Christmas is a big deal in Mérida. But after the lackluster 2020 holiday season, people in the city seem to be getting more excited than ever.
Christmas markets have popped up along several points in the city, especially during weekends and despite Mexico’s economic woes, stores seem to be more full than ever.
The city’s parks and public spaces, as well as a great many roundabouts, have received the Christmas treatment from City Hall — as well as several corporate sponsors.
As is the case every year, Mérida’s Paseo de Montejo and Calle 60 have been fitted with Christmas lights and decorations, bringing a little extra magic to these already beautiful and historic avenues.
The Remate has been fitted, as its tradition, with a large Christmas tree and several spots for fun family portraits and selfies.
Also returning this year are a large number of vendors, selling tasty treats and crafts — many of which are sure to show up under Christmas trees.
A decade or so ago, when the large roundabout on Prolongacion Paseo de Montejo was christened the “Glorieta de la Paz,” locals joked that it was and forever would be the “Burger King Glorietta.” It would appear that Burger King agrees with this assessment.
Also back after a conspicuous absence in Mérida’s parks and shopping malls, is the big man himself — Santa Claus.
Also making its appearance in time for the holiday is Mérida’s largest Christmas tree, located in a large shopping center complex in the north of town. But just like last year, the Coca-cola sponsored Christmas fair featuring shows and treats for kids seems to have been canceled.
Grocery stores around the city are well stocked with holiday favorites including rompope, an eggnog-like drink made with eggs, milk, and vanilla flavoring, and roscas de reyes — which are traditionally enjoyed after Christmas on Jan 6.
Although this years’ Christmas will certainly not mark an absolute return to normal for the holiday, most people are feeling comfortable enough to up the ante on their celebrations — but social distancing protocols are not likely to be lifted until next year at the earliest. At least Yucatecos won’t have to endure the traditional double-wet kiss favored by the state’s aunts and grandmothers.