celebrate New Year's Eve in Chile,
special dishes, usually including
lentils and twelve grapes to
symbolise each month of the year,
are prepared in every home and
family celebrations usually last
until midnight, then some may
disperse to continue partying with
friends until dawn. In Chile's
capital Santiago, thousands of
people gather at the Entel Tower
hours before to watch the countdown
to midnight and a fireworks display.
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are several fireworks shows, most
notably the "Año Nuevo en el Mar" in
Valparaiso, Chile's second city,
which is generally the most popular,
with 1,000,000 viewers. However,
from the year 2000, the sale of
fireworks to individuals has been
illegal, meaning fireworks can now
only be observed at major displays.
Santiago is the industrial and
financial center of Chile, and
generates 45% of the country's GDP.
Some international institutions,
such as ECLAC (Economic Commission
for Latin America and the
Caribbean), have their offices in
Santiago. Currently under
construction is the Costanera
Center, a mega project in Santiago's
Santiago is Chile's retail capital.
Falabella, Paris, Mega Johnsons,
Ripley, La Polar and several other
department stores dot the mall
landscape of Chile. The east side
neighborhoods like Vitacura, La
Dehesa, and Las Condes are home to
Santiago's swanky Alonso de Cordova
street and malls like Parque Arauco
and Alto Las Condes, all known for
their luxurious shopping scene.
Alonso de Cordova is Santiago's
equivalent to Rodeo Drive or Rua
Oscar Freire in São Paulo, with
exclusive stores like Louis Vuitton,
Hermes, Emporio Armani, Salvatore
Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna,
MaxMara, Longchamp, and many more
stores that carry exclusive brands.
Alonso de Cordova also houses some
of Santiago's most famous
restaurants, art galleries, wine
showrooms and furniture stores.
There are also plans for a Saks
Fifth Avenue in Santiago. For a more
bohemian scene there are several
mercados in the city that sell local
goods and Bellavista where some of
the most exclusive night clubs and
chic cafes are located.