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Events: Happy Holidays and Beyond

For December 21, 2009 to January 10, 2010


Art in Merida
While many of the government operated entertainment venues are closed for the holidays, we suggest that you take this opportunity to catch up with what’s going on in the art world in Merida. There are plenty of venues that are privately and commercially held, and provide opportunities for a wealth of enjoyment throughout every holiday season. Visit our Art in Merida page to find out where you can fill your holidays with a feast for the eyes and senses.

Notice: There are no events listed for the State of Yucatan after Dec. 20. January’s events have not yet been posted.

Municipal Fiestas

Yucatan Living Sotuta Fiesta  1 Day Event
December 23 (only)
This fiesta is in honor of San Idelfonso, Archbishop of Toledo, who was responsible, in large part, for the unification of the Spanish liturgy. He died in 667. Sotuta is the ancestral home of Nachi Cocom and the ancestral home of the family of assassinated Governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto. If you are a history buff, Sotuta is the place for you. If you are a shopper, this is cowboy country – so look for great leatherwork here!

Yucatan Living Peto Fiesta 7 Day EventPeto Fiesta
Dec. 27 through January 2
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Estrella (the Virgin of the Star). Peto is also a rural municipality, so lots of leatherwork here – but there are also at least 3 fantastic jewelry shops in Peto and at least one of these families creates the marvelous high-end jewelry sold in the better shops in Merida. Any fiesta in Peto is a great excuse to find out just what wonders may lie in the heart of Yucatan. 

Yucatan Living Tizimin
Dec. 29 through Jan. 6 (and then some…. )
We hardly know where to start telling you about this fiesta! It seems that it is not going to end! We are seeing events scheduled through the middle of January! This fiesta is in honor of Santos Reyes (the Three Kings). Don’t think of this as just the end of a Cowboy Christmas. Tizimin is a huge municipality (county) that extends from whale watching on the northern coast to the traditional Mayan lifestyle in the south. While this is a cattleman’s wonderland, the shopping here is across the board: fine jewelry, pottery, leather work, pirograbado (wood carving by burning), artistic carpentry, and much much more!

Yucatan Living Chikindzonot 2 Day Event
Jan. 6th and 7th
This fiesta is in honor of Reyes Magos. Chikindzonot is located just about in the center of our southern border with Quintana Roo. If you are into cenotes and/or the architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries, this is the place for you. Chikindzonot also has more than its share of archaeological monuments at: Xalau, Tamba, Bolmay, Petul, Sotpol, Xuyap, Poxil, Xcoom, Palaban, Xmaos and Xcan. Municipalities like this are the, as yet, unspoiled treasures of our state and we are remiss if we do not visit and support them in any way we can. …and one last word to the wise… a designated driver might be a good idea, since three favorite drinks in outlying municipalities, such as Chikindzonot, include: Xtabentun, Balché, and Bebida de anis.Santa Elena Fiesta

Yucatan Living Santa Elena Fiesta  5 Day Event
Jan. 10th through Jan. 24th
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Cristo del Amor. Many of our readers are familiar with Santa Elena that contains Uxmal. It is to the southeast of the city, and forms part of our border with the State of Campeche. There are loads of archaeological sites here, including: Uxmal, Kabah, Nohpat, Xcoh and Muchich.

 

In the City

Monday (Lunes) December 21, 2009

Yucatan Living Are You Ready for Football?
Mercer Cigars is open for business 7 days a week and you NFL fans have got a corner on the market on Sunday, Monday nights, and (beginning Nov. 26) on Thursday night as well. 
Location: in the Lounge of Mercer Cigars, Prolongación Montejo, Next to la ParrillaMuseo Maya de Yucatan
Time: Sunday: 11 to 7, then the length of the game on Monday and Thursday nights
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of Museo Maya de Yucatan
You are cordially invited to the opening ceremony of the commencement of work on the Museo Maya de Merida. This museum will be dedicated to the Mayan workers who played such a pivotal role in the history of Yucatan.
Location: Estacionamiento Oriente in Centro de Convenciones Yucatan Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 5:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Christmas Concert: The Children’s Choir at the Cathedral
This performance will be under the direction of Maria de Jesus and accompanied by Jim Smiley, who will be playing the Cathedral’s pipe organ, one of only tw pipe organs in the southeast of Mexico. Mr. Smiley happens to own the other one. Mr. Smiley is an expat from NYC and hopes to raise enough money to restore the Cathedral’s pipe organ to its former glory. Look for a full article about this project soon. In the meantime, please do come and enjoy the Children’s Choir as they sing for you at Christmas in our beautiful Cathedral in Merida.
Location: Cathedral, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:30 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 22, 2009

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: FreeTrio Trovanova in Concert

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Trova Nova
This beloved trio is under the direction of Roger Cantillo.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 23, 2009

Yucatan Living There are no events listed for the Municipality of Merida on Dec. 23, 24, & 25 or for Dec. 31.

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 24, 2009

Yucatan Living Christmas Eve Dinner

Check our Merida Holiday Planning article for special dinners tonight.Christmas in Yucatan

 

Friday (Viernes) December 25, 2009

Yucatan Living Christmas Day

Saturday (Sábado) December 26, 2009

Yucatan Living Movie: The Phantom Carriage (1920)
This is a Swedish film, released in the U.S. in 1922. One remark about it is that it is so classic that it actually predates “Classic.” It’s New Year’s Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom Chariot, the one that picks up the souls of the dead… David Holm, one of the three drunkards, dies at the last stroke of midnight…
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time:5:00 and 7:00 PM SaturdayGolden Years in Concert
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) December 27, 2009

Yucatan Living Concert: Los Golden Years “Rock Forever”
What a wonderful way to end the year for those who love classic rock and roll. Under the musical direction of Luis Cardena, Los Golden Years is a forever favorite of all of Yucatan!
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: Dino Planet: Pod is Alone on a Distant Planet
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

 

Monday (Lunes) December 28, 2009


Yucatan Living Are You Ready for Football?
Mercer Cigars is open for business 7 days a week and you NFL fans have got a corner on the market on Sunday, Monday nights, and (beginning Nov. 26) on Thursday night as well. 
Location: in the Lounge of Mercer Cigars, Prolongación Montejo, Next to la Parrilla
Time: Sunday: 11 to 7, then the length of the game on Monday and Thursday nights
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Boxing Day (Canada)

 

Tuesday (Martes) December 29, 2009

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan
Finalists of the New Voices of the Mayab, the Second Generation
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los Nobles
If you are looking for perfection and professionalism, Trio Los Nobles is who you want to hear. These folks have multiple CDs on the market and are an international hit. They are under the direction of Raul Alvarado
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) December 30, 2009Victor Celis and Beatriz Grajales in Concert

Yucatan Living Wednesday in Concert: Duo Celis Grajales
This duo is made up of Victor Celis and singer Beatriz Grajales, with Victor as director and arranger. See why we tell you to go to Café K’aay T’aan Peña on Tuesday nights?  This is the caliber of performance you will find there! Victor is currently continuing his studies in Classical Guitar and in Trova. Look for great things from this young man from Progreso.
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) December 31, 2009

Yucatan Living New Year’s EveNew Year's Eve in Merida

Look for a wide range of options to have fun at some of the best restaurants in Merida in our article here.

 

Friday (Viernes) January 01, 2010

Yucatan Living New Year’s Day

 

Saturday (Sábado) January 02, 2010

Yucatan Living Look for some ongoing events here.

 

Monday (Lunes) January 04, 2010


Yucatan Living Are You Ready for Football?
Mercer Cigars is open for business 7 days a week and you NFL fans have got a corner on the market on Sunday, Monday nights, and (beginning Nov. 26) on Thursday night as well. 
Location: in the Lounge of Mercer Cigars, Prolongación Montejo, Next to la Parrilla
Time: Sunday: 11 to 7, then the length of the game on Monday and Thursday nights
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Poetry & Workshops Festival
Sponsored by U.S. Poets in Mexico. Check website here.
Yucatan Poet Award Recipients, Pedro Serrano and José Vicente Anaya.
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 66 y 68
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 05, 2010

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan
Finalists of the New Voices of the Mayab, the Second Generation
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Poetry & Workshops Festival
Sponsored by U.S. Poets in Mexico. Check website here.
Mérida Fellowship Award Recipient and Mark Doty.
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 66
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 06, 2010

Yucatan Living Dia de los Reyes Magos (Day of the Three Kings)

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Poetry & Workshops Festival
Sponsored by U.S. Poets in Mexico. Check website here.
Briceida Cuevas Cob, Jonathan Harrington and Martin Espada.
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 66
Time: 7:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Free

 

Thursday (Jueves) January 07, 2010Pura Lopez Colome in Merida

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Poetry & Workshops Festival
Sponsored by U.S. Poets in Mexico. Check website here.
Pura López Colome, Anne Waldman and at 9 pm: Cassandra Tribe.
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 66
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Film: TBD
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: $20 pesos

 

Friday (Viernes) January 08, 2010

Yucatan Living 2nd Annual Poetry & Workshops Festival
Sponsored by U.S. Poets in Mexico. Check website here.
All Participants and Faculty of the visiting group from US Poets in Mexico (1 poem each).
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 66
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBD
Location: Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Friday
Admission: $20 pesos

 

Saturday (Sábado) January 09, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
Location:Casa de Cultura Elena Poniatowska: La 68, Calle 68 # 470a x 55
Time: 9 PM Saturday
Admission: $20 pesos

 

Sunday (Domingo) January 10, 2010

Yucatan Living Documentary: TBD
Location: Museum of Natural History, Calle 59 next to the Zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living 2010 Marathon of the City of MeridaMarathon of the City 2010
Goal: To collect $30,000 from registrations to donate to the Municipal DIF for cornea surgeries.
Cost: $100 pesos, Register at the Municipal Palace of Merida
Prizes: more than $400,000 pesos, a car, and more!
Distances: 10, 5 and 2 km
Time: 6:00 AM
Begins: Municipal Palace of Merida, Ends: Parque de las Americas.

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living January 11-15: Spay and Neuter Clinic… Tell Your Friends! and your Neighborhood!Spay and Neuter Clinic in Merida and Progreso
Bring your pets or spread the word. Planned Pethood US and Mexico, along with Yucatan Government, AFAD, UADY and other organizations want to sterilize at least a thousand dogs and cats in Merida and Progreso. Different times and locations. Call 305-2078 for an appointment and locations before January 5th.

Yucatan Living January 15, 2010: Slow Foods Farmer’s Market
This organic farmer’s market will launch on Friday, January 15, 2010, and will be held every Friday after that. Vendors who wish to sell their products at the Farmer’s Market must send a solicitation describing the product and retail prices to David Sterling Los Dos Cooking School, Calle 68 No. 517, Colonia Centro. Phone: 999.928.1116. You may also e-mail chefsterling [at] los-dos [dot] com
Location: Calle 31 # 70 x 12 y 14, Col. Chuburna de Hidalgo
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM all Fridays
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living January 22: The Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan
The 13th season of this fine orchestra opens with the comic opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti. They will be accompanied by Pro Opera from Mexico City.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM on Friday (Jan. 22), 12:00 PM on Sunday (Jan. 24).
Admission: TBA also TBA will be the price for season tickets – so watch for updates here.

Yucatan Living Semilla Yoga Workshops: January 29, 30, & 31
Moving in th 5 Energies with Jnanan Dakini
Location: Calle 11 # 206 x 24 y 26, Col. Garcia Generes
Admission: $1,500 pesos

Yucatan LivingJanuary 31: Merida English Language Library Chili Cook Off
This is the biggest event of the year at M.E.L.L. If you want to cook, please get in touch with M.E. L.L. now! E-mail: meridaenglishlibrary [at] hotmail [dot] com

Yucatan Living Saturday: April 3: Sir Elton John To Sing at Chichen ItzaElton John in Chichen Itza
This performance is one that many have been waiting for. This singer-composer-pianist has sold over 250 million records and has had more than 50 hit songs. There is not a generation in the past 40 years that has not had their age defined by one of his masterpieces. If you miss getting a reserved ticket, we are certain there will be other opportunities to get a ticket between now and the time of the concert. We will keep you informed with all the latest on this exciting event.
Admission: $10,000 pesos, $7,000 pesos, $5,000 pesos, $3,000 pesos, $2,000 pesos and $1,000 pesos.
Reservations: 942-1933 and 942-1931, Dec. 7 – 15, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Note: Reservations can be made with a 25% deposit.

 

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2 Responses to “Events: Happy Holidays and Beyond”

  1. “This museum will be dedicated to the Mayan workers who played such a pivotal role in the history of Yucatan”

  2. Merry Christmas and a happy new 2010!!!!! Thanks for the wonderful work you all do with his informative blog.

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