Christmas in Parque Central

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The mayor and DIF Mazatlán have a terrific new offering for all of us this Christmas season: an interactive light show set to music on Avenida de la Bahía (formally Avenida Mazatlán), facing Central Park one block off the malecón behind the Olas Altas Inn. Click on any photo to enlarge it or view a slideshow.

The show debuted tonight as city residents and tourists were treated to The Nutcracker ballet performed for free in the open air. Hundreds of people were in attendance, including loads of families with small children ready to start the holiday season off with a bit of joy and merriment. Vendors sold salchichas and balloons to make sure they would benefit from the crowd and earn some money to buy their family’s presents.

The ballet was to have been preceded by the “spectacle of lights,” which was the reason most of the people were there—despite our terrific orchestra, dancers and chorus. All week the lighting guy has been setting up the electric Christmas trees and rehearsing to make sure tonight’s light show complete with fireworks, planned for 6:00 pm, would function well. It would have been terrific, too, as the full moon rose directly over the lighted tree display.

Apparently something malfunctioned even after all that preparation, and the audience wasn’t able to enjoy the show until the intermission of the ballet. By that time scores of families had left: disappointed, grumbling and sad.

The Christmas tree light show is enjoyable and worth a visit, especially if you have family or friends in town, have not yet walked the new mini-malecón—which we love, or  you are looking to get into the Christmas spirit. Greg’s terrific cell phone video of the show is below.

Four shows will be held every evening from now through the New Year at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm. Each show lasts about 20 minutes. The fireworks were only for tonight’s event, as far as I know.

Happy Holidays!

About Dianne Hofner Saphiere

There are loads of talented people in this gorgeous world of ours. We all have a unique contribution to make, and if we collaborate, I am confident we have all the pieces we need to solve any problem we face. I have been an intercultural organizational effectiveness consultant since 1979, working primarily with for-profit multinational corporations. I lived and worked in Japan in the late 70s through the 80s, and currently live in and work from México, where with a wonderful partner we've raised a bicultural, global-minded son. I have worked with organizations and people from over 100 nations in my career. What's your story?

9 thoughts on “Christmas in Parque Central

  1. Wonderful imagesDianne. I wish we were better informed about this event. Living a few blocks down from the Olas inn we heard the booms behind our building then after looking out saw the throngs of people so we hustled down to the street camera in hand to take in the spectacle . Only we couldn’t access the front of the stage to see the show & by that time people were leaving. The musical light shows were spectacular. Thanks for your post and sharing this information. But I think there should be more advertising to the tourist and snowbirds. Today I’m headed to cathedral square to Guadeloupe festivities.

  2. Thank you Dianne for your posts on VidaMaz, it really keeps us Snow Birds informed on events and all the other presentations that Mazatlan has to offer us .Sometimes it is hard to find out about all the attractions and things happening here, by the time we hear of it the event is over.

    • I try my best to share events before they happen on the VidaMaz Facebook page. The hard thing is you need to visit regularly and scroll through. But at least it gets everything in one place from so many sources. Sheila Madsen’s calendar is also very helpful.

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