The lights of Christmas in the city of Funchal this year have more than three million lamps, and the Madeira Tourism Secretary designed the project to allow a religious and Christmas journey.
The “Script of Lights” divides the downtown area of Funchal into different areas, with motifs related to these areas.
In the more traditional streets of the city, such as Fernão Ornelas, Largo do Phelps and Carmo Street, the decoration was inspired by the “white gold era”.
“The decorative paintings for this area present illumination with predominance of bright white that decomposes in small lights, in an evocation of the sugar grains, which are a lasting image of the History of Madeira,” says the Secretary under the tutelage of Paula Cabaço.
In some of the surrounding streets, there are “very striking decorative motifs of the holiday season, but which simultaneously lead the passer-by to Madeira’s history, tradition, wisdom and music, that is, to the representative elements of the 600 years” of the discovery of the archipelago.
In these arteries the decorative elements show “the urban character of contemporary Christmas and the character of Funchal as a landmark attraction for travellers from all over the world”, describes the Regional Government.
Already the Cathedral, the street of the Cathedral and the street of the Aljube were illuminated with religious motives.
“At the entrance of the Cathedral are placed three angels, with the height of three and a half meters each, with original and innovative design. Angels play musical instruments, harp and violins “and have daily animations (shows of light and sound) at 18:00, 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00.
The city’s wharf has motifs alluding to travel, as it is the starting point of the island and in this year’s celebration of the 600th anniversary of the discovery of Madeira.
The Christmas trees are a tradition of the largest Madeiran city and this year there are five.
The Chistmas tree in the People’s Square, next to the city’s pier, is 30 meters high, while the other four refer to Brazil, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Venezuela.