Public holidays and festivals
Chile Public Holidays (see below for festivals)
|New Year's Day
|Don't miss the fantastic fireworks display in and around Valparaiso.
|Public holiday with the largest number of shops and services closed!
|Commemorates the Battle of Iquique in 1879. The President also gives his annual speech to Congress
|Saint Peter and Saint Paul
|Virgen of Mount Carmel
|ChileÂ´s patron saint.
|Assumption of Mary
|Celebrates the first Government Junta convened in 1810.
|Armed Forces Day
|Parades held in all cities, with the largest in Parque O'Higgins in Santiago (televised).
|Columbus Day (Discovery of America)
|Day of the Evangelical and Protestant Churches
|All Saints Day
|Banks and other financial institutions are closed. Most other workers finish earlier than normal.
Many Chilean towns and cities have one (and sometimes more!) festivals to celebrate historic, cultural, gastronomic or other local speciality. Below is a list of some of the most famous ones, but check our events page for exact dates.
|Fiesta Tapati de Rapa Nui
|San Miguel de Azapa, Putre y Socoroma (Arica)
|Fuerza del Sol Carnival
|Grape harvest festival
|Mapuche New Year
|Festival of San Pedro
|La Tirana (Iquique)
|Fiesta de La Tirana
|Festival of the Virgen of Andacollo