Christmas marks the start of summer in Buenos Aires and it’s a glorious time to visit Argentina on your travels. Perfect for budget travellers and soaring with energy. There is no better way to see out the year than partying with local “porteños”.
Buenos Aires—”fair winds” in Spanish is described as the Paris of South America, and thanks to a weak peso it attracts travellers from all over the world.
Situated on the Río de la Plata, one of the world’s largest estuaries, the Argentine capital is super hot over the holiday season with temperatures reaching up to 28 degrees.
Summer in Argentina takes place from December to March, so you can spend Christmas wearing shorts and t-shirts instead of a winter jacket and mittens.
Travellers wanting to escape the wintry chill of the northern hemisphere will find plenty of cheap places to stay in Buenos Aires on vacation. It’s a sophisticated and passionate place to celebrate Christmas and remarkably cheap too.
Christmas fireworks in Buenos Aires
The main festive celebration in Argentina takes place on Christmas Eve and the night plays out like New Year’s Eve. Lighting up the urban landscape with a riot of colour and noise, everyone likes to toast and kiss when BA’s skies alight with the fireworks at Christmas.
It’s a boisterous and exciting way to celebrate Christmas, and adventurous travellers like to make their way to the Obelisco or a nearby park to see out the evening.
Christmas tango shows in Buenos Aires
Christmas Eve is the best time to experience a tango show in Buenos Aires. If you book a formal show in advance, you will receive a three course meal, tango display, wine and a DJ party lasting until the early hours.
Most hostels in Buenos Aires will have a festive tango package in place for their guests. Otherwise depending on your neighbourhood you might get lucky and enjoy a spontaneous tango show in the street.
What to eat in Buenos Aires over Christmas
Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires is called “Nochebuena,” and for those not celebrating with a local family you can eat out in style instead. Most BA restaurants have live music, excellent wine pairings, and serve traditional European dishes that are only available one day of the year.
Porteños dine on freshly cooked beef, red wine, salad, champagne (to be corked at midnight) and, of course, pan dulce. Navidad isn’t navidad without pan dulce, which is sweet bread coated with sugar.
Where to stay in Buenos Aires over Christmas
- Hostel Sol De Oro is a family run hostel located on Montserrat, which is a traditional old neighbourhood near San Telmo, La Boca, just two blocks from the metro station. Offering clean rooms and dorms with free Wi-Fi. The hostel is a welcoming experience for all first-travellers arriving in Buenos Aries. Dorms are available from €7.
- Art Factory Palermo is a trendy youth hostel with a hipster sensibility. With its bohemian flair and Wi-Fi friendly rooms and dorms, the Palermo is a popular choice with international travellers. Dorms are available from €8.
- La Taba Hostel is a charming old hostel in a refurbished house in central Buenos Aires, which has a beautiful terrace overlooking the city. Dorms are available from €9.
- Garden House BA is a popular backpacker choice in San Telmo, La Boca and is a cultured way to visit the city. Exceptionally clean and with stylish rooms and dorms, its an excellent choice for travellers arriving Buenos Aires. Dorms are available from €8.