Buenos Aires Christmas 2017

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Christmas is right around the corner and this year will fall on Sunday and Monday. In Argentina, we usually celebrate Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day. Families get together for a big spread or an asado, and then at midnight open the presents that Santa left under the tree, set off fireworks and toast with cider or champagne.

At Fierro we also offer our own UCO celebration with a special tasting menu and live music. When the weather is nice, the lovely garden is ideal to celebrate special occasions.  Our unique tasting menu, paired with some top of the line Argentine wines is a great way to get to know our cuisine and to enjoy the holiday cheer! Make sure to book your place in advance! Soler 5862, Palermo. Tel:  011 3220-6820

If you are not staying at the hotel for your Christmas celebration, keep in mind that transport options are very limited on the 24th at night. We suggest that you plan something within walking distance to the hotel. Otherwise, make sure to make transport arrangements in advance and be ready to pay high rates. Also, make sure to make all reservations in advance to ensure that you get a table!

On the 25th, we will be serving our special Christmas breakfast. As it is a national holiday, most things will be closed, however if the sun is up and the temperature is nice, strolling some of the beautiful Palermo parks are a great option. If it’s hot, you can always cool off at the rooftop pool!

For some party options and other Christmas recommendations check out Landing Pad’s suggestions here.

Buenos Aires Agenda: December/Diciembre 2017

Events/Eventos

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06/12- Noche de los Jardines (garden night) is a special event with live music, art and food stands that will take place in the BA Rosedal park from 7-10pm.Rosedal de Palermo (Av. Pedro Montt y Av Iraola)

06/12- La Noche de los Jardines se lleva a cabo en el Rosedal con bandas en vivo, arte y opciones para comer. 19 a 22h. Rosedal de Palermo (Av. Pedro Montt y Av Iraola)

16/12- A Christmas parade will be taking place from 5.30-7 pm for those who want to stop by and hand Santa a Christmas letter.  Av. del Libertador and Sarmiento, Palermo

16/12- Quienes se hayan portado bien podrán pasar a hacer sus pedidos a Papá Noel en el desfile navideño que se lleva a cabo de 17.30-19hs. Av. del Libertador and Sarmiento, Palermo

Christmas- Speaking of Christmas, we will of course be hosting our special UCO dinner with a merry tasting menu and some live tunes as well. Make sure to book in advance and to keep posted for more Christmas tips and news!   3220-6820. ucorestaurant.com

Navidad- Y para festejar la navidad, vamos a ofrecer una opción especial de cena navideña en UCO con menú degustación y música en vivo. Recomendamos reservar con anticipación y estar atentos a las actualizaciones de recomendaciones y noticias en relación a esta fecha. 3220-6820. ucorestaurant.com

New Year- Come and bid 2017 farewell with us at UCO with a festive tasting menu or stay tuned for updates on New Year celebrations and parties in the city!  3220-6820.ucorestaurant.com

Año Nuevo- En UCO queremos invitarlos a despedir el 2017 junto a nosotros con un menú degustación especialmente preparado para recibir a su vez al nuevo año. Durante este mes también vamos a estar compartiendo información con respecto a las fiestas y celebraciones que se van a llevar a cabo en la ciudad para Año Nuevo. 3220-6820. ucorestaurant.com

Art/arte

figures in front of a metamorphosis

 

Joan Miró- Figures in front of a metamorphosis/ Figuras frente a una metamorphosis

MNBA– Check out the new Miró and Rodin exhibits at the Buenos Aires National Museum of Fine Arts. Av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta

MNBA– No se pierdan las exhibiciones de Miró y Rodin en el Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Av. del Libertador 1473, Recoleta

MALBA: The MALBA is showcasing a new Mexican vanguard exhibit until February. Not to be missed. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MALBA: El MALBA expone una muestra de vanguardia mexicana hasta febrero. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

MAMBA:  MAMBA continues to showcase the works of Elba Bairón, Sergio Avello and Tomás Saraceno, as well as the Pirovano Collection works.  Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

MAMBA: El MAMBA sigue exhibiendo la obra de Elba Bairón, Sergio Avello y Tomás Saraceno conjuntamente con la Colección Pirovano. Av. San Juan 350, San Telmo

Usina del Arte: Until the 30th of December, stop by the Usina in La Boca to check out the showcase of Bjork’s digital works. Agustín R. Caffarena 1, La Boca

Usina del Arte: Hasta el 30 de diciembre, la Usina en La Boca exhibe las obras digitales de Bjork. Agustín R. Caffarena 1, La Boca

Top 5 Fairs in Buenos Aires

Shopping season is here with Christmas right around the corner and this year we propose looking for unique gifts at some of the city’s most well known weekend fairs where you can find antiques, handmade crafts, one of a kind designs, typical local tokens and more.

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Pedro Maia de Brito

San Telmo: Probably the most famous, the San Telmo fair is known mainly for its antiques, however it has also become a spot for artisans to sell some of their carefully crafted designs as well.  Defensa and Humberto 1, San Telmo

Other things to do in the area: stop by the MAMBA and check out some great contemporary art exhibits, and then pause for a chocotorta at the Pride Café.

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Lauro Maia

Parque Lezama: Also in San Telmo, this fair is located in Parque Lezama which is set in front of a stunning Russian Orthodox church and next to the National History Museum. Defensa and Brazil, San Telmo

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Ligia Berg

Plaza Francia: This fair which takes place in the stunning Plaza Francia in Recoleta just in front of the MNBA (the National Museum of Fine Arts) is a great place to buy leather, silver and knits, and is well known for the quality of the products and designs. Av. Libertador and Av. Alvear, Recoleta

Other things to do in the area: tour the Recoleta Cemetery and stop by traditional café La Biela for a break.

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Mariano García-Gaspar

Plaza Serrano: The Palermo fair in Plaza Serrano is surrounded by stores that open up on weekends for new and upcoming designers to showcase and sell their stuff. Also, it is full of great spots to stop for a bite or drinks.  Honduras and Serrano, Palermo

Other things to do in the area: Walk a few blocks to the Botanical Garden and cool off in the shade after an afternoon of shopping, or stop for some wine and a good read at nearby wine & bookstore, Alamut.

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Monk fotografia

Feria de Mataderos: slightly further away from the city center, this Sunday fair is perfect for those looking for typical local products and gaucho style souvenirs. Lisandro de la Torre and Av. de los Corrales, Liniers

Other things to do in the area: the Bolivian market which offers andean food and complements opens on Sundays in front of the fair, and the Mercado de Liniers, which commercializes cattle, is right next to it.

 

Buenos Aires Agenda: December/Diciembre

Events/Eventos

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AK Rockefeller

02-11 The Contemporary Dance Festival will be taking place throughout the city. Find the full program here.

El Festival de Danza Contemporánea se lleva a cabo en distintas localidades de la ciudad. La programación entera está disponible aquí.  

03/04 During the weekend of the 3rd and 4th, stop for a bite at one of the food trucks at the Food Fest BA that will take place in La Rural. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo. 

Durante el fin de semana del 3 y el 4, se lleva a cabo el Food Fest BA en La Rural donde los food trucks darán a conocer las últimas tendencias gourmet de la ciudad. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo.

06-11 The Feria Internacional de Artesanías (handcrafts fair) will be taking place at La Rural and could be a good place to buy unique Christmas gifts. Av. Sarmieto 2704, Palermo

La Feria Internacional de Artesanías se lleva a cabo en La Rural y podría ser un buen lugar para comprar regalos de navidad. Av. Sarmiento 2704, Palermo

06-13 The Colón Theatre will be staging a production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Get your tickets here!

El Teatro Colón presenta una producción de la ópera Porgy and Bess de George Gershwin. Entradas aquí

17-29 The Colón Theatre wraps up the year with a special production of the ballet Giselle. Tickets here.

Para cerrar el año, el Teatro Colón trae el ballet Giselle a su escenario. Entradas aquí.  

We will be posting Christmas and New Year updates closer to date. Find information about the holiday season in Buenos Aires here.

Publicaremos actualizaciones con respecto a las fiestas más cerca de la fecha. Puede encontrar más información con respecto a la celebración de Navidad y Año Nuevo aquí. 

Art/Arte

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Picasso- The Kitchen

03 –The last Gallery  Day event of the year will be taking place in the Palermo-Villa Crespo area from 6 to 8pm.

El último Gallery Day del año se lleva a cabo en el circuito Palermo- Villa Crespo de 18 a 20 hs. 

MALBA: The MALBA museum is featuring the works of Carlos Motta and Alicia Penalba and a new exhibit from the Fadel collection. Also, its permanent collection has a new postcolonial focus and is titled “Verboamérica” . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

MALBA: El MALBA continúa exhibiendo la obra de Carlos Motta y Alicia Penalba una muestra de la colección Fadel. Además. Además, el museo propone un nuevo concepto curatorial con un enfoque poscolonial de su colección permanente bajo el título “Verboamérica” . Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

Fundación PROA: The art foundation in La Boca is showcasing an exhibit of Kazimir Malevich’s works until the 11th. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

Fundación PROA: La fundación de arte en La Boca tiene en exhibición una retrospectiva de la obra del artista ruso Kazimir Malevich hasta el 11 de diciembre. Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1929, La Boca.

MNBA: The Buenos Aires fine arts museums will be celebrating its 120th birthday in December and will be staging special events, specially on the 12th. It is also showcasing the works of sculptor Norberto Gómez and of Ernesto de la Cárcova Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MNBA: El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes sus 120 años en diciembre, y habrán eventos especiales durante todo el mes a modo de festejo, en especial el lunes 12 de diciembre. Además tiene en exhibición la obra del escultor Norberto Gómez y de Ernesto de la Cárcova. Av. Libertador 1473, Palermo.

MAMBA:  The Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires is showcasing a selection of drawings by Picasso, a collection of works by Antonio Berni, and a series of 3D audiovisual concerts.

MAMBA: El Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires está exhibiendo una colección de dibujos de Picasso, una colección de Antonio Berni y una serie de conciertos audiovisuales 3D.

Buenos Aires Agenda: December/Diciembre (7-13)

Monday/Lunes

Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues)

(Francis Alÿs-Bolero (Shoe Shine Blues))

Check out the new MALBA exhibit of Belgian artist Francis Alÿs’s poetic-political artwork. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo. 

You can also head to the Centro Cultural Konex where famous percussion group, La Bomba del Tiempo, will be carrying out their Monday show starting at 7pm. Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

El MALBA tiene en exhibición una muestra del trabajo político-poético del artista belga Francis Alÿs. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo.

También a la tarde, a partir de las 19hs., la famosa orquesta de percusión, La Bomba del Tiempo se presenta, como todos los lunes, en el Centro Cultural Konex.Sarmiento 3151, Almagro.

Tuesday/Martes

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The 8th of December is a national holiday in Argentina due to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. To join in on the local festivities, head to Tigre where there is annual party to celebrate. Those that wish to attend mass can do so at 6.30pm at the intersection of the streets Lavalle and Madero. Later, there will be a nautical procession, fireworks and live music by local artists. It is also the day in which Christmas trees are put up.

El 8 de diciembre es feriado nacional en Argentina ya que se celebra el Día de la Virgen. En el Tigre se llevarán a cabo diferentes eventos para quienes quieran participar de las festividades, incluyendo la misa a las 18.30hs. en Lavalle y Madero, una procesión náutica, fuegos artificiales y la presentación en vivo de músicos locales. También es el día en que se pone el árbol de Navidad.

Wednesday/Miércoles

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A sunny Wednesday is perfect for taking a Foto Ruta Tour where you can get to know the city from a different perspective!

In the evening, Morrisey will be staging a live show at the Teatro Ópera. Tickets here. 

Un miércoles de sol es ideal para hacer un tour fotográfico de Buenos Aires con Foto Ruta y ver la ciudad con otro enfoque.

A la noche, se presenta Morriesey en el Teatro Ópera. Entradas aquí.
Thursday/Jueves

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(Photo by Bruno Sebastián Solar)

On Thursday political sentiments will be high as the new president will take office. The act will take place at the Pink House at 1.30pm.

A7pm, the MACBA art museum in San Telmo will be showing a special screening of The wings of desire by Wim Wenders.

In the evening, Morrisey will be staging a live show at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

El sentimiento político estará en alza ya que asume su cargo el nuevo presidente de la nación. El evento se llevará a cabo en la Casa Rosada a las 13.30hs.

A las 19hs. el museo de arte MACBA realizará una proyección de Las alas del deseo de Wim Wenders.

A la noche, Morrisey se presenta en el Teatro Ópera. Entradas aquí.

Friday/Viernes

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(Photo by seleniamorgillo)

If the weather forecast is right and it should rain from Friday through the weekend, check out our recommended rainy day activities in Buenos Aires.

The Colón Theatre’s last staging of Wagner’s Parcifal will be taking place at 8pm. Tickets here.

Si el pronóstico del tiempo acierta y llueve a partir del viernes y durante el fin de semana, hay una lista de actividades recomendadas para hacer en Buenos Aires cuando llueve aquí.

La última función de la ópera Parcifal de Wagner se lleva a cabo en el Teatro Colón a las 20hs. Entradas aquí.

Saturday and Sunday/Sábado y Domingo

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(Photo by Rick Powell)

Book your place at UCO´s delicious weekend brunch, with a great Irish version as well! 3220-6800Soler 5862, Palermo.

On Saturday afternoon, the last Gallery Day event of the year will be taking place in Palermo and Villa Crespo. Stop by to discover the local art scene and maybe to buy some Christmas gifts as well. 

On Saturday evening at 8.30pm, the Museo Larreta in Belgrano is staging a stunning Lorca inspired Flamenco show. Juramento 2291, Belgrano.

Hacé tu reserva para degustar el delicioso brunch de UCO restaurante que  ofrece también una variante de desayuno irlandés. 3220-6800. Soler 5862, Palermo.

El sábado a la tarde se lleva a cabo el último Gallery Day del año en Palermo en Villa Crespo, una oportunidad tanto para descubrir el mercado de arte local, y también para comprar algún regalo de navidad.

El sábado a la noche a las 20.30hs., el Museo Larreta en Belgrano presenta un espectáculo impactante de flamenco inspirado en la obra de Federico García Lorca. Juramento 2291, Belgrano. 

 

Fierro’s 2013 Christmas Gift Guide

(Photo by SurprisePally)

Some of us believe that gift giving is one of the happiest aspects of the Christmas season, others prefer receiving and write long lists to Santa letting him know what they expect. Whether you’re amongst the first group and are looking for original ideas to surprise your loved ones, or whether you’re amongst the second and want to make sure that there’s nothing missing on your wish list, here is our pick of local gifts this year. (And for more suggestions you can find our 2011 list  here and our 2012 list here).

Knits: The sunny Summer Argentine weather is probably not inspiring anyone to think about wooly wear, but the northern hemisphere is kicking off Winter, so warm and fuzzy may just be the thing to take back home, if that’s where home is of course. We specially like the new trend in ecological wool and ethical production that design companies like URSA and Laraia Crafts encourage.

Local Art: The local art scene is thriving and offers perfect gift giving opportunities. Hollywood in Cambodia showcases and sells the work of some of the most talented urban artists in the city, whilst Galeria Mar Dulce represents the young up and coming. The gorgeous art tapestries by NESLE also make great gifts and will make walls look all the prettier. Another option is to help fund a project, such as Jellyfish Editorial’s gorgeous Magia y Mística art book.

Another booming local industry is clothes design. Strolling down the streets of Palermo Soho you’re sure to find beautiful and unique gift opportunities. Here is a guide of our favorite Soho designers.

Wine lovers who read Spanish should definitely get a copy of Más allá del Malbec, the new book about wine that our in-house sommelier celebrity Andrés Rosberg and star writer Quintín put together after spending many an afternoon tasting wines, and exploring the depths of the purples and reds. A must read!

Finally, if you’re on a budget and want something way more traditional, the weekend artisans fairs at Plaza Francia, Feria de Mataderos, Plaza Belgrano and San Telmo are great places to stop by and find handcrafted jewelry, leather goods, mates and antiques.

Christmas Eve at Hernán GIpponi Restaurant

´Tis the season to be jolly and jolly indeed it will be on Christmas Eve at Hernán GIpponi Restaurant with the festive tasting menu, specially designed for the occasion and fit for Santa himself.

The night will kick off with a selection of delicious appetizers including homemade breads; Chubut prawn; cured fish with cucumber, lentils and yoghurt; vacuum cooked veal tongue with veggies vinaigrette and a blood sausage fritter (a classic local Christmas staple) and finally humita and rabbit in philo pastry with spinach alioli.  After that, a light salad of smoked trout, pickled summer veggies, acidulated cream, leaves and sprouts will be served, followed by a starter of roasted tomatoes, crab, creamy black rice, squid, and Sbrinz cheese. The two main courses, one fish and one meat, will be catch of the day with turnip emulsion, salicornia, courgette seeds, and tomato, and apple-tree smoked steak, confit potatoes, yam chips, and criolla sauce. Argentinian cheeses, chayote, cherries and nuts will be served as a pre dessert, and finally, vanilla pear, Granny Smith apple sorbet, carob with a cardamom cloud will top off a delectable Christmas dinner. All the courses will of course be paired with top of the line Argentine wine. The cost of the menu is 1000 pesos.

This year, HG will also be featuring a children’s menu that will include salamín from Tandil and Sbrinz cheese and Vitel Thonné as appetizers, a starter of 63°C sous vide egg with potato cream, a choice of either catch of the day with creamy rice or sirloin with french fries for the main course, and finally, chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. No wines for the kids of course! And, the cost of the children’s menu is 350 pesos.

We hope you join us in this festive treat on the 24th of December, which is when we Argies carry out the big Christmas celebration, rather than on the 25th.  Remember to book your place in advance at 3220-6820.