Cartagena is the city that travelers from Colombia and from all over the world prefer to celebrate Christmas and New Year, thanks to the architecture, colors and energy that the walled city and the nearby neighborhoods have. December marks the beginning of the high season, and in these two holidays the atmosphere increases greatly with the large number of travelers walking in the streets and getting to know the sites of interest at any time of the day. We've prepared a guide that includes the different ways in which you can celebrate, and the things to do in Christmas and New Year in Cartagena, a holiday season awaited for most of us to meet with family and friends!
Have dinner in the best hotels or restaurants of the city
A good meal is an essential part of christmas, and what better way to follow the tradition than enjoying the great gastronomic offer of the best hotels and restaurants from Cartagena? These private events include a Christmas or New Year’s Eve menu, live music and special activities for children.
To have dinner in the most exclusive hotels and restaurants of Cartagena is the ideal plan not to worry about dinner preparations, and in the case of the hotels it is not necessary to be a guest to book this activity. These events have a capacity limit, we recommend not to wait until last minute if you are planning to look for a special activity for the holidays, and book in advance. We've selected some hotels and restaurants that offer this option. If you are interested you can read all the details clicking here or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
Have dinner on a sailing boat
Another unique option the city offers to celebrate New Year's Eve is have dinner on the sailing boat Phantom. This boat will make a tour through the bay, which will begin in the Muelle de la Bodeguita where the boat is anchored. This is a really original option that will give you the opportunity to welcome the new year in a different way, watching the beautiful and unique view of Cartagena from the sea, with just a small group of people. It is also the ideal plan for the night, since you can start by having dinner and end the night dancing. Having dinner in the sailing boat Phantom is also perfect if you want a romantic night. The night in the phantom includes grapes, to continue the tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight, a bottle of champagne and a bottle of whisky per table, and fried snacks typical from Cartagena. What’s more, they offer a firework show, a DJ, live music and a folkloric dance and music band. If you prefer to stay on land, the boat also offers a dinner on the dock from where it sets sails. If you are interested in any of these events and want to book them, you can read all the details clicking here.
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Parque de la Marina
The most popular plan for the people from Cartagena to do in New Year's Eve is to get together in the Parque de la Marina. They bring their own food and chairs or blankets to sit on, and wait for the 2017 to begin. In the park you can also find people that rent chairs and tables for those who don’t want to bother bringing their own there. Once they have dinner and have a good time with their family or their friends, they wait for midnight to welcome the new year with a firework show. You must arrive early to find a place in the park, but if you run a bit late you can also do this activity in the areas near the park such as the Muelle de los Pegasos. This option is great to feel the holiday atmosphere in Cartagena and to welcome the New Year in the joyful way locals do.
If after a quiet dinner you want to continue having fun, you can go party. In downtown you can find different options where you can dance the night away. Many night clubs open until late in the walled city and in the Arsenal Street, some of them even throw New Year parties with live music.
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