EVENTS by Fernando Rodriguez

4 – Annual Liga MAC Christmas Fiesta

The 8th Annual Liga MAC Christmas Fiesta takes place Saturdayy night, December 4th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Shoppes Palmilla. The Liga MAC Angels Choir will be performing while the Liga MAC volunteers will be serving wine donated by El Wine Shop, along with homemade desserts and appetizers. The event is open to the public. Cost of admission is an unwrapped toy for children ages 1 to 12 (please, no toys that require batteries please). The toys are given to low-income families assisted by LIGA MAC when Santa visits our Centro de Apoyo at El Zacatal for our Christmas Posada Day. The donated gifts received will be sorted, wrapped and delivered on Christmas Eve to more than 400 children of families in Liga MAC’s “Despensa,” or Basic Needs program. This annual San Jose del Cabo tradition is sponsored by the generous merchants at the Shoppes at Palmilla who have donated items for the traditional raffle and will open their doors open for great holiday shopping serving a tremendously needed cause. The Shoppes at Palmilla offer original works of art, clothing, home furnishings, accessories, baked goods, and gift certificates for fine dining and more. Celebrating 16 years of service to the community of San Jose del Cabo, Liga MAC, is a legally registered Mexican charity in San Jose del Cabo comprised of Mexicans, Americans and Canadians aiding low-income families by providing basic needs, medical assistance and educational support to families in need. For more information please email info@ligamac.com.

10-Los Cabos Culinary Festival

Sabor a Cabo

The 11th Annual Los Cabos ”Sabor a Cabo” Culinary International Festival returns to its late autumn time date of Saturday, December 10. The gourmet delicacy offerings of local and international chefs will benefit the Los Cabos Children’s Foundation as well as the Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Fire Departments. The Southern Baja California event will once again showcase top chefs and guest food experts from the western hemisphere, as well featuring incredibly highly innovative selections of food and wine as well as live entertainment. The event will be held at the Sculpture Gardens in Puerto Los Cabos and ticket sales begin next week, so even the prices are not known for the festival, but as always proceeds with the ticket sales will be to support fire departments and SJC CSL. The attractive setting is for the biggest culinary food festival not just in Baja California, but in all of Mexico. ”Sabor a Cabo, is the perfect storm,” said Gianmarco Vela, of CANIRAC, the restaurant and bars association of Los Cabos representing 600 local dining and drinking establishments, ”the flames of good music, good wine, and good friends and of course, great food.” Chef Guillermo Gomez and his team from Cocina del Mar at Esperanza Resort are ready to delight the 2016 star filled crowd with their delicious seafood menu. ”The food, the culture, the history, is so rich here,” commented Gene Simmons of the Rock & Roll band KISS last year. Sharing his excitement and glee with MANA musician Alex Gonzalez, who added, ”you know what, independent of the ocean and nature, the people here are wonderful.” Past music guests who have performed to joyous crowd have been the popular Mexican group La Ley and in 2015, Lila Downs. For tickets please call 624-143944 or visit www.saboracabo.mx and/or email  info@loscabos.mx.

12-Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe,

This yearly celebration is a national display of Catholic tradition and Mexican culture that fills San Jose del Cabo and San Lucas with street fairs, fireworks and processions following mass at both historical Catholic Churches in each city. In San Jose del Cabo, the event will take place in the central plaza, while in San Lucas the festivities will be at Amelia Wilkes Plaza, located at Miguel Hidalgo and Cabo San Lucas Boulevard. On this date, Catholics from across Mexico and other countries pay pilgrimage to the day that it is believed a man named Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary twice in Mexico City, on December 9 and December 12 in 1531. According to this centuries old legend, Mary told Juan to ask the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. The bishop however, needed proof of Juan’s encounter and asked for a miracle. Juan returned to the hill to see roses in a spot where there was previously cactus. When Juan Diego returned, he  presented the red roses to the archbishop that also revealed an image on his cloak of the Lady of Guadalupe. According to the story of the Lady of Guadalupe, Mary spoke in the Nahuatl language when she appeared to Diego. It is said that millions of indigenous people in Mexico were converted to Catholicism as a result of her appearance and miracle. The bishop was convinced of the miracle and built a church in honor of the event. Our Lady of Guadalupe Day is not a federal public holiday Mexico, but it is a religious festival, that is exceedingly popular. It is an optional holiday for some workers and a holiday for banks and other financial sector organizations. The day Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary is considered a turning point in Mexican history, when native inhabitants finally converted from their Aztec religious beliefs to that of Christianity.

16-24 The Christmas Posadas

From Monday December 16 until Tuesday, Christmas Eve December 24, the country of Mexico and Baja California Sur Region of Los Cabos celebrate the 9 days of candlelit processions that continue until the day before Christmas. The Posadas are an important part of Mexican Christmas celebrations. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, and this tradition re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas are held in Mexico on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas. The celebration begins with a procession in which the participants hold candles and sing Christmas carols. There are always individuals who dress up and play the parts of Mary and Joseph, leading the way.

24 – Bilingual Christmas Services in Los Cabos,

The Cabo San Lucas Catholic Church, built in 1730,  is the main Catholic place of worship year round in Cabo.  For Christmas, the church will offer bilingual masses on 12/24 Christmas Eve at 8:00 pm and 12/25 Christmas Day at 12:00 noon. The church is located at Cabo San Lucas Boulevard & Francisco Madero, across the street from Plaza Amelia Wilkes. In San José del Cabo, the historic Catholic Mission Church, which is found at the main plaza, will offer masses on the 25th at 10:00 am in English. A part of the Christmas tradition in Mexico are the savory treats that are a nationwide favorite known as buñuelos; which are crispy fried flour tortillas soaked in honey, or brown sugar. Other Mexican staples of the Christmas celebrations south of the border are tamales and ”atole” or ”champurrado”, which is a thick hot and savory chocolate drink.

31 – New Year’s Eve

For anyone who has never experienced New Year’s Eve in Cabo, the place to be is Medano Beach, where the fireworks explode hundreds of feet overhead and then trickle down onto the spectacular atmosphere of the small bay and all its soft sandy terrain. Of course, every resort, restaurant and nightclub in both San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo will offer New Year’s Eve party packages of their own. The last day of the old year and ushering in of  the new year atmosphere at Medano Beach is electric, fun and unforgettable. Every year, the Mango Deck Cantina and restaurant  provides a live entertainment party that everyone can enjoy and listen to from their place on the beach. New Year’s Eve booze cruises are also available for every party-goer in Cabo for the holidays.