Museo Nacional plans festival with a Christmas theme Dec. 11

The Museo Nacional plans a Christmas festival Dec. 11, and the event includes the blessing of the museum’s portal or nativity scene.

There also are workshops to create Yule decorations, choruses, the San José municipal band, and drama presentations. The event is designed for families and is free, although there are small charges for the optional workshops and the holiday food. The event begins at 9 a.m. and runs all day.

The Concordia Coral from the Instituto Pro Música under the direction of Darlene Palmer will close the event at 2 p.m. with traditional Spanish Christmas carols or villancicos.

The blessing of the nativity scene will be at 9 a.m., and the Rev. Carlos Humberto Rojas is scheduled to preside.

The life-size statues are on loan from the San Vicente de Paul sisters of charity and are valuable antiques, said the museum. They are more than 100 years old.

They will be on display through January.

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