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.

Celebrating Christmas with a Paisa Family

I doubt there’s another country that takes December as seriously as Colombia does. This is my experience, a Christmas party with a paisa family.

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) […]


This is part one of a two-part seres on the 2012 Christmas lights in Medellin. The second part, by Dave, will be posted after he’s had a chance to see them too. Last year, I missed it. I left on Dec. 6 for my brother’s house in South Florida, an afternoon flight, long before it […]

Photo Essay: Christmas Lights in Medellin

I previously shared the lights of Envigado in December, so let’s head north to the display set up by Medellin along the river that runs through the city. This is the real epicenter of holiday decorations in the valley, and the Colombians go out in mass on a clear night to enjoy the atmosphere. The […]

Photo Essay: Envigado in December

“Wow” was my first reaction upon seeing Envigado in December.  I’d never seen anything like the lights strung above the streets.  Since all Colombian cities, towns, and pueblos feature a main square, it’s possible to have a high concentration of lights and decorations in one spot.  The effect when walking around can be overwhelming! By […]

Myths and Legends Parade

The fireworks and early evening parties of November 30th unofficially kicked off a month of Christmas celebrations. One week later, the Myths and Legends parade (Desfile de Mitos y Leyendas) took place on the eve of the Immaculate Conception (a public holiday). I met up with Mike (GoBigMike) and Leif (Killing Batteries), and together we […]

Santa’s Been Here

I don’t know what kept drawing me back to this picture for this week, but I really love it.  It’s in front of a store that ‘s dedicated to Christmas decorations, and it is open year round! These other pictures I’m posting for their artistic value.  Just a few sweet shots around Santa Elena.  Courtesy […]

A Sign of the Times

I came to Medellin just  a few days before the start of Feria De Las Flores.  The city exploded with flowers everywhere, and there were so many events and displays, it was hard to figure out where to go next.  Christmas time has a different feel entirely.  There is just as many, if not more, […]