Costa Rica Festivals – Festival of Lights – San Jose, Costa Rica

This is one of the most awaited celebrations in San Jose, Costa Rica as it officially starts Christmas season, it’s a month long celebration they called the “Festival of Lights” or Festival de la Luz as the locals call it which was celebrated every first week of December.

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People can delight their eyes seeing lighted floats, street dancers and fireworks. The parade starts in the National Gym and ends in Plaza Democracia in San Jose.

• Homes and business are decorated with lights and “Portales” or Nativity Scenes which are all unique and colorful.

• The Best Portales is awarded at the end of the competition which is every 22nd of December.

• Delight your eyes with the parade of jugglers, stilt walkers and cheerleading squads entertaining the crowds of watchers.

• The parade starts at 6pm but you can see people as early as 3pm already looking for the best viewing spot.

• White confetti’s are thrown out just like a snow falling down throughout the parade.

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