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Christmas comes alive in Mexico City

December 19, 2011

Ice skating may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Christmas in Mexico, but the capital city has made the winter activity an annual Christmas tradition. An artificial ice rink is installed in the Zocalo - Mexico City's historic downtown center - each December and remains there until early January.

Mexican people can come to try their hand at ice skating, but if that's not up their alley, there will be plenty of other things to do for people of all ages. There are games and a Chirstmas tree that stands more than 164 feet high.

One of the biggest attractions, other than the ice rink, is the world's largest nativity scene. It is so huge that it has to be built outside of the city. There are displays of 57 different Biblical scenes that use 5,000 separate figures and take up 65,000 feet of space.

People who are traveling for work and will be in other countries for the holidays can make calls to Mexico with international phone cards to hear about their families time in Mexico City, whether they went ice skating or toured the giant nativity scene.

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