Christmas in Gramado, surprising and lovely

I spent more than 40 days in Canela and luckily during the commemorative dates from the end of the year, I could get to know Christmas in Gramado e Canela, especially the famous Natal Lz (free traduction – Christmas Light) in the first city, simply surprising and enchanting.

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 This experience happened at the beginning of my motorcycle trip, where I passed through southern Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, in that order.

city-of-Gramado
city ​​of Gramado

 I stayed this entire time in the region because I got a volunteer job at Worldpacker.

Who am I?

Before I continue, let me introduce myself.

I’m Rodrigo Schmiegelow, an advertiser specializing in Digital Marketing, today I live as a Digital Nomad, in other words, that I have geographic freedom and can work from anywhere in the world.

I started a trip around the world to get to know places, cultures and regional cuisines and I will bring great surprises from these experiences.

Follow the Project O Mundo em Lanches (The world in sandwiches) blog on Instagram, follow all the news and this new journey with the rescue of the motorcycle.

Returning to the topic of the publication.

An open-air spectacle, Christmas in Gramado enchants because of its details.

 What surprised me the most about Gramado?

The city of Gramado in Serra Gaúcha knows very well how to work experience tourism, creating or appropriating seasonal dates where it has always become a reference.

I was there at the end of the year and as I’ve already said a few times at the beginning of the text, I was very surprised with Christmas in Gramado and Canela.

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beauties of Gramado

In addition to super especial date, Gramado is also known for other events throughout the year:

 > Starting with Easter – with its Western European style, the city is home to some of the country’s main chocolate factories, so Easter could not be left out of Gramado’s highlights – it takes place between March and May

 > In the month of July, there is Gramado in Concert – the city’s famous street becomes a stage for classical music and also offers an opportunity for young musicians from Brazil to perform

 > The Famous Gramado Film Festival takes place in August – actresses, actors, directors and entities of Brazilian and foreign cinema meet at the events of the Gramado Film Festival

 > Next comes the Culture and Gastronomy Festival, which takes place in September

 > To celebrate the beginning of spring, just after the previous festival, the Festa da Colônia (free traduction – Colony Festival) begins, from the end of September to the beginning of October, celebrating the German immigration that shaped the region

 > Ending the busy year, from the end of October, the famous Natal Luz begins

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About Natal Luz

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Hard Rock with Christmas decoration

Celebrated for almost 4 decades, this party starts in October with different attractions around the city, most of them free.

I was there at the age of my 30s and when they asked me to leave Canela and visit Christmas in Gramado, I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal.

I was very wrong.  The enchantment started in the streets of the cities.  Every detail seems very well thought, the streets are all lit up with Christmas lights, Christmas elements on every corner, objectives of this type also every 100 meters along the sidewalk.

Houses, shops and squares all filled with Christmas lights.

Damn!  That’s because I hadn’t even seen the show that took place in the library next to the rua coberta (free traduction- covered street).  All the city lights went out seconds before and the show started with playing with these lights, suddenly a theatrical spectacle took place with goblins and Santa Claus, on the library verandas in German style, western European wooden.

I looked around and saw the attention of children and adults who barely blinked as the show went on. Magic.

And that’s because it was the free Natal Liz, there’s a paid version that I couldn’t go, because of price.

To know more abou it, visit the official website and see all the attractions of the next edition and ticket prices on this link here.

My feeling at Christmas in Gramado

Besides all the charm, I think what upsets me is being away from my family on this special date.

It was the first time in my life that I spent a Christmas without being with my mother, siblings, grandparents, uncles and family.

The experience doesn’t make up for the lack, but it was worth it and it’s possible to enjoy it without giving up the familiar warmth since it takes place for two whole months.

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