For those coming from the Northern Hemisphere to Argentina over December holidays, the warm weather might be quite a shock! Argentina’s holiday sun may not be the white snowy Christmas from storybooks, but it definitely has its own summer charm to celebrate las fiestas, the Holiday Season in Argentina.
The Holiday Season in Argentina is a magical time of year. Christmas is a holiday celebrated both with friends and family. During lunch and dinner meals, Argentines spend the 24th and the 25th cooking and laughing with family. Often times, there is a big asado, or barbacue cook out to enjoy the weather and time together. At night, however, on the 24th, it is common to go out with friends, either to a party or to simply celebrate together at midnight. Usually, friends light up fireworks or toast with champagne at midnight. In the city, many watch fireworks in Puerto Madero before heading out to clubs, called boliches, that offer special Christmas themed nights on Christmas Eve.
Buenos Aires is quiter in the summer months, including during Christmas. Most Porteños spend most weekends or a couple of weeks in December, January and February outside of the city. Many people have summer homes along the coast in Mar del Plata, Villa Gesell, or Pinamar. Others rent cabanas or quintos (vacation rentals) in neighborhoods along the river delta north of Buenos Aires.
For visitors, there are a few special events in the city that are definitely worth checking out. One is a Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) Fixed Dinner Menu.
Many restaurants offer a special 3 or 5 course menu on Christmas Eve with specialty plates at a fixed price. Many times there will be live music, special wine pairings, and specialty dishes you could not find the rest of the year. This is a great and easy way to
Fireworks go off at midnight over Puerto Madero, so meander down to the port docks to celebrate with the revelers and champagne. Bring a side of pan dulce, a traditional Christmas sweet bread with raisins, nuts, and dried fruits to really celebrate the holiday!
After the midnight champagne, continue the holiday fun. For the younger crowd, nightclubs or boliches are a part of the celebration. In fact, many have special Christmas events. Clubs will open around 2 am and have special Christmas themed special decorations and live music.
December 25 is normally spent with family, relaxing after the events of the 24th. For visitors, this might mean a day of walking around the city, enjoying that there is less traffic and crowds to access major tourist sites.
A recommended snack for the 25th is a Sandwich de Miga with ham, mayo, egg, and bread rolled into a wrap. It is a traditional Christmas delicacy!
These are a few tips of what to expect during Christmas in Argentina. Wherever you are in the country, make sure to join in on the lively summer spirit!
Written by Nora Wallenius