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Spending Christmas in Santiago, Chile

By esmith, December 2012

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As you might imagine, there is no giant ice-skating rink with a big Christmas tree in the middle in Santiago, Chile at Christmas time. It’s summertime here, and while you will find some sweaty, bearded “viejitos pascueros” (Santa Clauses) and two large, public Christmas trees, one at Estación Central, and the other at the Plaza de Armas, Christmas may not feel exactly like it does at home.

First of all, it’s quite warm out. The Christmas Eve toast is done with champagne with pineapple ice cream in it, because people are looking for something refreshing after all that sun. They do have a traditional dessert snack that’s not that far off from fruitcake, with the difference being that everyone buys it, loves it, compares it and serves it, if you’re invited to any social event surrounding this time of year. It’s a round brown cake, spiced with cinnamon and cloves and studded with dried fruit.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Chile Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Chile.

Photo courtesy of gardener41 via Flickr.

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