Counting our lucky stars we’ve made it to the end of another year, the final days of 2018 are now definitely within reach. To make the end of year shenanigans that much more bearable, a well-deserved puente turístico is falling on this year’s holiday season, meaning that those of us remaining in Argentina can count on four full days of festive fun and relaxation. Whether you plan to spend it overdosing on ensalada Rusa and champagne over at the suegros, or are giving tradition a rest and are having a ‘friendmas’ instead, Buenos Aires is the place to be for the best post Nochebuena brindis parties.
We know the holiday season can be rough for those of us extranjeros without family here, but remember partying in the boliche is probably way better than listening to your weird uncle crack those sexist jokes again. If you CBA to cook or wash-up, make sure to see our guide to all the best Nochebuena menus and restaurants.
Felices fiestas, kids!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21ST
AVC NIGHT TIME BIKE RIDE
Squishing in a bit of exercise before the morfi fest begins, Amo Villa Crespo will be holding a nighttime bike ride around the barrio. Celebrating the Southern Hemisphere Summer solstice A.K.A the longest day of the year, the bike tour will be starting at speakeasy favorite Bar 878 and making stops at plenty of other Villa Crespo essentials like Kinky Bar and Velazco Disquería. Ending at the Asociación Argentina Amigos de La Astronomía, participants will be able to take a look at the starry sky through the center’s telescope.
8 PM – 11:30 PM | Bar 878 – Thames 878 | Free | More info
For all you last minute types who like a bit of pressure when it comes to present hunting, head to Galería Patio del Liceo for their annual pre-Christmas Market. With gifts of all prices, items are individually produced and sold by independent stores and vendors. If the shopping gets a bit much and you find yourself feeling totally overwhelmed – we get it – there’ll be a bar and live music so you can kick back with a drink in hand. If you can’t make it today, the market will be on all day every day until Sunday.
3 PM – 9 PM | Galería Patio del Liceo – Av. Santa Fe 2729 | Free | More info
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22ND
AL VER VERÁS
Tonight, San Telmo based Fundación Mercedes Sosa will be hosting audiovisual performance group Al Ver Verás. Projecting their hypnotic magic across surrounding walls and buildings, it’s the penultimate edition of a special series taking place at the foundation. The self-proclaimed visual poetry group is known for their incredibly trippy patterns and their ability to leave viewers in total awe. To save a spot, message the group via Facebook.
10 PM | Fundación Mercedes Sosa – Humberto Primo 378 | Price via DM | More info
In a setting that couldn’t be more magical or romantic if it tried, the Teatro Colón’s in-house orchestra and choir will be performing a special end of year concert in Palermo’s Rosedal garden. Open-air and completely free of charge, the dreamy performance will include interpretations of plenty of greats including Johann Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi, and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Closing out with ‘Ode to Joy’, it’ll no doubt be a spellbinding end to the porteño classical music season.
6 PM | Rosedal – Av. Iraola | Free | More info
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23RD
Christmas can be a stressful time for all – pressure to buy the perfect gift and all that polite smiling you’ll have to do while your suegra piles your plate high with yet another serving of lengua a la vinagreta can take it’s toll. With this in mind, the good people at Fundación Columbia de Conciencia y Energía are holding a free and open to all meditation session, which will no doubt serve as a last-ditch attempt to combat your escalating holiday anxiety. Hoping to encourage even the most reticent among us to give meditation a go, the idea is for participants to become acquainted with the practice and begin to incorporate it into their daily routine. You can sign up here.
7 PM – 8 PM | Fundación Columbia de Conciencia y Energía – Jorge Luis Borges 2020 | Free | More info
As part of the AMIA Cultura’s cycle showing films selected in international festivals, tonight the center will be showing Israeli movie, ‘Lost Islands’. Telling the story of the Levy family who live in a small town in Israel, both of the young twin sons each fall for the new girl in town. Both humorous and emotive, it’s a relatable story or first love and having been directed by Reshef Levy, it’s loosely based on his own experiences growing up.
8 PM | AMIA – Pasteur 633 | Free | More info
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH
LA GRAN JAIME
La Gran Jaime will be hosting a post Nochebuena brindis celebration from midnight tonight. If you’re tired of all those relatives and their intense question asking, head to the cultural center for a few much needed drinks on their outdoor patio and a spin on the dancefloor. With a surprise DJ coming in to take over the decks, there’ll also be a giveaway for one lucky person to win free beer for all of January.
Midnight – 6 AM | La Gran Jaime – Aráoz 832 | Free | More info
For many of us who have chosen Argentina as our adopted country, a Christmas away from our nearest and dearest can be a pretty daunting prospect. But then again, not many places in the World offer so much opportunity to party Christmas away. Head to Niceto for a full-on fiesta of perreo (twerking) dembow (I’m not sure what that is either), trap, hip-hop and Moombahton (a fusion of house and reggaeton). Hosted by Mendoza based Club del Sodeado and BA party providers SUDAN, it’ll be a great excuse to spend Christmas Eve partying the night away. Tickets should be bought before, online or in person at the club’s box office.
Midnight – 3 AM | Niceto Club – Niceto Vega 5510 | AR $300 | More info
If you want to kick your Christmas off in style, Costanera-based bar and club Moby Dick will be holding their second Christmas celebration which excitingly includes an open bar. Exclusive by nature, the club will be opening its doors to a peak capacity of 1000 – make sure to buy your ticket now. Open air and adorned with beautiful lighting, the club will be reminiscent of its Punta del Este roots. Playing a mix of house and electronic, the night will no doubt head towards cumbia and regaeton as dawn breaks. Perfect if you can’t make it to Uruguay in time. Tip: make sure to dress to impress.
2 AM – 7:30 AM | Moby Dick – Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado 6350 | AR $700 | More info
Colegiales favorite, La Confiteria will be holding a ‘bailongo violento’, or a danceathon to celebrate the Víspera de Navidad tonight. With music by Bruno B, Mario Wicz and DJ Dolare$, the playlist is likely to include classic cumbia along with a few pop hits. The emblematic venue complete with old-school finishings is a little smaller and friendlier than your average boliche and ideal for celebrating Christmas Eve. If you arrive before 2 AM you’ll have the added bonus of a AR $50 discount.
Midnight – 7 AM | La Confiteria – Av. Federico Lacroze 2963 | AR $150 – $200 | More info
LA CASA DEL ÁRBOL
If you’d like your post Nochebuena celebration to be a little more cozy than crazy, cultural center La Casa del Árbol will be opening its doors to the aptly named ‘Viteltofest’. Thankfully not serving the divisive Xmas dish, the Crimbo bash hopes to banish the myth that Christmas Eve is a fiasco. Not sure if they’ll manage that, but hey, discount beer and an invited DJ Tadeaux can only be a good thing, right?
Midnight – 6 AM | La Casa del Árbol – Av. Córdoba 5217 | Free | More info
Offering free entrance all night, Club Cultural Matienzo will be hosting mashup artist Alonso Morning who will be bringing his unique and feel good mixes to the club. Mixing artists like David Bowie and The Weeknd, it’s sure to be a great night to get down and boogie. With limited capacity, it’s probably best not to get there too late in the night.
1:30 AM | Club Cultural Matienzo – Pringles 1249 | Free | More info
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