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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. 

Costa Rica cancels its biggest year-end parade due to pandemic

Costa Rica’s Festival de la Luz, a holiday parade through the heart of San José, typically fills the capital with holiday spirit. But not this year.

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.

Pic of the Day: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Costa Rica

The country’s biggest holiday celebration, the Festival de la Luz, or Festival of Lights, started in 1996.

Festival de la Luz parades through San José

Costa Rica’s Festival de la Luz, a holiday parade through the heart of San José, filled the capital with holiday spirit on Saturday. Here are our favorite photos from the event.

Costa Rica’s capital is ready for holiday celebrations

Christmas and year-end celebrations in Costa Rica involve activities all across the country, but some of the most popular events take place in San José.

VIDEO: Fans weather rain to celebrate Festival de la Luz

Spectators numbered in the thousands, crowding the sidewalks for miles.

Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica

A roundup of events taking place Dec. 12 – 18.

Traffic Police to launch roadway checkpoints during pre-holiday season

A total of 386 checkpoints throughout the country are part of a Traffic Police effort to prevent accidents before and during the holidays. Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón said that operations would begin this week and target the busiest roads in the Central Valley, where traffic jams usually occur while people are out doing holiday shopping.

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