Christmas in Curitiba
There’s a good reason why people are calling Curitiba the Christmas capital. There are so many events happening for the holidays that a website has been set up to provide all the details: http://www.natalcuritiba.com.br.
According to organizers, this year’s festivities will be the biggest ever. The numerous holiday activities are providing tourists with an entertaining destination for Christmas as well as fun activities enjoyed by families in Curitiba.
Curitiba’s most famous Christmas concert, the Avenida Palácio Children’s Choir, returns with their presentation “Come Dream With Us”. The traditional presentation can be seen on nine separate evenings. The first show was held on November 30 and the shows continue each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 8:15 pm until the16th of December. The choir is comprised of 160 children.
Certainly the brightest exhibition in Curitiba will be the “Gallery of Light” created by the Italian company Studio Festi. The illuminated arches are formed by 50,000 colored bulbs and was first seen in 2012. This year it will return to illuminate the Rua XV de Novembro promenade from December 4 to 20 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. In front of the Gallery of Light will be a presentation entitled “About Angels and Light” that can be seen on the 4th, 5th, 6th, 18th, 19th and 20th of December.
The Liberty Palace (Paço da Liberdade), meanwhile, will host special presentations throughout December. On certain afternoons, there will be violin and piano music played from the balcony at noon. On December 11, 12, and 13 at 8:30 pm, the Palace will host a Christmas show with Santa Claus, artists, musicians, acrobats, dancers, and fairies.Claus held a lovely Christmas show at SESC Palace of Lib
In the Batel neighborhood, the Radisson Hotel Christmas Tree known as the “Enchanted Tree” will be decorated and on display beginning December 7 with choral presentations on the 14th, 19th and 21st of December.
The Curitiba Tourism Bus Line will also make special trips to the main holiday attractions during the month of December.
Also on the downtown Christmas Tour are bazaars at Andrade Santos and Praça Osório with Christmas gift items offered in 88 stalls plus numerous food selections representative of other countries. These street fairs already are open to the public and will remain open every day until the 21st of December.
Finally, windows and storefronts throughout the city will be adorned thanks to the Commercial Association of Paraná. The Association will hold a contest and award “best decoration” to three stores from each neighborhood.
For More Information:
The Curitiba Regional and Coastal Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a website especially for the holiday season listing all the events in Curitiba in the month of December. The site lists the entire event agenda with times, dates and locations. Additionally, the website describes city tours, shopping, dining and entertainment, rental cars and transport, lodging, dinner packages, plus news updates on the Christmas attractions.