Kids love the magic of Christmas. So, look for a destination that will make the ride even more enchanting at this time of year. Check out 5 destinations:
1. Christmas light – Gramado (RS)
The city is one of the most invested in cultural programming at this time of year, and for the season, more than 500 activities are planned. Among the must-see attractions are the pyrotechnic show at Lake Joaquina Rita Bier, the Christmas parade with a parade of floats and the play “Christmas for the World”. The program also features the free lights turn-on show. Each attraction costs from $ 140 (adult). Children up to 4 years old are free. From 5 to 12 years old they pay half. Information:
2. Noeland – Holambra (SP)
The biggest indoor Christmas scene in Brazil is located in an area of 1,500 m2, in Parque Expoflora, in Holambra, in the interior of São Paulo. Called Noeland, visitors will be able to skate on the ice, watch musicals and Christmas parades with floats, mechatronics, characters and dancers. The place counts on more than 300 decorated trees and a Santa Claus of 5 meters of height. There is also a food court, picnic area, craft fair and gift shops. Tickets cost R $ 50 (adult), R $ 25 (Children 5 to 11 years). Children up to 4 years old are free.
3. Vila de Natal – Campos do Jordão (SP)
As the Serra da Mantiqueira is one of the highest in Brazil, Campos do Jordão has a pleasant temperature to escape from the heat, typical of this time of year, in addition to a lovely Christmas atmosphere. The main event of the special program is the Natal Village of Campos do Jordão. The Pinho Bravo square is taken by free concerts, has decorated chalets, animatronic dolls, Santa’s House and other attractions.
4. Official Santa Claus House – Penedo (RJ)
between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, has received influence from Finnish immigrants and reproduces some customs of the Nordic country, among them the Official House of Santa Claus. The place is open all year round, but in December, the good old man is present. Located in a village full of handicrafts and candy shops called Little Finland, it is the only branch of Finland’s Santa Claus House in the Southern Hemisphere, and even has a hundred-year-old sleigh brought from Lapland.
5. Christmas Lights – Socorro (SP)
With a proposal for social, environmental and economic preservation, Luzes de Natal, from Socorro – which is also in Serra da Mantiqueira – has more than 500,000 pet bottles donated by residents and partners of the action who, manipulated with creativity, become in flowers, garlands, bells, candles, angels, walking sticks, boots, harps, stars and balls that decorate the entire city center. In the municipal garden is located Santa’s House, where you can meet with the good old man. The event also features a program that includes choirs, bands and artist shows. All attractions are free.