Ringing in a New Year – Mexico City style!

I’ve never experienced New Year in the sun and heat.   Anecdotes and photos from family in Australia have allowed glimpses of a Christmas with shorts and t-shirts,  sunscreen and beaches….

I’m very attached to my traditional Christmas at home – but I’m game for anything at New Year.  Over the past few years we’ve managed a city break either in Europe or the US.  This years schedule presented an extra week after Christmas – an opportunity never to be ignored!!   It wasn’t quite ‘stick a pin in the map’ but late decisions don’t allow for much flexibility and reasonably priced options.

Anyway – Mexico was available,  affordable and due a return visit.  We booked flights into Mexico City and out of Cancun – allowing for culture,  archaeology,  art,  food and the all important sun!

 

I found it a bit strange at first,  seeing signs of Christmas in the sun…

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Pinata decorations around the city….

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Many businesses sponsor nativity scenes along the sidewalks….

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This was my favourite – look at the beading detail…

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On New Years Eve,  most celebrations centre around two locations – the city’s main square (Zócalo) and around the Angel de la Independencia monument.   Having yet to master the skill of bilocation,  we opted for the one closest to our hotel – we were 2 blocks from the monument so it was a no-brainer really on such a busy night.  We’d just arrived into the city at about 9.00pm so it was great to be so close to the action.

 

The main square hosts the biggest crowd….

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…..but we had plenty at the monument!!!

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Lots of nibbles…

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… and my first holiday beer….

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There was a live concert from late evening – no fireworks at the monument but plenty of music,  strobe lighting,  sparklers and dancing.   There was a fantastic atmosphere – perfect for singles and families alike.  Lots of groups had brought their champagne and glasses to ring in the new year.

We didn’t linger much after midnight – we’d already been up for about 26 hours – but the celebrations continued long after we’d hit the pillow.

 

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Small Stuff

 

New Years Day

If you are ever planning for a few days around New Year in Mexico City,  be warned that nothing will open on New Years Day – so make sure you allow an extra day or two for sightseeing and/or shopping.  Its very much a family day.

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Flights:

Not everyone is happy to travel on the holidays but we’ve flown a few times on New Year’s Eve.  The flights are usually the last to be filled from our experience and tend to be better value.   We flew Dublin – Madrid – Mexico City on the 31st.   We could have flown via the US on the 30th – but it would cost an extra €600 each!!!

 

Sleeping:

We stayed at the  Hotel Galeria Plaza Reforma which was a great location for New Year.

 

There is the Angel Monument (taken from hotel roof) where the festivities were held.

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Good Breakfast

 

Roof top pool

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Before you go ….

Have a look at a few of our other New Year trips….

A Very Happy New Year in Vienna

Boston

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21 thoughts on “Ringing in a New Year – Mexico City style!

    1. Me neither – never gave it much thought I suppose but certainly didn’t attach any religious significance to it.
      Happy New Year to you and best wishes for 2020…..

  1. Looks like a great place to celebrate the New Year. Like yourself, I like to spend Christmas at home so seeing it celebrated in warm climates is so weird to me. I love a NYE trip though so will have to add Mexico City to my list for future years 🙂

      1. I grew up in London which is always fun. Edinburgh is definitely a must if you haven’t done it for NYE before.

      2. Never did Edinburgh although its so close and so brilliant – always feel I wont get accommodation because its so popular… of course if I got my act together on time…

      3. Absolutely. You’ve got to plan the accommodation early but definitely worth visiting 🙂

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