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Magic Towns in Mexico that'll make you feel you’re in a Christmas landscape

Why don’t we start setting things up and pour ourselves into the Christmas spirit?

It's not even Christmas, and yet I’m already talking about this season! But, let’s be honest, this winter holiday is just around the corner. Thus, why don’t we start setting things up and pour ourselves into the Christmas spirit? Speaking of setting, here are some  Magic Towns (known as ‘Pueblos Mágicos’) in Mexico that will make you feel that you’re in a Christmas landscape.

Tlalpujahua, Michoacán

Located in the state of Michoacán, this enchanting Magic Town gets popular during the holidays due to their production of an emblematic Christmas ornament: spheres. Every year, Tlapujahua’s workshops create Christmas spheres with dazzling decorations that will awake your inner buyer side!

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These delicate pieces of art are sold in exclusive stores because of the artisans’ quality production. The local people use the work of blown glass, a technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble (or parison) with the aid of a blowpipe. 

In October, the Magic Town of Tlalpujahua gets ahead in decorating itself with Christmas hues. The reason behind this is that the people inaugurate their traditional Sphere Fair. The town’s auditorium and streets are transformed, for two months, into an immense tianguis (an open-air market) that display a wide range of colorful spheres. 

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Atlixco, Puebla

On November 12 of this year, Atlixco received their visitors with their spectacular Christmas lighting of the Brillafest. This is a tourist attraction in which the illuminated village immerse the people with a holiday imagination, magic, and color, thanks to the use of the most advanced lighting technology, amazing floats, dancers, acrobats, lots of music, and dancing.

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During the holidays, every visitor will be able to enjoy an elaborated program that takes you trough a tour of of illuminated giant figures aboard a train. They can pamper their palates and stomachs by tasting the gastronomic pavilion, which offers European-style mulled wine, a chocolate made with fresh and tropical cocoa, wood-fired pizza, and many more treats. Plus, everyone can appreciate the pastorela, a traditional representation of the birth of Jesus, or go through a 3D tunnel in which the lights will turn into Christmas figures!

All of the above will last up to January 9, 2022. 

[Image: Ted McGrath]

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Chignahuapan, Puebla

Perhaps Puebla might be the Mexico’s champion state when it comes to putting on the Christmas spirit. Another one of its Magic Towns, called Chignahuapan, takes care of mounting a holiday landscape by reflecting the work of generations that manufacture traditional spheres. Do I see here a a possible competition with Tlalpujahua?

In that case, Chignahuapan could be prepared for the challenge. Why? Well, this place is considered one of the largest producers of Christmas spheres in the world. Their. ornaments carry a Mexican stamp as they travel to different corners of the planet.

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What’s definitely clear is the fact that Mexico is clearly an expert on these lovely decorations! 

[Image: Angélica Portales]

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Acolman, State of Mexico

Part of the holiday celebrations in Mexico are the posadas, representative parties that are celebrated 9 days before Christmas. And there can be no posada without a piñata, an essential element of every party that may contain either fruits or candies. It was precisely in the MagicTown of Acolman where the first piñatas of the country began to be made in the Ex Convent of San Agustin, according to ancient records. 

This is the perfect place to find the most traditional piñatas for the setting of the traditional holiday. A good time to buy yours is during the fair that the inhabitants of this town hold each year with the most colorful, beautiful, and traditional piñatas.

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While being there, why not try some local delicious dishes such as meat mixiotes, turkey mole, mutton consommé, or its famous barbacoa with a nice jug of pulque (an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey)? 

[Image: José Lira]

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Zacatlán de las Manzanas, Puebla

When celebrating, there’s gotta be a glass with which to make your toast! Why not try that special drink in Zacatlán de las Manzanas? This Magic Town of Puebla is one of the largest producers of apples, which are transformed into cider, one of the traditional Christmas drinks. 

You can grab a tour and find out how this fruit is transformed into this ‘apple juice for grown ups’, in addition to admiring its surroundings with impressive natural landscapes coupled with its picturesque Historic Center.

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Tepotzotlán, State of Mexico

Tepotzotlán has hosted uninterruptedly one of the best pastorelas for 50 years. Every year, dozens of actors prepare for the important representation of the birth of Jesus. It takes place inside the Convent of the Temple of San Francisco Javier, where the same staging evokes historical and original environments of tradition. This place has managed to preserve this important tradition that you can enjoy during the holidays.

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You can also visit Tepotzotlán’s "Arcos del Sitio", an ecotourism park where you can organize picnics and enjoy a beautiful day outdoors.

[Image: Adrián Cerón]

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