Cabo San Lucas is well-known for its vibrant culture, incredible weather, year-round sunshine, and beautiful beaches. Even though most people visit Los Cabos for the summer experience, a Christmas vacation in the city is an unforgettable and unique way to celebrate the season.
If you are curious about visiting Cabo San Lucas during December but you are still not sure, we will share with you how Cabo is during this time. We will tell you what makes it special, what are the best activities to do, and some tips to plan your holiday getaway.
Is Christmas a good time to visit Los Cabos?
Cabo San Lucas is a beautiful place to visit during the Christmas season. The entire month of December you will be able to find live events, decorations, Christmas trees, and other traditional ornaments. The holiday season goes from December 1st to February 2nd.
Mexican Christmas traditions are a mix of Catholicism, Christianity, and Mayan culture. It is a very rich combination that tourists love because of its uniqueness, and you can enjoy specific events, traditions, meals, drinks, and so much more that stems from it.
Spending Christmas vacation in Cabo San Lucas also gives you the possibility to go on a whale-watching tour, which is a seasonal excursion. The whale-watching season goes from mid-December to mid-April, and it is a magical encounter with these gigantic beautiful creatures that you can only experience here.
La Isla Tour offers whale-watching excursions that cruise around the landmarks of the Sea of Cortez and visit the best locations to spot whales. Our tour includes snacks and drinks, so you only worry about having fun!
Cabo San Lucas weather in December
After the heat of the summer, Cabo San Lucas has very pleasant weather and temperatures in December. During this month, the temperatures can go from 59º F (15º C) to 86º F (30º C), which is cooler but still comfortable.
It doesn’t snow in Los Cabos, so you will only need a light jacket or a sweater for the night. During the day, it is warm and sunny, the temperature is nice for visiting the beach or exploring the city without being too hot.
Also, water temperatures are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, or diving. These can range from 72º F (22º C) to 77º F (25º C).
How is the holiday season in Los Cabos?
Cabo San Lucas is a great location to spend the holiday season. Not only you can enjoy the beauty of Cabo but also celebrate all the traditions with the people you love. In the city, you will see many decorations, Christmas trees, and nativity scenes everywhere.
If you visit San José del Cabo, you can delight yourself with the opulent ornaments in the main plaza, and then take a walk for the Art Walk, a fine art exposition made by local galleries and studios showing their best pieces for sale.
Mid-December you can also enjoy Cabo San Lucas Nautical Parade, which lasts a few days, and it is a gorgeous view of all the Christmas lights and fireworks! You can appreciate it from the Cabo San Lucas marina or a nearby beach.
Of course, incredible meals and drinks are always present. Mexican traditional food for Christmas is delicious and unique. Besides the traditional roasted meat and veggies, yuou can try the tamales, pozole, buñuelos, and romeritos.
The popular beverage is the Christmas punch (similar to the traditional but with a Mexican twist), rompope (Mexican eggnog), seasonal beers, or home tequila.
If your Cabo San Lucas vacation is colliding with Christmas Eve, then you are in for a feast. Mexican Christmas celebrations are all about reuniting the family, eating delicious food, talking, and sharing. Christmas Eve or Noche Buena is extra special because our families gather to share, exchange gifts, and stay up late.
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve in Cabo San Lucas is a magnificent event where fireworks are the main attraction. Most people decide to celebrate in beachside restaurants or even in a private catamaran. There is no better way to receive the new year than in the middle of the Sea of Cortez surrounded by your loved ones.
What to do in Cabo San Lucas in December?
There are many fun activities to do in Los Cabos in December. We definitely recommend taking time to do the next activities so you can fully enjoy the charm of the city during your Christmas vacation.
December is a great month to enjoy the beach and practice water sports. Los Cabos is well known for its beautiful beaches and varied marine life, so you can go swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, and so much more.
Some popular beaches are Medano Beach, Cannery Beach, Chileno Bay, Palmilla Beach, and Santa Maria Bay.
If you are visiting in December you cannot miss going on a whale watching excursion! It is an unforgettable experience with these majestic creatures, and you can spot many different species. In Los Cabos, you can find whale sharks, humpback whales, gray whales, blue whales, killer whales, and more.
La Isla Tour offers you a whale-watching excursion cruising around the best spots in the Sea of Cortez. Our guides will tell you everything you need to know about these magical creatures, and we also include snacks and drinks!
Enjoy Las Posadas
Las Posadas is a tradition where people recreate the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It lasts nine days, from December 16th to the 24th. Each day there are candlelit processions visiting different house parties to celebrate their welcoming into the inn.
Explore San José del Cabo
San José del Cabo is the sister city of Cabo San Lucas. It is only 30 min away, and it is a different town overall. Calmer, and with mostly locals, San José del Cabo has a charming aura that everybody loves.
Explore the main square, discover the gallery district, go on the Art Walk, and have an incredible dinner outside in one of the popular restaurants.
Cabo San Lucas Nautical Christmas Parade
As we mentioned, the Cabo San Lucas Nautical Christmas Parade is an event that starts in mid-December and it lasts a couple of days. Each night, many boats sail and decorate the ocean with Christmas lights. The beautiful parade ends with fireworks that you can enjoy from the marina or a nearby beach.
Enjoy Cabo San Lucas with a sailboat tour in the Sea of Cortez with La Isla Tour
If you are celebrating Christmas in Cabo you need to plan a sailboat tour to explore the Sea of Cortez. All Cabo adventures need a snorkeling tour, whale-watching tour, or a sunset dinner cruise, and La Isla Tour offers all of them.
Discover the underwater world and the many species of tropical fish living in it, have a close encounter with the majestic whales, or enjoy the best sunsets in the world while having a gourmet dinner. You decide the activity, and we take care of the rest. Our tours include snacks and drinks, snorkel gear, and paddle boards!
Celebrate your events in a luxurious private catamaran
Spend Christmas vacation in a luxurious boat while cruising around the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean landmarks. Celebrate Christmas or any other event with us. At La Isla Tour we help you throw weddings, anniversaries, vow renewals, proposals, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more!
Our luxurious excursions include an open bar to delight all your guests, and gourmet meals prepared y a renowned Mexican chef onboard.