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Mérida’s Christmas caravans a big hit with children of all ages

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During its first night, the festive caravan was very well attended, but attendees are reported to have done a good job of maintaining social distancing. Photo: Mérida Ministry of Culture

To help contain the spread of COVID-19, Mérida has opted to limit the number of Christmas events it is hosting this year for the city’s children.

The municipal government has set up a festive caravan to spread holidays across the city to make up for the shortfall. 

The mobile shows began Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will continue touring until Saturday, but the schedule may be prolonged if demand grows. 

Tweet by Mérida’s Ministry of Culture announcing the details of the holiday caravan.

Also making appearances are well-known local children’s entertainers like Morita and Pope Pope and comedians such as Dzereco and Nohoch. 

Earlier: Mérida decks the halls in time for Christmas

The caravans feature holiday characters, including the Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Workshop Elves, and of course, Santa Clause himself. Photo: Mérida Ministry of Culture

The city also announced a series of Christmas shows at Parque de las Américas on Dec. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

“It is very important that we do everything we can to make this holiday as special as we can for our city’s children. But we must not let down our guard, so we are implementing strict social distancing and mask-wearing protocols, as well as limiting the number of attendees every night,” said Irving Berlin Villafaña, director of Mérida’s Ministry of Culture. 

Mérida is well known for going all out at Christmas. Before the outbreak of the pandemic, several city-sponsored Christmas-themed events were held across town just about every day, starting on the first week of December. 

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