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Christmas in Costa Rica

The Perfect Costa Rican Christmas in 10 Easy Steps

Our guide to the definitive Costa Rican Christmas.

Costa Rica Christmas and New Year’s Expressions

A visit to Costa during the Christmas holidays can you tell you a lot about Costa Rican culture and people.

Celebrating an Ethnic Christmas

Moving from one country to another and from one culture to another means a double set of traditions to consider. Accepting new customs doesn’t mean...

A Costa Rica Christmas: Nativity Scenes, Fireworks, Tamales and Shouting

What is it that makes us follow old customs year after year, even with so many new appealing ideas in the market? Why do...

Throwback: The Festival de la Luz in San José

There is no Festival of Lights in 2020, so we hold onto memories of years past with the hope that we may celebrate again in 2021. 

PHOTOS: The 2019 Festival de la Luz in San José

Thousands of Ticos gathered to watch lively performers, synchronized marching bands and decorative floats parade down the city's main avenue.

What’s open, closed during the holidays

A rundown of the hours of banks and other key services over the holidays.

Delicious eats for your holiday celebrations

A few of our favorite holiday events and eats this year.

PHOTOS: Christmas 2015

A few of our favorite images from this year's holiday season in Costa Rica. Merry Christmas!

Holidays in Costa Rica: Baby Jesus is more popular than Santa Claus

Despite all of the marketing efforts to make Santa Claus the star of Christmas in Costa Rica, 39 percent of Tico parents polled in a survey last month said they tell their children that Baby Jesus, known in Spanish as El Niño or El Niñito, is the one who brings gifts on Christmas Eve.

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