Time to mark the calendars for those holiday events

Christmas events will dominate the news as more and more organizations fix the date for their contribution to the holiday season.

The Hospital de Niños said Tuesday that the traditional tree lighting would be Thursday, Dec. 5, at the hospital starting at about 6 p.m. when dusk falls.

Each year the hospital puts on a show, but the real star is the live evergreen tree decked with 25,000 lights. Hundreds of adults and children show up for the annual event, but there also are the sick children in the hospital, and some are well enough to witness the celebration from the balconies of the main building.

The peninsula will have its Festival de la Luz Nicoya Brilla 2013 Dec. 7, a Saturday. Some 15 bands have been invited, including one from Panamá. Nicoya also will be celebrating its 165th anniversary as a canton.

The festival is organized by the Municipalidad de Nicoya. It starts at 10 a.m. with a municipal council meeting. At noon a series of popular bands play, including Souhlinaje, Cabuya y Nicoa 37.

The marching bands start at 3 p.m. with the parade stepping off at 7 p.m. Organizers promise 15 floats.

San Jose’s Festival de la Luz is the next Saturday, Dec. 14. There will be plenty of bands. It will proceed east on Paseo Colón and Avenida Secunda. Organizers say that the Christmas parade attracts up to a million people to San José. There usually is an earlier show in the street for young children.

The San José parade used to be an excuse for underage drinking and misbehaving. But police have stepped up their efforts, and the event has been much less rowdy and nearly crime free.


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