Main Christmas Tradition in Peru: Cusco Santurantikuy Christmas Fair
Though Christmas time in Cusco might not be what you are used to, it is an unforgettable experience to spend the holiday season in this beautiful town. If if you are traveling in Peru and you don’t know where to spend Christmas in Peru, come to Cusco! One of the great things about a Cusco Christmas is an mayor event called the ”Santurantikuy” Christmas Fair.
The Santurantikuy Christmas Fair takes place in the Plaza de Armas on the 23rd and 24th of December, the main day of the fair being Christmas Eve.
Hundreds of vendors flock to the Plaza to set up their booths, where they display various Christmas knickknacks, souvenirs for tourists and typical Christmas food.
The Peruvian Saints
However, the most unique items for which the fair is known are the statues of saints. In fact, ´´Santurantikuy´´ translates to ´´market for the buying of the saints.´´ Many people buy these special figurines at the fair to display in their Nativity scenes.
Furthermore, Peruvians who live in the Andean communities in the surrounding areas travel to the city for the fair. They sell greenery grown in the Andes, such as moss, grass, and other plants, which the people use to decorate the Nativity scenes.
This market has been a tradition in Cusco since the 16th century and the National Institute of Culture declared the event a “National Cultural Heritage”. Don´t miss out on this unique fair and the 1500 booths that offer unique trinkets that make for perfect Peruvian souvenirs or Christmas Gifts.
Peruse the various stalls, drink ponche (a typical Peruvian hot drink made with Pisco), and soak up the Christmas season in the quaint city of Cusco! So many reasons, to attend the Main Christmas Tradition Peru: Cusco Santurantikuy Christmas Fair!