Christmas Is Here

By Jesús Aguado

Christmas festivities in San Miguel de Allende officially begin with the lighting of the tree.

The 15-meter-high structure was first placed on the esplanade of the Jardín Principal in 2003. Since then it has been lit every year and is now a symbol of Christmas, along with the Nativity Scene that is placed at the kiosk later.

In 2016, the tree was decorated with ornaments made by local artisans. Adornments of dry plants were made by Doña Chuy and her family. The star that crowned the tree was the idea of Mauricio Téllez. The structure was also decorated with stars made of glass by Rogelio Luna, Sergio Gonzalez, and Ernesto Yáñez. The decoration featured hearts, doves, and Mexican toys.

This year, the ceremony will take place at 7pm on Thursday, December 7. There will be Christmas carols, tamales, and candies.


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