When it comes to Christmas lights in Colombia, Medellín gets all the headlines. With good reason. The nation’s second-biggest city puts on a luminescent show as stunning as anywhere in the world.
But the capital can hold its own. Each year, starting even in November, Bogotá lights up. From the quaint cobblestone park in Usaquen to the majestic Cathedral of Bogotá in Plaza Bolívar, there are glowing bulbs to behold up and down the city.
Last night was particularly illuminating, as the “Noche de las Velitas” (the Night of the Little Candles) saw families, couples, and — tragically this year — those mourning Yuliana lighting millions of candles in homes, parks, and establishments of all kinds.
While it would be impossible to capture it all, this year The City Paper roamed the streets to bring you some of the high “lights” of Bogotá’s Christmas spirit.