'Tis the season to be jolly in Costa Rica, where Christmas is the most festive time, filled with extravagant light displays and street festivals. Shopping for souvenirs and gifts can be an exciting experience around the holidays, Costa Ricans especially like to celebrate the season by decking out Christmas trees and stocking up on gifts to be exchanged on Christmas eve. Stroll along Avenida Central, an open-air pedestrian shopping destination in San Jose with unusual statues and colorful murals on nearly every corner. Explore one man's modern take on the old-fashioned craft of woodworking with a tour of the workshop at Biesanz Woodwork. Leather purses from J. Lang Atelier are a favorite gift for fashionistas, and finding her store on the outskirts of Escazú makes for a great Christmas-time caper. Along the Caribbean coast in the seaside village of Puerto Viejo de Limon, stop by LuluBerlu Gallery, which is bursting with artful gifts and original designer bikinis, the beachfront shop Manifesto for unique clothing and accessories, and vintage gifts at the Puerto Viejo Flea Market. Across the way, Luna de Febrero carries an evolving collection of locally made art, wood carved crafts and goods for gifting like the Talamanca cacao.
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