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On December 19, 2019, Casa Nicole opened its doors at Pino Suárez 303, Emiliano Zapata, this new boutique hotel is only one block away from Olas Altas Beach, at the Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone.

With a cocktail party offered by Nicole’s Kitchen (the restaurant inside this boutique hotel), this celebration gathered visitors and residents of our destination, who were able to tour some of its main facilities.

During the opening party , the Vallarta Lifestyles staff, had the opportunity to talk with Rolando Palomares, Casa Nicole’s associate, who kindly explained us the vision of this new hotel: “Casa Nicole seeks to become a landmark in the area, trying to keep Puerto Vallarta’s identity through its traditional architecture, because the hotel is located in a remodeled old home that features modern elements. Besides, the unique and personalized service from our staff will be the main feature of this place”.

Casa Nicole has five rooms of one and two bedrooms, as well as swimming pool, gym, meeting room with availability for 10 people, concierge service and the exclusive Nicole’s Kitchen, a restaurant with availability for 120 people that offers American traditional food with a delicious Mexican touch.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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The Puerto Vallarta Gay Men’s Chorus invites everyone to ‘Glow’ - A Christmas Spectacular.

It will be our biggest concert ever! Celebrate the holidays with us on Friday, December 20th, at 8 PM, at Teatro Vallarta. Tickets are available online, and at the box office Uruguay 184, Colonia 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, telephone (322) 222 4525.

The chorus is performing with a number of your favorite guest artists including Amy Armstrong, Enrique de Allende, Joan Houston, Kami Desilets, Lady Zen, Mary Porter, Daniela Treviño, and instrumentalists from IAMPV (Instituto de Artes Musicales de Puerto Vallarta).

Artistic Director Derek Carkner explains that this heart-warming concert includes some well-known songs such as “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “Duermete”, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”, “Away in a Manger” and “Noche de Paz”, as well as other noteworthy songs: “Fun, Fun, Fun”, “Hard Candy Christmas”, “Little Saint Nick”, and “Ocho Kandelikas” (a Hanukkah song in Ladino) and the title song “Glow”.

Make this an even more memorable part of your holiday season by inviting your family and friends along.

Source: PVGMC

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The IVC (Vallarta’s Institute of Culture) has been working over the past few months on restoring the city’s most recognized public art pieces.

With an investment of 300,000 pesos and after a diagnosis of the work to be done was made, specialists were contracted to rehabilitate ten of the city's iconic sculptures. This is the first step of the public art renovation project, which will soon be extended to all the sculptures in Puerto Vallarta.

According to IVC Director Marina de los Santos Álvarez, at the beginning of the year Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña instructed her to find specialists in the field, so she contacted sculptor Fernando Baños, who examined each of the art works to determine the amount of work required to restore each one to its former glory, and if relocating them would be necessary to keep them that way.

Since the sculpture restoration project began several months ago, a great deal of progress has been made on some sculptures, while others are completely finished.

Marina de los Santos said that the goal is to have 90% of Puerto Vallarta's sculptural heritage restored within 2 years. There are 75 public sculptures in Puerto Vallarta so, to meet this goal, efforts will be redoubled in 2020 and 2021 to restore and catalog 20 sculptures each year.

Source: Banderas News

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In early December, Puerto Vallarta welcomed the cruise ship Carnival Panorama, one of the biggest in Carnival Cruises International.

For the first time the maritimal terminal of Puerto Vallarta welcomed the Carnival Panorama, one of the biggest cruises of Carnival Cruises International, that started its inaugural journey throughout the Mexican Pacific.

This cruise ship stopped over a night in the city, it has a length of 1056.43 ft and capacity to host 4,980 passengers. Besides, it has more than 1,400 staff on board. Among the destinations that it will visit are Los Cabos, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta, places where it will return continuously before the end of the year.

Its arrival was last Wednesday December 4th 2019 and with it, the Admnistración Portuaria Integral (API) has held a total of 168 touristic international ships during the year. This magnificent frequency has positioned Puerto Vallarta in the first place of the Mexican Pacific with the highest cruise ship arrivals and in the second place of the whole West Coast, just behind Cabo San Lucas.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Puerto Vallarta will host its first Bahía World Music Festival on December 7 and 8 at Oscar's Restaurant on La Isla Rio Cuale.

The two-day event will feature performances by bands of international renown bringing to our city the sounds of South America, Europe, the Middle East and other regions of the world, along with a talent competition focusing on local underage musicians.

The Bahía World Music Festival is the brainchild of Jair Cabrera, who along with brother Caleb and cousin Gibran, conform the group Media Luna. Formerly based in San Miguel de Allende, and recently moved to Puerto Vallarta, Media Luna combines gypsy rumba, flamenco, rock and huapango to create their own unique sound. They are highly regarded throughout the country and have even opened for the acclaimed Lila Downs. "It was just a dream, more than anything else," explains Jair, who conceived of the festival as a way to perform the music they so much love, exposing it to a broader audience.

Media Luna is one of several local bands presently being promoted by Christie Seeley, a local anglophone music lover and protégé who started attending performances by groups such as Tatehuari, Media Luna and Moruno, and eventually created Vallarta Sounds, a website dedicated to promoting their music to new audiences.

In terms of the actual bands that will perform during the first Bahía World Music Festival, visit their website, where you'll find detailed information about each one of the guest performers, along with ticket information.

Source: Banderas News

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