São Paulo Christmas Programming

On December the city of São Paulo gradually becomes more colorful and illuminated.
In addition to the traditional decorations of the shopping malls, residences and lighted streets, the city has interesting options for those who enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
Children are the ones who enjoy the atmosphere, but many adults have fun with the feast climate that permeates the city.

Ibirapuera Park
The amazing decoration of Ibirapuera Park attracts tourists, adults and children and is a must see place!
Is included illuminated tree and presentations with projections of images and musical themes that take place every day until January 6 at 8:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Projections are thrilling and real spectacles, but to enjoy the presentation try to go on midweek, because the presentation is only possible to see in front of the projector, on the opposite side of the lake, with your back to the avenue!
On weekends it gets very crowded and to get a good place needs to arrive well in advance.
The soundtrack is exciting, composed of songs of varied styles and the sequence of images is breathtaking, the show lasts 15 minutes but is enough to enchant adults and children.

There is also the Coca-Cola illuminated Caravans parade that has the final destination the Ibirapuera Park and only happens on weekends until December 17. Check the route and dates.

Ibirapuera Gymnasium
The Ibirapuera Gymnasium invites everyone to rediscover forgotten values, the rescue of the family, love, forgiveness and to live one of the greatest Christian traditions: the birth of Jesus, who renews us every year with hope and love.
There are presentations of music, dance, circus arts and a myriad of attractions for children and adults, with Christmas tales, cinema, Enchanted Forest and Santa Claus.
Check the schedule.

Paulista Avenue
Shopping Center 3 presents a decoration to celebrate its “50 Christmas”, as well as musical performances at lunch and in the evening. Check the schedule in our post.

The São Luís Gonzaga Church, from December 16, begins the Illuminated Christmas with Christmas lighting and events with musical presentations. Check the schedule.

Nativity Scenes
It is worth to visit the traditional exhibitions of Nativity Scenes, with pieces made in different materials and coming from different countries and regions of Brazil.
For those who enjoy art, it is an excellent opportunity to appreciate the different approaches and different proposals given to Nativity Scenes.

São Bento Monastery
Nativity Scenes of São Bento Monastery in the historical center of São Paulo with more than 30 sets that can be checked until the end of the year.
The visitation is free and can be done from Monday to Friday, from 8am to 5pm; on Saturdays from 8 am to noon; on Sundays, from 11:20am to noon.
Largo São Bento.

28th Franciscan Nativity Scenes Exhibition – São Francisco Sanctuary
The traditional Franciscan Nativity Scene Exhibition in the São Francisco Sanctuary, that began on December 3, has a collection of Nativity Scenes from many parts of the world. The visit is free and many Nativity Scenes made with paper, wood, vegetal bush, clay, terracotta, ceramics, fabric, crockery are exposed. The exhibition runs until January 7 at 133, Largo São Francisco.
From Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8am to 1pm

Sacred Art Museum
The MAS Room in the Tiradentes Subway Station presents the exhibition Craftsmen and Their Nativity Scenes, made from different materials, such as corn straw, clay and wire, tree bark and etc. From Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
If you are in the subway, it is worth to enjoy the exhibition that is inside the station.

The Sacred Art Museum presents the Esperança exhibition, showing versions of different artists from different origins like Japanese, Mexican, South American, French, African, Brazilian and Italian Nativity Scenes. The exhibition runs until January 6th, check on website.

Do not forget to visit the Neapolitan Nativity Scene that is permanently exhibited in the adjoining room of Sacred Art Museum, the Nativity Scene was a donation of Ciccillo Matarazzo and portrays the daily life of a Neapolitan village composed of more than 1,600 pieces. At each look you discover a detail, impossible not to be enchanted!
Although the exhibition is permanent, many people do not know it yet!
The Museum offers 2 daily visits: From 10am to 11am and from 2pm to 3pm
Sacred Art Museum
676, Tiradentes Avenue
From Tuesday to Sunday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: BRL 6.00
Saturday: free


At 3pm
Paulistano Choir at São Bento Monastery

12/12 – Christmas Concert with Paulistano Choir
At 8 pm – Conservatory Room
Arts Square
Tickets: BRL 20.00

12/18 – Christmas Concert with Paulistano Choir
5pm – Staircase of Theatro Municipal de São Paulo

12/22 – Christmas Concert with Lyrical Choir and Municipal Symphony Orchestra
8pm – Theatro Municipal de São Paulo
Tickets: BRL 35.00

From 12/13 to 12/16
Banco do Brasil Cultural Center
Presentation of Coral La Capella Divina
12:30pm and 6pm

São Bento Monastery
Coro d’A Capella – Christmas Presentation


Spend some money while help NGOs in benefits of animals.
There are footwear, fitness fashion, intimate fashion, costume jewelry, accessories, handicrafts, natural products, household utensils, cosmetics of various brands, women’s and men’s clothing, handbags and Christmas items.
Hours: 11am – 7pm
Location: Quintal da Bela, 954, Bela Cintra Street, Consolação, São Paulo.