Christmas in Guadalajara – A City With a Small-Town Vibe

Christmas in Guadalajara is full of bright lights, decors, and people just hanging out at the public square or park. It was a festive scene at the city’s historic district and the Christmas spirit was all over. But before you scroll down for photos, let me just tell you that these photos were taken last year. I never had the chance to post them here – so here they are – albeit a year late. πŸ˜‰

Inside the Guadalajara Cathedral (Mexico)
Inside the Guadalajara Cathedral in Mexico Christmas

A friend and I started our night stroll at Guadalajara Cathedral.

Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara (Mexico).
Teatro Degollado Guadalajara at Christmas

In front of it is a small park/square where the locals hang out with their friends or family.

Christmas in Guadalajara (Mexico).
Christmas in Guadalajara (Mexico).

The scene around the historic area is a testament that capital cities don’t have to be flashy.

Christmas in Guadalajara (Mexico).
Christmas in Guadalajara (Mexico).

The local culture, history, and people’s way of life are reflected in here.

Christmas in Guadalajara (Mexico).
Christmas in Guadalajara (Mexico).

Though Guadalajara is the capital of Mexico’s Jalisco State, the city has a small-town vibe.

Christmas in Guadalajara (Mexico).
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Strolling around, my friend and I really felt that Christmas is (or can be) celebrated away from consumerism.

Christmas in Guadalajara (Mexico).
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At Plaza de la Liberacion, Christmas symbols are ubiquitous.

Plaza de la Liberacion
Plaza de la Liberacion

Most of the decors here are wonderfully handcrafted – something that is rare in the West.

Effigy of one of The Three Kings.
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Look at these giant effigies! Aren’t they wonderful?

Things to do in Guadalajara

Affordable Hotel in Guadalajara

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If you are only staying for a night or two in Guadalajara, stay at Hotel Real Maestranza. It’s a clean boutique hotel with friendly staff. You can reach the Guadalajara Historical Center in less than 10 minutes on foot. Shops, restaurants, and bars are a few steps from the hotel and very close to the pedestrian pathway. They also serve a good breakfast. You can book it via Booking.com and TripAdvisor. For hostels in Guadalajara, book here.

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