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buenos aires for new years eve

Looking for some advice on whether this is a good time to travel to Argentina. We were hoping to leave on Boxing Day, stay through new years eve...and enjoy some wonderful restaurants, wine tours etc. I've heard that many of the locals take holidays at that time and so do alot of the restaurants etc. Anyone experience Buenos Aires at this time of year?

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    1. re: RicRios

      thanks, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas...thats when we hope to leave Canada and be in Buenos Aires for New Years Eve and that next week after. Not sure though that this is the best time to experience Argentina...rumour is thats when people from the area take off...and shut down. Would love to know if anyone has travelled at there at that time of year.

    2. Hi there. I am from Buenos Aires although I live in the UK. I spent New Year's Eve there the year before last and, true to my recollection from growing up, nothing much happens. It tends to be ridiculously hot and most people would celebrate with friends or at private parties. You might want to check the city's government website for public events:

      http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/agenda/

      Personally, I would spend New Year's anywhere but in Buenos Aires. For a wine tour, I would definetely recommend Cafayate in Salta. Mendoza is beautiful but Cafayate is much more than that...the food is properly indigenous (and delicious); the landscape, breathtaking, the wines absolutely amazing and the local culture a lot more interesting.

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      1. re: Paula76

        If you are going to be there on New Year's Eve, the first thing you must do when you arrive is schedule a New Year's Eve dinner at a restaurant that will be open. Otherwise, you will be without anything to do, in the world's most boring "New Year's Eve at Midnight" major city. People are either (1) home or with friends, or (2) out for a special dinner. Otherwise, the city shuts down at about 9PM. At 2 AM, the city is alive again with the clubs opening. (I don't live there, but I have a place there, yet I spend every New Year's Eve in Chile.)

      2. I agree with lmnopm, Buenos Aires is always amazing but December is kind of empty, which is honestly an advantage somehow if you are walking across the streets but regarding Christmas and New Year eve, you should book in advance a restaurant/party otherwise could be really boring and frustrating to stay at the hotel alone. However there is no reason to panic, there are plenty of activities for foreign, many restaurants will be open, and there will be many like you looking for something nice to do. You can book for example a tango dinner show, the venues have special menus and celebrations for the activities, look at this link http://tinyurl.com/ykjk8og

        1. Buenos Aires is always amazing but December is kind of empty, which is honestly an advantage somehow if you are walking across the streets but regarding Christmas and New Year eve, you should book in advance a restaurant/party otherwise could be really boring and frustrating to stay at the hotel alone. However there is no reason to panic, there are plenty of activities for foreign, many restaurants will be open, and there will be many like you looking for something nice to do. You can book for example a tango dinner show, the venues have special menus and celebrations for the activities, look at this link http://tinyurl.com/ykjk8og

          1. Any recent advice on this topic ?

            Would love to spend NYE at a supper club type place (ie good music, good crowd, maybe even some dancing later on into the night). Given how tricky transport can be, suggestions in the San Telmo area would be ideal.