LA PAZ – La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, welcomed Christmas this week with the lighting of a 16-meter (52-foot) tree and a performance of dances and carols from Bolivia and other countries.
An orchestra and a children’s choir performed traditional Christmas songs on Monday, followed by a ballet of children dressed as shepherds from the highlands and Bolivian valleys who danced for the Baby Jesus and his parents.
La Paz Mayor Luis Revilla later led the countdown to the lighting of the more than 9,000 lights on the metal Christmas tree placed in the center of the Plaza Mayor de San Francisco next to a huge nativity scene with figures made out of wrought iron.
“The whole city will be decorated throughout this month and it is the beginning of the Christmas celebrations and the year-end holidays,” Revilla told EFE.
The mayor noted the Christmas decorations installed in other parts of the city, such as the lights along the main avenues downtown and in south La Paz.
La Paz also boasts a 10-meter (33-foot) tree made with 1,750 recycled glass bottles outside the doors of city hall, “a nice show to see,” the mayor said.