A Festive Christmas in San Miguel de Allende

Fresco in atolnico church near San Miguel de allende

We’re just back from Christmas in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where Santa was no where to be seen — and the baby Jesus was everywhere. Families presented their baby Jesus dolls to be blessed at church — and kissed by the neighbors. This fresco is one of many at the Sanctuary of Atotonilco not far from San Miguel. Photo by BF Newhall

Christmas manger scene at Jardin in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Photo by BF Newhall

On Christmas Eve the crèche at the Jardin in San Miguel de Allende awaited the arrival of the baby Jesus. Photo by BF Newhall.

Close up of stars in Christmas tree in Jardin of San Miguel de Allende. Photo by bf Newhall


Church and tree and children playing with balloons at San Miguel's Jardin. Photo by BF Newhall

A boy plays with a balloon that’s taller than he is at the Jardin in the heart of San Miguel. Photo by BF Newhall

Colorful Piñatas for sale in San Miguel de allende's Artisan Market

And lots of Piñatas stuffed with candy. Photo by BF Newhall




  1. Ahhh, big baby creepus – a timeless Christmas tradition!

    • Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

      Big Baby Creepus — that would be Peter’s impression of the many, homely, Medieval Baby Jesuses he spotted in churches throughout Europe. Not to worry, today’s Mexican baby Jesuses are consistently pretty.

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