Fairs, Festivals and Fiestas: December Events in Baja
December brings the holiday season in Baja, with a wealth of traditional celebrations interspersed with secular events like fundraisers, concerts and culinary festivals.
Rosarito boasts what may be Baja’s musical event of the year, an epic concert pairing the world’s best known mariachi group, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, with a binational symphony orchestra. Los Cabos s hosts its annual food and wine fete, Sabor a Cabo, with offerings from over 50 local restaurants. And two of the peninsula’s landmark lodgings will ring in 2016 with spectacular New Year’s Eve galas.
There are hundreds of local events that can be found on Baja.com. The following represent some of our favorite selections.
Event dates and details are subject to sudden change and cancellation. Please confirm with the event organizers before booking your trip.
When: Nov. 29 – Dec. 5
Los Cabos’ largest culinary festival returns Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, with a week of food and wine related parties– a country food and wine tasting, a craft beer fest, and a wine and art walk – leading up to the main event: an enormous food and wine fiesta featuring 52 participating restaurants at Club Campestre golf course in San Jose del Cabo. In addition to featuring delicious food from celebrated local and international chefs, the final fête will also showcase musical performances, most notably form 2015 Latin Grammy Winner Lila Downs.
Cost: $130 – 140
When: Dec. 10
The Los Cabos Humane Society’s Dressed to the K-9s Gala Christmas Party is an annual holiday fundraiser – with a silent auction and raffle – to benefit animals and community services in Los Cabos. This year’s event, to be held in the ballroom and courtyard of the elegant Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf and Spa Resort, will feature “A Christmas in Venice” theme, complete with 18th century style masks and costumes. Branden James, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, will perform everything from Puccini to Andrea Bocelli, and an Italianate dinner buffet will be provided courtesy of Chef Manuel De Luca of De Cortez Grill.
Cost: $135 – 275
When: Dec. 12
The world’s most famous mariachi group, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, performs with a binational symphony from the U.S. and Mexico in this much anticipated concert at the Baja California Center, a newly built, state-of-the-art facility overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Playas de Rosario.
Cost: $60 – 350
When: Dec. 31
Each year on Dec. 31, the legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel invites revelers from both sides of the border to ring in the New Year with dinner, drinks and dancing, as well as a spectacular international show in the hotel’s Salon Mexicano ballroom.
Cost: $49 – 99
When: Dec. 31
Casa Dorada throws the best New Year’s Eve parties in Los Cabos, with past celebrations ranging from barefoot formals to a carnivalesque bacchanal. This year there’s a white party theme, with color coordinated guests invited to enjoy to an open bar and deluxe buffet from Chef Francisco Aguirre at the resort’s 12 Tribes restaurant, as well as live music from bands and resident DJs, and of course a spectacular fireworks show over Medano Beach at midnight.
Cost: $85 – 140
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