Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Fantastic Christmas Lights of Medellín

Turning the city into a colorful, magical, twinkling fairyland

Alumbrados Navideños sobre el Río Medellí
Turning the city into a colorful, magical, twinkling fairyland
Christmas time is truly a magical time. In almost every corner of the world, different types of celebrations for the Christmas season are held annually. In most cities and towns, holiday decorations include giant Christmas trees decorated in different themes. Trees and shrubs are wrapped and covered in tiny Christmas lights, lampposts, houses and building display Christmas lanterns, wreaths and other holiday decorations. Big shopping malls hire decorators to create colorful themed store displays.

In the beautiful city of Medellín, in the South American country of Colombia, the Los Alumbrados de Medellín or the Medellín Christmas Lights in Spanish is hosted from the 7th of December until the 15th of January. Eighteen million LED lights. A myriad of colors. Giant 3D structures. These are what you will see in Medellín in December.
The event is world-renown and brings in hordes of tourists to the city. It is an event that marks the unofficial start of the Christmas season in Colombia. It is a spectacular event that turns the whole city of Medellín into a varicolored nighttime jewel.

Butterfly Lights
Los Alumbrados is not only done in Medellín but in the whole country. Colombians are very passionate about this event, which turns each city, each building, every house and streets into one very colorful and brightly lit Christmas display of massive proportions. Even when times are tough, the Christmas season will not be complete without the Los Alumbrados. City halls in Colombia offer prizes to houses that have the best alumbrados displays.

Center of it all
While Los Alumbrados is observed in the whole country, the focus of the celebration is in Medellín, centered around the area near Rio Medellín, at Puente de Guayaquil, which translates to Guayaquil Bridge. Built in 1878, it is the oldest standing bridge across the Medellín River. This is where the Christmas lights of Medellín are the most impressive.

Theme: Nature, Light and Life
The Alumbrados in Medellín is the most beautiful, the biggest and the brightest of all Alumbrados in the country. Each year has a different and specially designed theme. Trees, plants, buildings, the bridge, huge 3D figures, exquisite images and designs are covered in LED lights turning the whole area into a glowing display in various colors. Included in the theme are the best representative figures for each region in Colombia. The project is such a grand scale that an industry grew out of it for the design, creation and installation of millions of Christmas lights. These lights are later sold to Europe and other South American countries after they have been used. This year 2012, the theme is Nature, Light and Life.

Where to enjoy the lights
To fully enjoy the whole spectacle, start your walk from Parque de los Pies Descalzos, a beautiful park in the center of the city and head towards the side of the river. After making a tour around the huge display area, you could go up the Cerro Nutibara, a small hill near the city that could be accessed on foot, by car or by bus. The hill is also decorated, not as grand as the lights near the river but equally impressive. Up on the hill you will get a spectacular view of the city and more appreciation for the beauty of the Los Alumbrados de Medellín.

by: Bernadiine B. Racoma
Editor, Day Translations, Inc.
“The most accurate translations on the planet!”

Photo Credits:
- Alumbrados Navideños sobre el Río Medellín 2006
- Butterfly lights


Unknown said...

The all posts are great.The color combination are great.After seeing all the posts i am fully exited to know deeply about this.Can you post some more blogs like that.Thanks for the post.I am waiting for your new post.
Warning Led lights

Alex said...

Love to read from start to end … you have good information I really like that also your work is appreciative thank you for sharing it with us J

Alex said...

Love to read from start to end … you have good information I really like that also your work is appreciative thank you for sharing it with us J

albina N muro said...

Great info! I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have. check this site out

Admin - Kepala Suku said...

LORONG KATA atau Lorong Kata adalah salah satu website yang dirancang oleh beberapa aktivis dan mahasiswa untuk menuangkan ide-ide publik dalam bentuk fiksi maupun semi-fiksi. Baik dalam konteks sosial, ekonomi, politik, dan olahraga maupun budaya. Asuransi Kendaraan MSIG

steve said...تسليك-مجارى-بالرياض/
و افضل افضل شركة تنظيف بالدمام

شركة شفط بيارات بالرياض
تنظيف بيارات بالرياض

Mona Shaikh said...

Best Video Production Agency
Best Video Production Agency
Best Video Production Agency
Best Video Production Agency
Best Video Production Agency
Best Video Production Agency
Best Video Production Agency
Best Video Production Agency

abc said...

Excellent post shared coupon

IT said...

IEEE Final Year projects Project Centers in Chennai are consistently sought after. Final Year Students Projects take a shot at them to improve their aptitudes, while specialists like the enjoyment in interfering with innovation. For experts, it's an alternate ball game through and through. Smaller than expected IEEE Final Year project centers ground for all fragments of CSE & IT engineers hoping to assemble. Final Year Projects for CSE It gives you tips and rules that is progressively critical to consider while choosing any final year project point.

Spring Framework has already made serious inroads as an integrated technology stack for building user-facing applications. Spring Framework Corporate TRaining the authors explore the idea of using Java in Big Data platforms.
Specifically, Spring Framework provides various tasks are geared around preparing data for further analysis and visualization. Spring Training in Chennai

The Angular Training covers a wide range of topics including Components, Angular Directives, Angular Services, Pipes, security fundamentals, Routing, and Angular programmability. The new Angular TRaining will lay the foundation you need to specialise in Single Page Application developer. Angular Training

Ayesha said...

Susan said...

Wondering where to go in 2019? Things to do has ranked as the best include a remote, idyllic island, the design capital ...