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Festival de Chocolate at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Marie Callan

On January 5, 2018, Vallarta Botanical Garden will host a Festival de Chocolate - and everyone is invited! Make plans now to come out and learn more about 'the food of the gods' while enjoying chocolate tours, tastings, food and drink specials, Folkloric dance performances, and more.

Vallarta Sets the Stage for Ricky Martin Music Video
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust

Thanks to Puerto Vallarta's spectacular beauty and natural attractions, along with the Tourism Trust's promotional efforts, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin will be filming his next music video here in January. The city's historic center, Malecón and beaches will provide the backdrop.

Christmas Traditions in Mexico: Las Posadas Navideñas
Lorena Sonrisas

Rich in traditional festivities, a Mexican Christmas is filled with joy and wonder. In other countries, the 12 Days of Christmas are celebrated, but in Mexico, the nine days of posadas leading up to Noche Buena (Holy Night) are observed, and the season is joyously extended though February 2nd.

Puerto Vallarta Coffee Fest Aims to Break World Record
María Francesca

Are you a coffee lover? If so, make plans now to be on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon at 4:30 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017, when the city will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people drinking coffee simultaneously in a single venue.

Enjoy Christmas Dinner on the Beach at Daiquiri Dick's
Laura Gelezunas

The holidays are a wonderful time to get together with family and friends, and if you are in Puerto Vallarta, Daiquiri Dick's on Los Muertos Beach is the perfect place to celebrate. Especially on December 24 and 25, when they'll be serving up a special a la carte Christmas Dinner Menu.

Act II Entertainment Makes the Holiday Season Brighter
Marie Callan

Want your holidays to be filled with good cheer? Then head over to the south side of Puerto Vallarta, where Act II STAGES has a full line-up of music, theater and fun in the Red Room Cabaret, on The Main Stage and in the Encore Lounge, that will make the season a little brighter!

The Process for Buying a Home in Puerto Vallarta
Tropicasa Realty

The process of buying a home in Puerto Vallarta and the greater Banderas Bay area isn't dramatically different from purchasing a home in the U.S. or Canada, but there are some differences. Tropicasa Real Estate agent David Hoffman walks us through the process.

Gerald Gallant and Emilio Rama Open at Galleria Dante
Gena Guarniere

Exhibitions by artists Gerald Gallant and Emilio Rama open at Galleria Dante on December 15, as part of this week's South Side Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.

Dwight Blake 'Live in Concert' at Octopus Garden Dec. 23
Debbie White

Headliner and recording artist, Dwight Blake will perform 'Live in Concert' at Octopus Garden in the Riviera Nayarit village of La Cruz on December 23rd. With a smooth, sexy and sultry voice, Dwight masterfully communicates all the music of the Motown greats we all love!

New LGBT Magazine & Website Launches in Vallarta

A new magazine and website for PV's LGBT community has launched. 'Out & About Puerto Vallarta' will publish its first issue in January 2018, and feature lifestyle and travel articles focused on the city's growing LGBT population, as well as the millions of tourists who visit annually.

Demand for Natural Christmas Trees Grows in Mexico
La Verdad Noticias

With the demand for natural Christmas trees growing in Mexico, the National Forestry Commission has invested $7.8 million pesos in commercial tree plantations since 2013. Mexico now has 11,335 hectares planted and 900,000 trees ready to sell for Christmas 2017.

Next 'TED Talk Tuesday' Features Marcella Castellanos
Catherine Beeghly

The Boutique Theatre continues its popular educational discussions, 'TED Talk Tuesdays,' every other week from 9-11 am throughout the season. Next up is Puerto Vallarta Health Coach, Marcella Castellanos, who will present 'Revitalize Your Energy, Recharge Your Life...' December 19.

Informative Cocktails for New Home Owners in Vallarta
Julie Guerrero

Join The JG Group on December 14 from 6-7:30 pm as they host the first of a series of cocktail parties in the new Raicilla Lounge at No Way José! to introduce the fresh and innovative interior design, photography, and party planning talent coming into Puerto Vallarta.

Vallarta Int'l Friendship Club: Happiness From Giving
John Warren

Thomas S. Monson wrote, 'Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting...' Here in Puerto Vallarta, IFC members practice those principles by raising money to help Mexicans obtain better health care, better education, improved social services and enriched cultural programs.

Puerto Vallarta Fireworks Festival, December 30-31
Marie Callan

The Christmas holidays are always an exciting time to visit Puerto Vallarta, but this year will be exceptionally entertaining as the city welcomes 2018 in an impressive way... with the II Festival de Pirotecnia 'Luminia Fest,' a world-class fireworks show to be held on Dec. 30 and 31.

Democrats Abroad Invite You to Meet Markos Moukitsas
Julie Guerrero

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico invites you to come to No Way José! Restaurant on Tuesday, December 12 from 2-4 pm for a presentation by Markos Moukitsas, a political commentator and publisher of 'The Daily Kos,' the largest liberal community blog in the U.S.

Galería June Rosen Lopez Holiday Open House, Dec. 16 & 17

Just in time for Christmas, New York jewelry designer June Rosen Lopez is opening up her home gallery in PV's Romantic Zone to host a Holiday Open House. Everyone is invited to stop by from 1-8 pm on Dec. 16 & 17 to visit, have a drink, and view her collection of custom-made jewelry.

U.S. Couple is Protecting Sea Turtles in Sayulita
Gerardo Carrillo

The Riviera Nayarit shoreline is one of the world's most important nesting grounds for several species of sea turtles. But poaching and predators make it difficult for their babies to survive. One American couple living in Sayulita is working to ensure they live long enough to reach the sea.

Act II: 3 Rooms, 3 Stages, The Best Entertainment in PV!
Daniel R. Mininni

Sporting an all-new look and box office record-breaking shows, Act II STAGES has Puerto Vallarta audiences raving about this season of entertainment... and it has only just begun! The 2017-2018 season will feature 45 different shows, and live entertainment every night of the week.

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