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Best Places to Visit in Argentina for Christmas Cheer

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Plan a day trip or weekend getaway to get some holiday cheer. This article highlights the best places to visit in Argentina for Christmas cheer.

Argentina, with its vibrant culture and warm December weather, offers a unique holiday experience for expats and digital nomads. From bustling city streets adorned with festive lights to quaint towns with traditional celebrations, there's a wealth of places to get into the holiday spirit. Whether you're looking for a grand Christmas market, a spectacular parade, or simply a place to enjoy the seasonal ambiance, Argentina's diverse destinations have something for everyone. Here are some of the best places to visit in December to immerse yourself in the festive cheer.

Buenos Aires - Avenida Alvear

In the heart of Buenos Aires, the elegant Avenida Alvear transforms into a Christmas wonderland. Luxury boutiques and hotels along this iconic avenue dazzle with sophisticated decorations and lights, creating a festive atmosphere that's perfect for an evening stroll. The area is known for its upscale shopping experience, and during the holidays, window displays become works of art, drawing in both locals and visitors. While there isn't a traditional market, the ambiance is enough to fill you with holiday cheer.

We Recommend: Don't miss the chance to indulge in a traditional Argentine Christmas treat, such as pan dulce or a slice of turrón, from one of the local patisseries as you admire the festive window displays.

Córdoba - Feria Navideña

Córdoba, with its rich history and cultural heritage, hosts the Feria Navideña, a Christmas fair that brings together local artisans and vendors. Held in the city's main squares, such as Plaza San Martín, this market is a great place to find handcrafted gifts, decorations, and regional delicacies. The fair typically takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas, offering a lively atmosphere with music and entertainment.

We Recommend: Be sure to try some of the local specialties like alfajores or a glass of clericó, a refreshing Argentine fruit punch that's especially popular during the festive season.

Bariloche - Centro Cívico

Nestled in the Andes, Bariloche is a picturesque town that becomes even more magical during the holidays. The Centro Cívico, with its Alpine architecture, is the focal point for Christmas festivities. The town square is adorned with lights and a large Christmas tree, and there's often a market where you can buy chocolate, a Bariloche specialty, and other local crafts. The mountain backdrop and potential for a white Christmas add to the charm.

We Recommend: Don't leave without sampling some of Bariloche's famous artisanal chocolates, which make for perfect holiday gifts or a sweet treat for yourself.

Mendoza - Peatonal Sarmiento

Mendoza, known for its wine, also offers a delightful holiday experience along the Peatonal Sarmiento. This pedestrian street is lined with shops and restaurants, all decked out in festive decor. In the evenings, the area comes alive with street performers and vendors selling seasonal items. The warm summer evenings in Mendoza make for a pleasant outdoor holiday shopping and dining experience.

We Recommend: Enjoy a glass of Malbec or Torrontés from one of the local wineries that set up stalls along the street, pairing it with some traditional Mendocino empanadas.

Salta - Plaza 9 de Julio

Salta's Plaza 9 de Julio is a colonial gem that hosts a charming Christmas market. The plaza is surrounded by historic buildings, including the Salta Cathedral, which is beautifully lit during the holiday season. Artisans from the region sell unique crafts, textiles, and jewelry, making it an ideal spot to find one-of-a-kind gifts. The market usually runs throughout December, with the added bonus of traditional folk music performances.

We Recommend: Try some of the local humitas or tamales, which are especially popular during the festive period, and soak in the traditional music that fills the air.

Rosario - Boulevard Oroño

In Rosario, Boulevard Oroño is known for its impressive Christmas decorations and lights. The wide boulevard becomes a hub for families and friends to gather and enjoy the holiday spirit. While there isn't a specific holiday market, the street is lined with shops and cafes where you can find gifts and enjoy seasonal treats. The atmosphere is festive and welcoming, with the city's monuments and parks also joining in with their own holiday displays.

We Recommend: Take a leisurely walk along the boulevard to fully appreciate the decorations and stop by a local café to enjoy a submarino, a hot chocolate drink made by submerging a bar of chocolate into warm milk.

Ushuaia - Avenida San Martín

As the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia offers a unique holiday experience with its end-of-the-world charm. Avenida San Martín, the main street, is adorned with festive lights and decorations, creating a cozy atmosphere amidst the often snowy landscape. The local shops and boutiques offer a range of souvenirs and gifts, including hand-knitted woolen goods, perfect for the chilly weather.

We Recommend: Embrace the spirit of the season with a warm cup of chocolate caliente from one of the local chocolatiers, and keep an eye out for artisanal crafts made from the native lenga wood.

El Calafate - Avenida Libertador

El Calafate, the gateway to the glaciers, is another Patagonian town that dresses up for the holidays. Avenida Libertador, the main thoroughfare, is where you'll find the town's Christmas festivities. Shops and restaurants along the avenue offer holiday-themed menus and gifts, and the town often organizes events and activities for both children and adults to enjoy the spirit of the season.

We Recommend: Sample some calafate berry jam, a local delicacy named after the town, which is said to guarantee your return to Patagonia if you eat it.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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