2016 Medellín Christmas Lights: the World-Class El Alumbrado

Jeff takes us to the primary Medellín Christmas lights display this year. For the second year in a row there is a change; the route is not along the river.

2015 Medellín Christmas Lights: El Alumbrado

Jeff takes us to the primary Medellín Christmas lights display this year. There is a major change this year; the route is notably not along the river.

Christmas Lights 2013: The DIY Approach

Dave takes us along on his DIY tour of the Christmas lights in Medellin, Colombia including which street foods you absolutely must try, and where.

Los Alumbrados: Medellin’s Annual Christmas Light Display (2012)

December is my favorite month to be in Medellin. In addition to kicking off the Summer dry season, the entire valley is decorated with Los Alumbrados, the annual Christmas light display. In 2010, I experienced the holiday lights for the first time, and it blew me away. I was especially fond of the lights draping […]

Christmas in Bogota: Big Trees, Mongolian Food, and Catedral de Sal

Bogotá features its share of lights — not quite the candescence of Medellín — but I would have never known what kind of display the Colombian capital offers had I not come to see it. I had two other things I really wanted to do as well: go to the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) […]

Christmas Lights in Medellin (2011)

Some things just go together. Hawaii and hula. Football and Sunday. Politicans and broken promises. In Medellín, December brings a popular pair: Lights and holidays. Lots of lights. There are 16 millions of them, to honor the city’s 16 neighborhoods, the aesthetic highlight of the city’s Los Alumbrados. The lights covered almost 20 miles of […]