El Paseo Navideño de las Flores marks the first Christmas celebration at the new La Plancha park beginning on Saturday. The Christmas-themed flower path includes floral topiaries resembling bears, dogs, reindeer and other animals.
Flower paths have been a growing tradition in Mérida since 2017, but this is the first time it has had such a spacious platform: The freshly inaugurated Parque La Plancha.
State workers have been placing hundreds of 30,000 planted flowers by the 50-meter-high flagpole, while on the concrete elevated walkway, a nativity scene and other holiday-themed vignettes are ready for your Instagram page. A Christmas several meters high is adorned with silver, red, and gold ornaments and topped with a star.
Already visible is a reindeer flower sculpture appearing to pull a red sleigh.
True to the park’s railroad heritage, one of the restored trains on display appears to have a penguin as an engineer with a gingerbread man as a passenger. In one of the cars is space for visitors to get on and take pictures.
The 2023 Christmas Flower Walk (El Paseo Navideño de las Flores) runs through Jan. 6 and is open and free to the public from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.