Festival de Luces: Villa de Leyva

The Festival of Lights is a magical festival in a magical town! The night of December 7th is one of the most important of the season in Colombia. The Day of the Candles(dia de las velitas) is marked by people from Villa de Leyva and all throughout the country lighting a candle or setting lanterns and lights on the streets, sidewalks, plazas, parks and squares for all to see. This follows the Catholic Church’s celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. On the following day-December 8th there is a fireworks competition and celebration that is judged. The town’s setting in the midst of the desert and with its whitewashed walls makes this a stunning event.