Christmas in Panama with touches of Disney

The elaborate floats are a huge draw at the city’s Christmas parade.

The elaborate floats are a huge draw at the city’s Christmas parade.

Because of an overwhelming Roman Catholic influence, December in Panama is closely linked to Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. As a great melting pot of culture, however, Panama has taken on many traditions from other countries.

Christmas seems to have started in November. As the national celebration of “Fiestas Patrias” concluded, Christmas lights began appearing throughout the city, adorning it with multicolored displays. With many taking advantage of Black Friday to do their Holiday shopping, Panamanian families now have more time to enjoy the many events held throughout December.

Concert and lighting of the Christmas tree

Monday, December 8 is a special day for many Panamanians when, in honor of the Immaculate Conception, Mothers’ Day is celebrated. To mark the occasion, Panama City’s Mayor’s Office will present a musical extravaganza courtesy of the National Symphony Orchestra, interpreting famous songs from the Disney repertoire. In attendance will be the iconic characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto.

The magic of Disney will complement the Christmas celebrations.

The magic of Disney will complement the Christmas celebrations.

At the event, the city’s Christmas tree will be lit followed by a fireworks show. The event is free and will be held on the Cinta Costera starting at 7 p.m. The concert will last approximately 90 minutes.

Traditional Christmas Parade of the Mayor’s Office

This year’s traditional Christmas parade will include famous Disney characters, floats, clowns and a fireworks show and many more attractions for the entertainment of children.

It will be the first public performance in Panama of the original Disney characters. The event takes place Sunday, December 14 starting at 3 p.m. at the Rommel Fernandez stadium and ending at the Heliodoro Patiño park.

In all of Latin America, this type of official Disney event has only been staged in Brazil and Mexico. Panama will be the first country in Central America to enjoy a special visit from Mickey and his friends.

visitor20-48_Page_13_Image_0002Disney on Ice

The “100 Years of the Magic of Disney” comes to Panama Tuesday, December 2 to Sunday, December 7 at the Roberto Durán arena. A show that combines elegance and athleticism, “Disney on Ice” will bring the excitement of the theme parks to local audiences.

The creative efforts of the ice-skaters in the roles of iconic Disney characters will delight spectators along with a phenomenal light show and amazing choreography. Prices range from $9 to $40, depending on the proximity to the stage. They are available through Panatickets.com and TicketCenter.

Carols by Candlelight

Students from King’s College performing at Carols by Candlelight.

Students from King’s College performing at Carols by Candlelight.

This year, the CanadaPLUS Club’s annual event will take place at the Amphitheater at the Cinta Costera’s Mirador Del Pacifico on Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Música Viva will make its first appearance, accompanied by six other choirs in a performance lasting two hours with the public invited to participate in the singing of selected carols.

An illustrated songbook with Christmas carols in Spanish and English is available at the Felipe Motta stores, Crepes and Waffles (Marbella and Albrook Mall), Chalet Suizo / 1985 Restaurant, El Rincón Alemán and New York Bagels. Though the concert is free, money raised through the purchase of LED candles will go to support the Hospital Santo Tomas. Candles are priced at $5 and $10. To order, call Tel: 6619-6890 or write CarolsPanama5@gmail.com.

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