Updated on March 30, 2013Christmas of Light (Natal Luz) turns Gramado, in Rio Grande do Sul, into a Christmas Wonderland starting in November every year.
Christmas of Light top attractions include the Nativitaten - a musical dramatization of the meaning of Christmas with pirotecnics and lights - a Christmas Village, a night parade and the Tree Lighting Show every evening.
During the 60 days of the event, Gramado (pop. 31,652) receives about 700,000 visitors. Even though Christmas of Light ranks first in Brazil in association with Rio Grande do Sul, you'll still be a pioneer of sorts if you choose to enjoy one of the most attractive cities in all of Brazil between November and January. According to the results of a survey recently released by Christmas of Light organizers, only 0.9% of visitors come from outside Brazil.
Christmas of Light History
Eleazar de Carvalho (1912-1996), one of Brazil's great conductors, opened the first Christmas of Light in 1986 with a musical concert in Gramado.
Over the years, the event has engaged local residents in an ever growing degree. More than 2,000 people are directly involved in preparations, and volunteer work is a major part of Christmas of Light, considered one of the most organized events in Brazil.
The event has an environement-friendly character, too. Most of the decorations are manufactured using recycled soda bottles which are collected year round at Gramado schools, with prizes for the greatest amount collected. Decorations are reused the next year.
Christmas of Light 2013
Christmas of Light 2013 will be from Nov.1, 2013 - Jan.12, 2014. Keep up with updates on the Natal Luz website and plan on making ticket and hotel reservations as soon as ticket sales are available, usually at least six months before the start of the event.
Find out more about Christmas of Light's Top Attractions.
Where to Stay in Gramado
Browse the Gramado Hotel Guide. Booking in July, when the new edition of the festival is launched every year, is essential,especially if you'd like to visit town during Christmas and New Year's Eve.
You can also book a hotel in neighboring Canela.
How to Get to Gramado
Gramado is located just 135 kilometers (83 miles) from Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. The route is RS-115, a road with very good driving conditions. If you would like to rent a car in Porto Alegre and drive, download a road map.
Alternatively, you can take a bus from the Porto Alegre Terminal (phone 55-51-3210-0101).