The Gramado Natal Luz | A Christmas festival in Brazil

Posted by on December 9, 2012

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It’s December, the days are getting longer, the weather gets warmer and this can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming! Of course only if we are on the other side of the world, like in Brazil. Christmas is not only warm but if you wish you can celebrate Christmas throughout the month and beyond. From November 1 to January 13 to be precise if you are at Gramado. In fact, this year’s Christmas in this small town of Rio, which is self proclaimed capital of the world, is celebrated as the longest Christmas in the world.

Angels of music

Angels of music

Holy Lights

Holy Lights

Christmas

Christmas

The festival Gramado Natal Luz comes from a concert by candlelight, a single candle which took place 27 years ago. From that single event given the positive response in terms of attendance the city of Gramado has seen fit to add more and more events, year after year, until it got to the 70 days of events this year. The longest but also the most extravagant festivals of its kind. Among the many events that take place daily one of the main is the Nativitaten. It’s a show that takes place in the middle of a lake, floating. This performance combines the work of the circus and fireworks. The crowd always gets astonished during this event. No fear of missing the show as it repeats 21 times.

Nativitaten

Nativitaten

Nativitaten event

Nativitaten event

Another popular event during Christmas is Tannenbaumfest. It is a competition in which local firms compete in decorating Christmas trees along the main avenue of Gramado. The competitors employ a wide variety of Christmas themes in an attempt to impress the judges of the competition and eventually the trees will remain on display for the duration of the festival.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Big Santa Claus

Big Santa Claus

The easiest way to get to Gramado from Rio de Janeiro is to fly to Porto Alegre and from there travel for two hours on a bus up to Gramado.

Brazil photos: Gabriel Amaral, Franscisco Almeida, Fernando Cavalcanti, Rene Mauro.

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