This post is part 5 of 7 in the series Bogotá, Colombia City Travel Guide

Bogotá, Colombia is a sophisticated city with plenty of style and the whole town dresses up for Christmas with widespread and well-executed light shows, water shows, projected images, and more during the annual Ruta de la Navidad in the city’s many public parks. Here’s what it looks like.

Ruta de la Navidad Christmas celebrations in Bogotá, Colombia

Plaza Bolivar Christmas lights, Bogota - Ruta de las Luces

Plaza Bolivar in Bogotá, Colombia gets the Ruta de la Navidad treatment with Christmas lights and special fountains.

Plaza Bolivar Christmas water & light show, Bogota - Ruta de las Luces

This temporary fountain was constructed just for the Ruta de la Navidad Christmas lights and water show in Plaza Bolivar in Bogotá, Colombia.

Plaza Bolivar Christmas lights - Bogota, Colombia

Plaza Bolivar in Bogotá, Colombia got all dressed up as part of the city’s Ruta de la Navidad, but that didn’t stop  protesters set up a sort of camp in the square against the recent ousting of the city’s former FARC mayor.

Check out the sound, light, and water show put on in Plaza Bolivar in Bogotá, Colombia as part of the city’s annual Ruta de la Navidad in our video from the plaza, below.

Santa watching the Christmas Spectacular - Plaza Bolivar, Bogota, Colombia

Santa takes a break to enjoy the Christmas show put on in Bogotá’s Plaza Bolivar.

Unusual nativity creche - Christmas in Bogota Colombia

This nativity scene in Bogotá wins the award for most unusual depiction of the holy family. Cows? Really?

Plaza Usaquen Christmas tree, Bogota, Colombia - Ruta de las Luces

Lights galore in Plaza Usaquen in Bogotá, Colombia as part of the city’s Ruta de la Navidad Christmas displays.

Mirror Man - Plaza Usaquen - Chritmas in Bogota

Mirror Man enjoying (and reflecting) the Ruta de la Navidad Christmas light displays in Plaza Usaquen in Bogotá, Colombia.

Plaza Usaquen Christmas lights, Bogota - Ruta de las Luces

It was raining Christmas lights in Bogotá’s Plaza Usaquen as part of the city’s Ruta de la Navidad.

Happy snowman Plaza Usaquen - Chritmas in Bogota

Frosty gets some lovin’ in Plaza Usaquen in Bogotá, Colombia.

Plaza Usaquen - Ruta de las Luces, Bogota, Colombia

The light displays went well beyond traditional Christmas themes in Plaza Usaquen as part of Bogotá’s Ruta de la Navidad.

Parque de los Novios Christmas lights, Bogota - Ruta de las Luces

Now this was cool. People lined up for hours to see images projected onto lit up water fountains in Parque de los Novios in Bogotá, Colombia during Ruta de la Navidad.

Check out what happens when you project images onto brightly lit fountains in our video, below, from the Ruta de la Navidad Christmas display in Bogotá’s Parque de los Novios.

Torre Colpatria Christmas lights, Bogota - Ruta de las Luces

The Torre Colpatria building in Bogota, Colombia dressed in projected Christmas images as part of the Ruta de la Navidad.

Watch the Ruta de la Navidad animated Christmas light show on Bogata’s Torre Colpatria building in our video, below.

Parque de la Independencia Christmas lights, Bogota - Ruta de las Luces

Parque de la Independencia’s Ruta de la Navidad Christmas lights in Bogotá, Colombia.

Zona T Christmas lights, Bogota - Ruta de las Luces

Even Bogota’s chic Zona T shopping and dining district got into the Ruta de la Navidad Christmas spirit.

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