of the season in general—the latter are sometimes referred to as “post-posadas.”
Nobody wants to feel out of place during an important celebration, particularly our foreign visitors that choose to spend the Winter holiday season in Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit. To that effect, we are happy to share a brief overview of this time-honored tradition, so you can join your local friends in celebration.
Each one of the nine days preceding Christmas Day has a unique significance: happiness, charity, confidence, detachment, strength, generosity, humility, justice and purity. At first, posadas were organized at church atriums and, through time, were extended to the streets, where people gathered joyfully to be part of the processions. People sang and dance, increasingly cheering as the event began. In this fashion, the religious aspect of the celebration fused with the mundane, resulting in a unique mixture of fun and devotion that, in time, transformed the Mexican posadas into one of the most beautiful and unique celebrations in the world.
Source: Vallarta Lifestyles
GayCities.com readers chose the winners of 15 categories in the tenth edition of the Best of Gay Cities Awards, and Puerto Vallarta received the "Fun in the Sun" award.
More than 125,000 readers of GayCities participated in the 10th Anniversary edition of the Best of Gay Cities survey by voting for the most LGBT friendly cities and destinations in the world. A member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), Puerto Vallarta was the only destination in Mexico to make this year's 'Best of 2018' list.
Among the followers of GayCities, Puerto Vallarta is well-known as a gay-friendly city that offers LGBT travelers a wide range of world-class services and amenities, including fabulous beaches, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and, of course, a proud LGBT community. The readers of the publication refer to Puerto Vallarta as a 'paradise,' not only for its warm and sunny climate and its wealth of natural attractions, but also for its hospitality and acceptance of people from all walks of life.
For Puerto Vallarta, there are reviews of 77 places and events, the hottest of which are currently the New Year's Eve "White Party" and the "Beef Dip" party on January 29 & 30th. Puerto Vallarta's Sister City, San Francisco, California dominated the 2018 Best of Gay Cities survey, winning the Most Welcoming City, Sustainable Dining, Most Loved Bar (440 Castro), and 'Rainbow Crosswalk' awards.
Source: Banderas News
With a great artistic and cultural schedule, Banderas Bay will be celebrating its 29th anniversary.
Banderas Bay's municipal president, Dr Jaime Alonso Cuevas Tello, invites everyone on December 11 to participate in the celebrations with a schedule that includes a an art exhibit, a solemn sesion of the State Congress and a concert by El Coyote y su Banda Tierra Santa.
The party begins at 9 am, with the ribbon cutting on the art exhibit of 20 pieces provided by the Consejo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes de Nayarit (CECAN). At noon, the XXXII Legislatura del Congreso del Estado (State Congress Legislature), will begin a solemn session at the Valle de Banderas square, with the involvement of mayor Jaime Cuevas, Congress president Leopoldo Dominguez and representatives Yusara Ramírez Salazar, Karla Flores Parra and Ismael Duñalds Ventura, where a decree elevating Banderas Bay to a Municipality of the State of Nayarit will be read.
At 6:00 pm, at José Ponce de San José del Valle street, the Citizen Merit Award will be given to distinguished citizens in Arts, Culture, Education and Sports. José Ángel Ledesma Quintero, known as El Coyote y su Banda Tierra Santa, will close out the celebrations with a free concert for everyone attending.
The Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra is delighted to invite you to the first concert of their 14th season, Concierto Navideño 2018.
In addition to classical favorites, traditional, and popular Christmas music, the concert will feature the Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra by Cimarosa with soloists Klaus Liebetanz and D'Rachael. The program also includes Dance of the Tumblers (Rimsky-Korsakov), Villanesca (Granados), Capriccio Italien(Tchaikovsky), Berceuse and Finale from the Firebird Suite (Stravinsky), as well as a selection of popular and traditional Christmas music.
The first performance of this concert is on Sunday, December 16 at The American School of Puerto Vallarta, Albatros 129, Marina Vallarta; and the second on Monday, December 17 at Salon Paraiso, Paseo de los Cocoteros 67, Nuevo Vallarta. Both concerts begin at 7:00 pm. Admission is 200 pesos for adults and 80 pesos for children. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit IAMPV.org, or IAMPuertoVallarta on Facebook.
Since its inception as a small ensemble the Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra has grown to be a full-sized orchestra, being the only community orchestra in the Bay Area. Directed by Daniel Oliveros, the PVCO houses local and international musicians with over 40 artists from +8 countries all joining their talent to produce the highest level of formal music in the whole region. The PVCO is part of a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and instruction of music at all levels, Instituto de Artes Musicales or IAM PV.
Source: Banderas News
From December to March, it is the official whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta, a destination characterized by having natural resources to shelter more than two thousand cetaceans that cross the Pacific Ocean each year, from North California to Bahia de Banderas.
In a statement, the Puerto Vallarta Tourist Board informed that in the destination there are several service providers that offer this activity. Therefore, it said, it is important that when booking it, it is checked that the vessel has the federal permit from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat, for its acronym in Spanish).
In addition, it said, to make the trip much more pleasant, it should be accompanied by a biologist, who will explain the precautionary measures that should be considered when making the trip. The "marine giants", as they are also known, give a show with jumps and flutters, which can be observed just a few meters away from the boat or between 200 and 500 meters from the beach.
He added that Puerto Vallarta is one of the most complete sun and beach destinations in the Mexican Republic, having a wide variety of ecotourism activities, without neglecting its responsibility to the environment.
You can read more about whale watching in Vallarta HERE.