Organizers of San José Ciudad Luz are promising Christmas lighting and activities in the downtown on a scale never seen previously.
The full outline of the project will be given Wednesday, but an advance summary promises a treat for the eyes, the ears and the souls of Costa Ricans. Organizers, which include the Club Unión, said that one of the goals is to rescue the Christmas values and customs. They also promise angels flying in the air and other displays new and magical.
Each year the Municipalidad de San José organizes music and other events along the pedestrian walkway that used to be Avenida Central. The goal is to increase the number of shoppers downtown, and the yearly effort always appears to be successful.
Club Unión is in the center of the city just east of the Correos de Costa Rica main post office. Many of the members are in business.
Another of the organizers is Anayanci Quirós Arce, who is director of the Opera de Cámara de Costa Rica and a noted soprano. Also listed is Aleyda Bonilla, a commercial real estate broker.
Even without this project, Christmas is magical in Costa Rica, a predominately Christian country where Catholicism is the official religion. Plus residents have more than 1,000 years of Christmas traditions imported from Spain and the rest of Europe. Governments are actively involved in the celebration, and most workers get a substantial Christmas bonus and at least a week’s vacation between Christmas and New Year’s. Christmas is on a Wednesday this year, so the period from Dec. 20 until Jan. 6 will be dedicated to the holiday.
There also is the Fiestas de San José in Zapote that include carnival rides, food, the unique Costa Rican bull fighting and plenty of cheer.