Holiday will begin in earnest this week with free events

Wednesday is the Museo de los Niños illumination. The fiesta at the museum will start at 4:30 p.m. The museum said that it expected 12,000 to see the show, which is designed for children. The museum staff will turn on the lights that bathe the facade, and fireworks are planned. Area police are blocking off downtown streets so that pedestrians will have a safe and easy hike to the museum, the former national prison.
Motorists would be advised to find another route instead of traveling on avenidas 5, 7 and 9.

Thursday is the tree lighting at the Hospital de Niños in San José. The festival begins at 6 p.m. when dusk falls. The tall, live evergreen holds more than 25,000 bulbs.

Teatro Melico Salazar also will have its doors open for passers-by Thursday and Friday. This is the first year for a celebration at the theater north of Parque Central. The series of events is called Navidad en el Melico.

The theater will have Christmas programs each Thursday and Friday through Dec. 13. They start at 4 p.m. Planned are choruses, Christmas stories, distribution of the traditional tamales and movies. The event is free. The theater staff has decorated its facade for the occasions.

Friday also is when the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz will turn on the holiday lighting all over town and in other communities. That event is at 6 p.m. at Parque Central.

And Saturday is the Festival de la Luz Nicoya Brilla that begins at noon with an evening parade. Nicoya also will be celebrating its 165th anniversary as a canton.

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