A mini Christmas Village, in the historic center of Viseu, where it will snow three times a day, is one of the novelties of this year’s Christmas festivities in the city, whose programming is concerned with cost reduction.
“The novelty this year is that it will snow on Rua Direita, three times a day, because we are going to have two cannons in our mini Christmas Village, where Santa Claus will arrive, on December 10, and he will be welcoming people with elves” , announced today the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Viseu.
Leonor Barata added that “this novelty is a way to streamline the route of Rua Direita, for street and traditional trade, in order to make that area more attractive and encourage shopping in those stores”.
“Rua Direita will also have 10 new spaces, in stores currently vacant, which will have temporary tenants, such as plastic artists, spaces for workshops, handicrafts, in order to streamline the street and make it more attractive”, he added.
In addition to the illuminated streets in the center of the city, between December 8th and January 8th, thus shortening the time of lighting and events, Rossio will also have a “giant ball of light” that represents the planet earth.
“A world of light awaits you”, this year’s slogan for the festivities, which, according to the councilor, “represents a world of light, in green and white, because it also represents a sustainable world with environmental concerns”.
In this sense, the councilor said that the lighting will be on between 5:30 pm and 11:30 pm, “strictly complying with the guidelines of six hours a day” and the lamps used “are of low energy consumption, the LED ones, to promote this awareness as well”.
At a time when “everyone is suffering from inflation”, the mayor of Viseu, Fernando Ruas, assumed that “cost reduction was one of the most given recommendations” to the councilor for Culture, taking into account that “it is a big concern”.
“This year, on lighting, with more lights and on the same streets, we will spend 90,000 euros and in 2021 we will spend 92,000 euros. In all, in the Christmas schedule, there are 206 thousand euros, that is, we managed to reduce the budget by 60 thousand, taking into account that last year it was 266 thousand euros”, revealed Leonor Barata.
The councilor said that Rossio will also receive “16 stalls for the Christmas Market, there will be groups to liven up the streets with street artists, elves and clown orchestras” and “the library and municipal museums will host workshops and events dedicated to the most new”.
This year, he continued, the municipality “will have a unique, large-scale and incredible Natal concert, which will bring together 183 youth choirs and 159 adults on stage, with the particularity of bringing together several institutions in the territory in a single concert that has 55 instruments. ” musicals.
Leonor Barata added that Viseu will also host “a Panda and Caricas show and a Lego exhibition which is one of those attractions that caters for children and adults, for the whole family”.
As in previous years, Viseu has a solidarity fathers’ race, the crib route through the parishes, the New Year’s Concert” and there will also be a shop window contest with prizes for the three best and five honorable mentions.
“The values are 750 euros, 450 and 300 euros, from the first to the third prize. Each mention will receive 100 euros”, announced the president of the Association of Merchants of Viseu.
Gualter Mirandez also added that he hopes “that traders know how to dignify their windows, taking into account the value of the prizes”, since, in his opinion, Viseu “will be one of the cities in the country with the best monetary prizes”.
The director of Viseu Marca, which co-organizes the year-end party with the Viseu City Council, announced that the party will be at Praça de Viriato, where the São Mateus Fair usually takes place, and will be “with great dignity, despite some settings”.
Pedro Alves announced that the party starts at 10:30 pm with Mundo Segundo, until midnight for the fireworks, followed by a performance by Richie Campbell and the night ends with dj Victor Pirez, in a space where “the restoration will be present”.