December in Baja is a time for family-friendly festivities and religious celebrations, as well as sporting events and glamorous galas that in the true spirit of the holiday season often benefit the peninsula’s less fortunate citizens. Of course, visitors seeking the ultimate in glitz and glamor under the Baja stars should explore the dazzling array of year-end events offered by some of the region’s top luxury lodgings. The legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel, for example, is once again hosting its traditional New Year’s Eve extravaganza, with optional accommodations packages that include border crossing fast passes for the trip home.
There are hundreds of local events for everyone 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.
Tijuana: Reggae Latino 2013
When: Dec 7
Reggae Latino is an annual festival tour that celebrates the classic and roots styles of reggae in Latin America. The final stop on this year’s Mexican tour is a concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana that will feature performances by South American acts Dread Mar I and Zona Ganjah.
Cabo San Lucas: 8th Annual Dressed to the K-9s Christmas Gala
When: Dec 7
Christmas in Rio is the theme at this year’s Dressed to the K-9s, a fundraising fete for the animals of Los Cabos that will be held at the luxurious Villa Marcella in Cabo San Lucas’ exclusive Pedregal neighborhood. The Carnival inspired 2013 event will boast colorful Brazilian style costumes, decor and live entertainment.
Todos Santos: 5K Race – Palapa Society Benefit
When: Dec 28
This annual 5K run is organized by the Palapa Society of Todos Santos, which will donate all proceeds to the Chino Project for local children with major medical needs. In addition to the 5K race, there will also be a shorter 1K children’s run, as well as raffle prizes, live music and other fun-filled festivities.
Rosarito: Traditional New Year’s Eve Party at Rosarito Beach Hotel
When: Dec 31
Greet the new year at one of Baja’s landmark lodgings, a romantic oceanfront pleasure palace that has hosted the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth. The Traditional New Year’s Eve Party at the Rosarito Beach Hotel features dinner, drinks, dancing and a spectacular international show in the Salon Mexicano ballroom.
Cabo San Lucas: Glitz and Glam New Year’s Eve Party at Nikki Beach
When: Dec 31
Ring in 2014 Gatsby style with the Glitz and Glam New Years Eve Party at Nikki Beach in the ME Cabo Hotel. The premier poolside party place on Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas is offering an elegant evening under the stars, with champagne, vintage fashions, fireworks and romantic music.
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