Costa Rica Celebrates Christmas

If you find yourself travelling to Costa Rica during December, you’ll be able to take part in one of the most exciting times of the year!  You won't find any snow around, but there are plenty of Christmas celebrations, light festivals, and lots of their traditional tamales!  

The country’s official traditions begin in December, starting with the beautiful Festival of Lights, transitioning to the fun-filled Zapote Festival, leading on to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and culminating with street parades, horse shows, live music and dancing. It is a season to be merry, visit family and take advantage of extra vacation time and the legally required year-end bonus, called the aguinaldo, roughly an extra full month’s salary.  For some ideas of what do during Christmas, click here.