Sorry, Burl Ives. There’s no point even dreaming of a white Christmas in São Paulo. December is summertime in the southern hemisphere and temperatures rarely dip below 70, let alone freezing. That said Sampa serves up a spectrum of other colors for the holiday.
The city kicks of the Christmas season at 8:30 p.m. Sunday with the lighting of the 220-foot arvore de Natal at Ibirapuera park. The tree, as tall as a 22-story building, cuts an impressive profile—refulgent with reds, yellows, blues and, of course, greens—in São Paulo’s night sky. The illumination ceremony includes fireworks and a concert by Pato Fu, a rock band from Minas Gerais state.
Across the street, the water-and-light show at the fonte multimedia do Ibirapuera begins its bi-nightly spectacles on Dec. 11. The 30-minute exhibitions, featuring mini-geysers and 200 trees glowing around the lake, start at 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. every night through Jan. 6.
Elsewhere around the metropolis, noel is going on display with dozens of family-friendly activities available daily. The municipal government published a list of São Paulo’s principal Xmas attractions on its website.
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