Santa Cecilia is the main setting in the film Coco. It is a small and lively Mexican village that cherishes music, and is located parallel to the fabled Land of the Dead.

Notable Locations

  • Mariachi Plaza - The park center of the town. In the middle is a commemorative statue of Ernesto de la Cruz.
  • Pantéon Santa Cecilia - The local cemetery.
  • Rivera Family Shoemakers - Established in 1921, this is the home on the Rivera clan and their shoemaking business.


  • The town is named after Saint Cecilia, a patroness of musicians[2], tying in with the town's music-loving nature.
  • Santa Cecilia was referenced in Cars 3 when one of the rookie racers on the treadmill, Gabriel, was homesick during Cruz Ramirez's training regime.


  1. Debruge, Peter (June 16, 2017). "Pixar Shares ‘Coco’ Secrets at Annecy Animation Festival". Variety.
  2. Unkrich, L.; Molina, Ad.; Lasseter, J. (October 10, 2017). The Art of Coco. Chronicle Books, page 38. 

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