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Ring in the New Year in the Yucatan!

Carnaval in MeridaFestivals of The Three Kings and Carnival 2008!

Yucatan Living sincerely recommends a day or two of rest after the New Year begins because the next three months are going to be a whirlwind of events celebrating the 466 th Anniversary of the Founding of the City of Merida. The events will begin on Sunday, January 6, 2008, which also just so happens to be 12th Night, when festivals celebrating the Three Kings will take place throughout the State of Yucatan. This also heralds the beginning of Carnival 2008, so hang on to your hats – nonstop events are about to begin!

Cinema, Trova, and More: TBA

The Classic Cinema offerings and musical performances for this week are yet to be announced. Check back later in the week and we will have more information on these offerings and performances.

Yucatan Living Happy New Year from Yucatan Living!
See Yucatan Living’s article on New Year’s Eve in Merida for all the best in Merida on this last night of the year.

Yucatan Living M.E.L. Closed for the Holidays: The Merida English Library will be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. All activities for those days are canceled.

Yucatan Living VAQUERÍA Folkloric Ballet
The signature dance of Yucatan, featuring the Jaranera Orchestra and the City Folkloric Ballet & Trova Yucateca.
Location: Ground floor of the Ayuntamiento in the Plaza Grande (the building with the clock)
Time: All Mondays 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Tuesday (Martes) January 1, 2008

Yucatan Living Remembrance Musicals
Dance to the Big Band sound of the 40′s, played by the amazing Jaranara Orchestra. Sit with the crowd in the park, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants that overlook the "dance floor," or get out there and dance!
Location: Parque de Santiago , Calle 72 by Calle 59
Time: Every Tuesday at 8:30 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 2, 2008

Merida English LibraryYucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
C onducted by Keith Heitke for the benefit of M.E.L.

Location : The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68 and ends at Calle 59 No. 572 between Calle 72 and 74.
Time : 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations : (999) 924-8401
Information : sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission : $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Poker at Mercer Cigars Wednesday nights are poker nights at Mercer Cigars. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Buy-in is $500 pesos and First place takes 60% plus a Romeo & Juliet Churchill cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location : Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla )
Time : 8:30 P.M.
Phone : 944-3647

Thursday (Jueves) January 3, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz on Stage
Relax and have a mellow evening listening to live jazz in an intimate club setting.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida , Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Performances at 9:30 and 10:50 PM. Jazzin’ Merida opens at 7 PM.
Admission: $35 peso performance charge

Yucatan Living "To Remember is to Live"

A dance for those of us who want to get home a little earlier. Again, the Big Band sound of the magical Jaranara Orchestra.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Yucatan Serenade
The signature romantic serenade of Merida and romantic heart of the City.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55, Downtown
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) January 4, 2008

Yucatan Living Denis LaFoy’s TGIF
This is the party sponsored by Yucatan Trails Travel Agency that is held in La Hach Bar in Fiesta Americana on even numbered “first Friday” nights. It is a time to see old friends and meet new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach , suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan . Don’t miss this!
Location: La Hach Bar , Fiesta Americana Hotel, at the corner of Calle 56 A – 451 at Ave. Colón
Time: Happy Hour is 6-9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free, Cash bar

Yucatan Living Live Jazz on Stage
Relax and have a mellow evening listening to live jazz in an intimate club setting.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida , Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Performances at 9:30 and 10:50 PM. Jazzin’ Merida opens at 7 PM.
Admission: $35 peso performance charge

Yucatan Living Noches Románticas en La Ermita
Are there any other kind? And remember – this is free musical expression with a romantic theme. This particular park, with it’s central gazebo, it’s cobbled streets, the colonial facades surrounding the park and the lovely little church at one side is romantic, even without the music!
Location: Parque de la Ermita de Santa Isabel (Calle 66 and 77)
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Baila Mérida
This is a lively dance with a Caribbean flavor. The dance moves about the city and this week’s location is yet to be announced. Check back on Friday and we’ll let you know where it will be this week.
Location: TBA
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) January 5, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz on Stage
Relax and have a mellow evening listening to live jazz from the Alberto Palomo Group in an intimate club setting.
Location: Jazzin’ Merida , Calle 56 #465 x 53 y 55
Time: Performances at 9:30 and 10:50 PM. Jazzin’ Merida opens at 7 PM.
Admission: $35 peso performance charge

Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
An outdoor performance that brings the folklore of all of Mexico to Merida! Music and partying under the stars!
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
Outdoor concerts, sidewalk cafes, shopping at night – its all here!
Tonight: Concerts in Parque de Santa Lucía (Calle 60 at Calle 55)
Location: Also in Plaza Grande, Centro
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) January 6, 2008

Bicycle Route on Sundays in MeridaYucatan Living The Bici-Ruta is Back!
The Bici-Ruta begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. The route begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through the Centro up Calle 60 and then travels down Paseo de Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game! There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website.
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande and Ends at the glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Dogs:
A “play-date” for dogs!
Location: In the grass-covered parking lot behind the Hyatt Hotel: north on Calle 60, right on Calle 35, just past Siqueff Restaurant.Parking lot entrance is on the left.
Time: 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (bring water for you and your dog)

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is also for Art!
Local artists display their recent works and everything is for sale.
Location: Along Paseo de Montejo in front of the VIPS south of the corner of Avenida Cupules (across from Wal Mart)
Time: 10:00 AM to about 1 PM

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Marathon 2008

The City Council of Merida, under the direction of Social Development through the Department of Physical Culture and Sport, invites all athletes, clubs, institutions and the general public to participate in: Marathon 2008, in celebration of the 466 th Anniversary of the Founding of the City of Merida . There will be two runs available. The first begins at the Municipal Palace at 6:00 AM, will cover 42.195 km and is only for individuals 18 years of age and older. The route of this run can be found here. The second run also begins at the Municipal Palace (at 6:45 AM), but is only 5 km in length. This run includes a category for young people 14 to 17 years of age. Registration for Marathon 2008 is $50 pesos. Runners may register on the ground floor of the Municipal Palace by 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 5. In order to receive a prize, runners must belong to either the Association Yucateca de Atletismo (local) or the Mexican Federation of Athletics (foreign). They must register on the ground floor of the Municipal Palace at 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 5. The registration fee is $50 pesos. The prizes are in pesos. Categories and prizes are listed here. If you are not a member of the AYA or the MFA, you can still run, just not for prize money. For more information, Call the Dept. of Physical Culture and Sport of the City Council of Mérida, (Calle 64 no. 547 xs 67 and 69, Centro). Tel. 924-69-00, ext: 81791 or e-mail manuel [dot] monjiote [at] merida [dot] gob [dot] mx

The online rules for the 5 km run are here.

English Church Services at the Beach

English church services will continue through the winter season through March 2008. The English Worship Service is held at 8:30 AM at the Jesus Presbyterian Church in Progreso. Individuals from many denominations are in attendance and all are welcome.
For more information you may contact Pastor David Correa or Dorothy Andrews.
Location: Jesus Presbyterian Church, Calle 35 #154 x Calle 80 y 82, Progreso
From Merida, head toward Progreso passing the Telchac highway, Pemex gas station and Aurera Bodega all on Calle 78. Take a left onto Calle 35 and cross Calle 80. The church is located on the corner of 35 and 80.
8:30 A.M.



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5 Responses to “Ring in the New Year in the Yucatan!”

  1. Don’t know what we’d do without the weekly Yucatan Living schedule of events. That’s not true — I do know what we’d do…wander the streets aimlessly. See you at Jazzin’ Merida later this week.

  2. I will be visiting Meridathis week and would like to ride the Bici-Ruta. Is there a place to rent a bicycle?

  3. Yes,
    North of WalMart and Fiesta Americana, on Paseo Montejo at the Monument of the Flag (across from McDonalds…), there is a place to rent bicycles.

    Have fun!

  4. Do you know something about the Festival of the city?? I can’t find the program anywhere :(

  5. It took us awhile to find it, but here is the website with the complete schedule:


    Have fun!


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