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Photo Essay: The magic of Christmas in Bogotá, Colombia Special

Posted Dec 23, 2015 by Igor I. Solar
The city of Bogotá, Colombia, is having a wonderful Christmas this year. The program of Christmas-related activities in the city began in late November and will run throughout December, until January 4.
Christmas decorations  lights and musicians adorn the cars of Bogotá s  Christmas Express
Christmas decorations, lights and musicians adorn the cars of Bogotá's "Christmas Express"
Bogotá citizens celebrate Christmas very enthusiastically. The festivities include numerous cultural activities such as several concerts of Christmas Carols and musical works of Colombian composers performed by the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra. There are many events of fireworks in various neighborhoods dedicated to all Bogotá citizens, but mostly to children.
Christmas lights in Usaquén Park  Bogotá.
Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
Bogotá citizens enjoy the display of Christmas lights in Usaquén Park  Bogotá.
Bogotá citizens enjoy the display of Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
Christmas lights in Usaquén Park  Bogotá.
Christmas lights in Usaquén Park, Bogotá.
The celebrations focus around Bolivar Square (Plaza de Bolívar), the city’s main plaza and civic center. Cultural activities take place around the city’s official 40-meter-high Christmas tree. And finally, there is the “Route of Christmas” with millions of LED lights decorating shopping centers, parks, pathways, building facades and trees in public spaces in 35 sectors of the Colombian capital.
Giant Christmas tree in Plaza de Bolivar  across Bogotá s Cathedral.
Giant Christmas tree in Plaza de Bolivar, across Bogotá's Cathedral.
The celebrations focus around Plaza de Bolívar  the city’s main square and civic center.
The celebrations focus around Plaza de Bolívar, the city’s main square and civic center.
On December 23 in Plaza de Bolivar a great show will take place called the “Drum Dance Dream of China.” The Shanghai Jiangzhou Drum Company will perform a show that will put on the large stage about 100 percussionists, with many costumes and hundreds of drums. The event will be held starting at 6 p.m. and admission is free.
The “Christmas Express” is a traditional train which runs in the evening along some rail routes near the downtown areas of the city with an old locomotive and historic cars lavishly decorated with Christmas lights, singing groups, and lots of music.
The Christmas Express draws large crowds  and causes traffic jams in Bogotá  Colombia.
The Christmas Express draws large crowds, and causes traffic jams in Bogotá, Colombia.
The “Christmas Express” runs along some rail routes near downtown with historic cars decorated w...
The “Christmas Express” runs along some rail routes near downtown with historic cars decorated with Christmas lights and carrying singing ensembles.