Christmas in Costa Rica
Navidad en Costa Rica
By Eryn Akin and Journey Spyres
A model of the nativity scene, called the Pasito or Portal, is the center of the display.
The Christmas season continues through the rest of December with fiestas, parades, rodeos, choral and dance festivals, street fairs and bull runs. The highlights of these fiestas include a horseback parade, known as the El Tope, on December 26, and another parade called Carnaval Nacional featuring dance ensembles and floats along the main streets on December 27. It all comes to an end on the sixth of January, when the three wise men are said to have greeted baby Jesus.