MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Mexico City is never one to skimp on a celebration, and the holidays are no exception. This year, the city’s administration is putting on a magnificent array of Christmas-themed installations, parades and activities to commemorate the most wonderful time of the year. First up, the annual ice-skating rink takes over the focal part of the historic downtown center, the Zocalo.
Now a beloved tradition, this artificial ice rink is the centerpiece of the Zocalo for the holiday season. It officially opened on December 4 and will remain open until January 7, 2012. With free admission, locals and visitors will have the chance to enjoy ice skating, music and holiday decor in one of the most iconic spots in Mexico City. In addition to the ice rink, there will be a variety of child entertainment areas set up around the square offering different games and crafts. The Zocalo will also be showcasing its very own Christmas tree, measuring over 164 feet in height and visible from the pedestrian walkway, Madero. Paseo de la Reforma will also be getting into the spirit with three nativity scenes installed along the main avenue. Along with these installations, Mexico City is also home to the world’s largest nativity scene, located south of the city and consisting of 57 scenes from the biblical story. Open now until January 15, it spans an area of over 65,000 feet and has 5,000 figures in place.
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