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Last Monday, the Buenos Aires City governor, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, announced that porteños are having their own New York-style Christmas parade. That’s right. If you happen to be a Christmas enthusiast and you don’t mind melting while waiting for Papá Noel, Buenos Aires is the place to be.

The parade is set to take place on December 8th, the first day of the XXL weekend at 5.30 PM on Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, from Pueyrredón to Ayacucho. More than 300 artists will take part in the event, including dancers, skaters, acrobats and singers, who will all be parading on floats.

The band from the Patricians Regiment will be playing classic Christmas tunes while fairies, elves and other typical characters melt walk down Figueroa Alcorta street. According to Larreta, the event “is set to revive the Christmas spirit of peace, love and concord”. The different floats will represent individual foreign communities, with countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, Italy, Perú and Russia joining the mix – all of whom will be wearing their typical national dress. The parade will end with Santa Claus on his sleigh, escorted by nutcrackers, his helpers and the mandatory reindeer. And, of course, switching on the lights of a 7-meter tall Christmas tree.

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Nacha Guevara in Galerías Pacífico (2014 event). Via raquelflottaprensa.com.ar

Although a Christmas parade is nothing new for Buenos Aires, it is the first one organized exclusively by the city government. The ‘Confederation of Mid-sized Enterprises’ did something quite similar in 2014, while the Christmas-oriented store Alparamis had organized its own for more than a decade in Tigre, until 2014. And every year since 2010, Swarovski arranges a special event to light up a 13-meter sparkling tree in Galerías Pacífico shopping center.

The City’s governor also announced the Christmas Park opening, from December 9th to December 24th, in Parque Thays (Av. Figueroa Alcorta and Av. Callao). Allowing you to unleash your inner child, both kids and adults can spend a day playing in the toy factory, Santa’s house and the kermesse-style games, among others – all for free. More details here.

When?

December 8th | 5.30 PM

Where?

The floats will parade through Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, from Pueyrredón to Ayacucho

How much?

All the activities arranged by the Buenos Aires City Government are for free!