Alumbrados Navideños 2018: The Lights of Medellin

December 18, 2018


Alumbrados Navideños 2018 are on display. Medellin's holiday lights are famous around the world, and for good reason. Here a few reasons why:

  • 26 million lights

  • 35 thousand hand-woven figures

  • 11 tons of 'metallic paper'

  • 4 million viewers total

  • 90 thousand tourist visitors expected

  • Alumbrados Navideños 2018 continues till January 6th 2019.


The lights of Medellin can be viewed at every city park, including in the adjoining cities of Sabaneta, Envigado, Bello, & Girardota. In addition, 16 comunas decorate with lights. Here are pictures from Parque Envigado.

 The Streets of Envigado


Empresas de servicios Publicos de Medellin (EPM) the largest provider of public power in Colombia, and provider also of lights & subsidies for Alumbrados Navideños. (Note: being sensitive to the environment, EPM generates most of its power from hydroelectric sources.)


Also, every metal paper display, figurine, and all signage is crafted new each year. When Alumbrados Navideños ends in January, these items are sold to other towns in Colombia for use the following Holiday season.

 Front entrance, Parque Norte.

 Estacion Universidad on the Metro takes you to Parque Norte, and the best lights in Medellin


 Parque Norte: The best place to see Alumbrados Navideños


For the 51st anniversary of Alumbrados, the theme is "Colombia: 'Paraiso Magico de Luz En Navidad', Magical Paradise of Light at Christmas.


How to see the lights?: Go to Parque Norte, the best spot to view the show. Don't drive! There's no parking, and too many visitors. Instead, hop on El Metro, step off at Estacion Universidad, and cross the street to Parque Norte.

 Los animales are always a great attraction, especially for los niños. 

 There's something for everyone, even cactus lovers!


 The Midway at Parque Norte.

 A pyramid of lights forms a tent which no one can resist entering.

 So we entered...amigos under the lights, amid the mariposas!


 Did I say animals? You can even become supper for a 'crocodilo'!

 More of the mariposas (butterflies) Alumbrados Navideños is truly a magical display in Medellin


In addition to the light show, there are food vendors, an area with artesanal craft items for sale, a strong police presence for security, and much more.



Perhaps the best part is the egalitarian nature of the Alumbrados event itself: Strolling through Parque Norte, and the other amazing venues, people from all over, every income level, every Comuna, and every social status mix and mingle, revealing the true nature of Medellin as a welcoming, vibrant, progressive city. 




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