Downtown Chapala is all dressed up for the holidays, with a life-size nacimiento (nativity scene) and giant natural Christmas tree adorning the new esplanade outside city hall and the sparkling nighttime lighting illuminating the main avenue and waterfront Malecón.
The nativity scene is made up of 45 fiber-glass figures, including the Holy Family, shepherds, the Magi and assorted animals ranging in size from newly hatched chicks to a burly elephant. The set was manufactured in Tonala and acquired by the municipal government to make up the core of a permanent collection that will used for the season in years to come.
The branches of the towering pine, rooted in the median strip opposite the Oxxo store, hold king-size red and green ornaments and a string of white lights that glimmer after dark. City officials claim that the 25-meter tall tree ranks as Jalisco’s largest ever Christmas tree.
The façade of the municipality’s government headquarters is also dolled up with large Christmas motifs, tinsel ropes and colored lighting. And dozens of scarlet-hued poinsettias have been planted to add splashes of color to the median strip.
The holiday display was lit up last Sunday with some 800 spectators on hand. Various happenings set for the evening of Saturday, December 19 include a Merry Christmas parade running through the heart of the downtown area, announced for 7 p.m.
The city has spent 400,000 pesos in Christmas glitz for the municipal seat and it satellite villages, including Ajijic.