Tree lighting at children’s hospital is scheduled for tonight

Another holiday tradition will have an effect on downtown traffic again today. Officials at the Hospital Nacional de Niños will be lighting the giant live evergreen on the north lawn at 6 p.m. There are some 22,000 lights hung on the tree.

In anticipation of the crowds, traffic police will be reducing the flow on Paseo Colón that runs along the north side of the hospital and on Calle 20 on the west side.

The tree lighting is a tradition, and hospitalized children will be able to see the event and the accompanying performances from the balconies of the hospital.

Traffic also faced delays Wednesday. The Museo Nacional de Niños put on the annual lighting of its facade, and traffic on Avenidas 9, 7 and five were subject to delays and Calle 4 was closed off for pedestrians.

Fireworks burst over the Museo de los Niños Wednesday.

Fireworks burst over the Museo de los Niños Wednesday.

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