Amidst the festive air of Cabo San Lucas during the holiday season, one event stands out as a mesmerizing spectacle: the 5th edition of the Mar Y Christmas festival. This beloved celebration transforms the bay into a dazzling showcase of boats adorned with lights, colors, and captivating decorations. The Nautical Christmas Parade has become a cherished tradition, enchanting both locals and visitors with its breathtaking display of maritime grandeur.
This year's festival promises an array of boats of various lengths, models, and shapes, each meticulously decorated to create fantastic and magical productions. From yachts to sailboats, the vessels will glide gracefully along the waters, filling the bay with music, tradition, and cultural flair. Organized by Festivales Nauticos, the event invites families and friends to join in and experience the wonder from different vantage points along Medano Beach and La Marina.
On December 16th, starting at 2:00 pm, the festivities kick off with food and entertainment at La Terminal near the Breathless Hotel in the marina. This serves as a delightful precursor to the main event, where the parade sets sail, painting the bay with a symphony of lights as it makes its way from the RIU resorts toward the Cabo San Lucas marina. The crescendo of live music heightens the excitement of onlookers, culminating in a breathtaking display of fireworks illuminating Medano Beach – a fitting conclusion to an enchanting evening.
The Nautical Christmas Parade symbolizes more than just a visual spectacle; it embodies the fusion of cherished traditions with the festive spirit. It serves as a beacon of community unity and offers travelers a chance to immerse themselves in the rich culture of this Mexican paradise.
However, the festival is just one facet of the vibrant holiday tapestry woven across Los Cabos in December. San José del Cabo beckons with lavishly adorned plazas and vibrant decorations, complemented by art exhibitions and the festive ambiance of local restaurants, all paying homage to Mexican Christmas traditions.
From the revered Day of the Virgin Guadalupe to the cherished Las Posadas, where celebrations span the streets from December 16th to 24th, each event weaves a narrative of cultural richness and communal revelry. And as the calendar turns to December 31st, New Year’s Eve ignites the skies with dazzling fireworks and lively street parties, bidding adieu to the past year and welcoming the promises of the new one.
In Los Cabos, December is more than a month; it's an intricate mosaic of traditions, celebrations, and experiences that encapsulate the vibrant holiday spirit. The Mar Y Christmas festival serves as a sparkling beacon, inviting travelers to join in a journey of festive marvels, blending the beauty of maritime spectacle with the rich tapestry of Mexican traditions. Step ashore into this wondrous celebration and create cherished memories that echo the vibrant heart of Cabo's holiday spirit.
No matter the time of year, there is always something to celebrate in Los Cabos. See the full list of our holiday celebrations, special events, and traditional festivals.