Cortylandia, Cortylandia ¡Vamos todos a cantar!
December 19, 2013 7:52 AM Subscribe
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl (4 comments total)
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"Every year since 1979, madrileños young and old have lined the streets, craning their necks for 15 minutes each hour to see the Cortylandia
show – music, blinking lights and singing puppets different every year. Celebrating Christmas in Madrid is incomplete without seeing Cortylandia."
"Every year the big department chain Corte Inglés presents the Cortylandia for Christmas. One store precisely, the Corte Inglés de Preciados, sets up the city’s most visited Christmas spectacle. Memorable Cortylandia displays include a giant sparkly version of the ubiquitous Don Quixote (1989) and a 15-ton King Kong (2005)."
Although the display changes yearly, the song remains the same:
Vamos todos a cantar
Alegría en estas fechas*
Porque ya es Navidad
*It sounds like "fiestas" but all the sources I could find said "fechas".
When the music starts on the top of the hour, children are hoisted onto shoulders and stare at the singing display having an experience that can only be described as "sublime" as everyone dances and sings along with the denizens of Cortylandia in an effervescent burst of joy and consumerism.
Please forgive the quality of some of these videos -- they are done by amateurs who wish only to revel in and share the spirit of Cortylandia.
This year's Cortylandia
(Feel free to skip ahead -- nothing happens for about the first two minutes.)
-- a phenomenal assortment of world landmarks and stereotypes (this might be the most amazing)