These festivities actually correspond to the end and beginning of the year celebrations that take place in the town of Zapote, located a few minutes from downtown San José.
The Fiestas de San José were born almost with the independent life of the country, when in 1824 a law decreed the realization of employer celebrations in the 4 main existing cities (Cartago, the capital of that time; San José, Alajuela and Heredia).
This tradition is framed in the well-known town fairs called “turnos”, which they usually celebrate in all places in Costa Rica; although in smaller proportions.
Attending this fairground is an amalgam of customs and traditions; a picturesque journey through the Costa Rican idiosyncrasy. Mechanical games, “toros a la tica”, concerts and typical foods, are part of the offer that seduces the visitor.
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, huge fireworks shows will take place at the Campo Ferial Zapote, accompanied by music, food and games. Of course, if you like your fireworks homespun, there will be no shortage in them in the streets and patios of homes all around the country on Christmas Eve, Christmas Night, and New Year’s Eve.