new years eve in mexicoWant to spend New Year’s Eve in Mexico? Well, you're in for a unique treat! When most people think of New Year’s Eve, they think of the ball dropping in Times Square, fireworks going off at Disney World, and their local neighborhood streets blanketed with a freshly fallen layer of snow. They imagine sipping on their hot chocolate and tapping their foot to the familiar beat of Felix Bernard’s “Winter Wonderland.” Since the song debuted in 1934, people all over the United States have associated New Year’s Eve with snow.

Having snowball fights, sitting by a fireplace and building a snowman are certainly enjoyable activities for New Year’s. However, what many people don’t realize is that there’s other equally, if not more enjoyable ways to spend your next New Year’s Eve. Instead of walking in a winter wonderland of snow, you could be walking in a winter wonderland on the beach. Instead of spending News Year’s Eve at home, you could be spending it in a vacation rental in Mexico.

Don't Have to Be Rich to Enjoy Mexico's Rich Culture

Whether you want to experience Mexico’s rich culture, celebrate the New Year in style, or do a little bit of both, there are countless activities and events that make Mexico the perfect News Year’s destination for any type of vacationer.

One of the major advantages of spending New Year’s Eve in Mexico is the climate. Most Americans have a long, three months of winter – shoveling mounds of snow, avoiding ice patches, and wearing extra layers of clothing – to deal with after the New Year’s celebration has passed. Why not take a break from the cold and enjoy the warm, tropical weather of Mexico?

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Mexico City

When planning a New Year’s stay in Mexico, travelers need to look no further than the nation’s capital, Mexico City. On New Year’s Eve, many locals and tourists alike gather around Zocalo, the main city square, for a full day of excitement and entertainment. The cars, buses and taxis that normally fill the routes around the square are replaced with dozens of bands, lively music and flocks of people ready to celebrate. Besides the music, there are floats, dancers and a spectacular midnight firework show that make any New Year’s Eve in Mexico a memorable one.

Since January 1st is a national Mexican holiday, many New Year’s celebrations throughout the country continue well beyond midnight and into the early morning. While some offices and stores are closed for the holiday, tourists should have no fear because many of Mexico City’s major attractions, like Chapultepec Park (which contains several museums including the National Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Castle, and an amusement park called La Feria Chapultepec Mágico) and the Museo del Templo Mayor (which houses the remnants of buildings from the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan), are open and awaiting your arrival.

Beyond Mexico City

Beyond Mexico City, travelers are encouraged to enjoy the sand and the songs from one of Mexico’s exhilarating New Year’s Eve beach parties. In the days leading up to and following New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy the many benefits of vacationing near the Gulf of Mexico – fishing, sun bathing, snorkeling, boating, surfing, parasailing. And on New Year’s Eve, the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Cancún, or any other city along the coast will be full of bonfires, live DJ’s, electrifying music and dancing, and of course, a barrage of fireworks.

Regardless of where you end up in Mexico, make sure you and your fellow travelers have 12 grapes handy as the New Year’s countdown begins. Immediately after shouting “Feliz año nuevo!” (Happy New Year!) at the stroke of midnight, Mexican tradition calls for the eating of 12 grapes, one at a time, to guarantee good luck for each of the upcoming months until the next New Year’s Eve celebration.