Christmas In Medellin

Christmas in Colombia has typically been more of a spiritual than consumer holiday. This appears to be changing. Two weeks I ago I began to hear Christmas music in the malls and supermarkets. There is a lot of advertizing for Christmas gifts, much of it aimed at kids and parents.
On the brighter side, Medellin puts on a spectacular light display every year. The river is decorated to the nines and there are Christmas lights and displays all over the city. A cabbie told me that the city sells its displays every year to other cities both in Colombia and in other countries. This does not surprise me as the work is very good and deserves to be used again.

A nice link can be seen here.

Check out a video stream of this years displays at


Last weekend they had the official dedication of this years lights display. We were out-of-town and have not had a chance to see them yet. The display along the river looks very interesting. They are using water fountains illuminated by LEDs and synchronized flows to create the effects. Got to ” go down by the riverside” and check them out! More later.


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