How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico

Are you planning to travel this year during late November and want to celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico? If so, there are great resorts that have fully equipped kitchens so you can celebrate a nice Thanksgiving meal with your loved ones even on vacation. For example, the Villa Group has luxury resorts in Mexico’s top tourist destinations. However, if you don’t have a kitchen in your vacation rental, or would rather have the meal prepared for you, many restaurants in top tourist destinations offer prepared Thanksgiving meals for purchase. Likewise, many restaurants also offer Thanksgiving menus thanks to the influence of Americans who regularly visit or own property in Mexico. The wonderful tradition of sharing a lovely meal with loved ones can be appreciated wherever you are in the world. If you find yourself on vacation down south this Thanksgiving, read more below about how to celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico. 

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico

Family dinner for a Thanksgiving celebration.

While Thanksgiving probably isn’t the first holiday that comes to mind when you think of Mexico, you may be surprised to know that it is regularly observed in many tourist destinations. Due to the influence of more than 1 million American expats who now live in Mexico, the holiday has become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, now expats and locals both enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving in towns across Mexico the last Thursday of each November. Likely, many Mexicans who previously spent time or lived in the U.S. before coming back to Mexico also like to celebrate Thanksgiving, too. If you are in Mexico on vacation during Thanksgiving, many local restaurants and resorts will feature special Thanksgiving menus.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving traditions in Mexico are quite similar to those in the States. In both places, Thanksgiving celebrations typically involve a harvest season theme. The harvest concept is found in decor including fall leaves, pumpkins, assorted fruits, regional flowers, and autumn toned color touches. No matter where you are, the point of Thanksgiving is to spend time with family and friends over a nice meal. It’s a great way to collectively give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives. During a Thanksgiving meal, guests often say a short prayer of gratitude to start the meal.

What’s on the Menu?

Thanksgiving kitchen

If you stay at a resort like the Villa Group, your spacious suite may come with a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare a homemade meal for yourself. If you prefer to relax on vacation, you can also order Thanksgiving meals to go from local restaurants. Likewise, many restaurants and resorts will offer the traditional American style Thanksgiving meals at their restaurants on Thanksgiving day. Typical menus include cooked turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Some restaurants like to add Mexican inspired touches to their Thanksgiving menus, too. For example, marinated pork in a spicy green mole, turkey enchiladas, or chorizo pumpkin soup. For dessert, candied pumpkin dessert, squash bread pudding with rum sauce, or a tres leches pumpkin flan may be worth a try instead of the standard pecan and pumpkin pies we are used to in the States. 

If you will be in Mexico this November, get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving during your stay. If you aren’t sure where to visit, check out the Villa Group Resorts. Resorts are found in Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, Islands of Loreto, Cancun, and Cabo. Plus, they have a vacation club where members can prepay for future travel at today’s low rates. The whole family will love the Villa Group’s spacious accommodations, amazing amenities, and first class services, too. Plus, COVID safety protocols are in place so you can rest easy and not stress about the wellbeing of your loved ones and really let yourself relax on your getaway. Remember, if you find yourself in Mexico for Thanksgiving this year, take part in the festivities and celebrate this rich tradition with your loved ones. It’s a great way to bring everyone together to appreciate blessings while sharing a nice meal.

Updated: November 17, 2021 — 3:58 pm

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