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. 😉
A friend and I started our night stroll at Guadalajara Cathedral.
In front of it is a small park/square where the locals hang out with their friends or family.
The scene around the historic area is a testament that capital cities don’t have to be flashy.
The local culture, history, and people’s way of life are reflected in here.
Though Guadalajara is the capital of Mexico’s Jalisco State, the city has a small-town vibe.
Strolling around, my friend and I really felt that Christmas is (or can be) celebrated away from consumerism.
At Plaza de la Liberacion, Christmas symbols are ubiquitous.
Most of the decors here are wonderfully handcrafted – something that is rare in the West.
Look at these giant effigies! Aren’t they wonderful?
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.