Christmas is a magical time of year. If you are in Alicante or are coming here soon, you should know that the city is getting ready to make sure you have a wonderful time with plenty to see and do. Children take centre stage and there will be lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

 

Christmas begins on 6th December

Moors and Christians Parade

Christmas begins on 6th December

Alicante has a date with Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas, the city’s patron saint, every 6th December, when he rides around the Old Town on a white horse, giving toys to the little boys and girls. That afternoon, the Moors and Christians Parade also takes to the street, a dazzling spectacle of colourful costumes and festive music. Legend has it that Saint Nicholas sets out from Alicante loaded up with toys for children in the Netherlands. Alicante wanted to reaffirm this legend and so Santa Claus has made his home in the city and spends the winter there getting ready for his magical trip.

Nadalgel, Nadalneu and Party to welcome in the New Year

Party to welcome in the New Year

New Year’s Eve is a magical night. If you’re coming to spend this special day here, you ought to know that every year Alicante welcomes in the New Year with its eyes fixed on the clock tower of the city’s baroque City Hall building. Starting at 11 p.m., there is entertainment in the square and little bags of lucky grapes are handed out to be eaten as the clock strikes midnight.

  • 11:00 pm: New Year’s Eve party with free grapes
  • 00:00 am:  Twelve bells and to say goodbye to the year.
  • Town Hall Square. Plaza del Ayuntamiento

NADALGEL Ice rink

When in Alicante, you can enjoy a ‘White Christmas’ in a Mediterranean climate thanks to the ice rink in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento square. This becomes a magical place, filled with coloured lights and a huge fir tree. All so you can enjoy an activity that’s fun for the whole family.

December 3 to January 6

Hours: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 22:00

Price: 45 minutes, 6 euros.

In the Town Hall Square. Plaza del Ayuntamiento

NADALNEU Toboggan Run

December 3 to January 6

Hours: 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 22:00

Prices:

  • Single: 4 euros / 3 downs.
  • Double: 6 euros / 3 downs.

In the Plaza de la Montañeta

Prices Ice rink + toboggan

  • Ice rink + single sleds: 8 euros, 45 minutes on track and 3 runs
  • Ice rink + double sleds: 9 euros, 45 minutes on track and 3 runs

Christmas shopping

Mercado de Artesanía de Navidad y Reyes

From December 1 to January 6

  • In Paseo de Soto
  • 10:00 to 15:00 and 17:00 to 23:00 hours

Mercado Nazareno

Craft Fair, children’s activities, live nativity scene.

In Plaza de Gabriel Miró

  • From 18 to 21 December.

 

Christmas shopping

Christmas comes to the Plaza de Gabriel Miró square in the form of Nazareth Market and a Nativity Play. In the middle of December, over the course of 4 days, there are stalls with arts and crafts, food, shows, workshops, and farm animals.From the end of November up to mid January, in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento square, you’ll find the Cascaruja Market, with stalls selling Christmas goodies and sweets like Alicante’s famous turrón (nougat). From December up until 6th January, set up along the avenue known as Avenida de Federico Soto, the Christmas Artisan Market sells decorations, precious metal objects, and nativity scenes. And from 20th to 24th December, why not visit the Cascaruja y Porrate Christmas Market.

The province of Alicante is famous for the quality of its leather goods: shoes, bags and accessories. It is also well-known for the quality of items used for decoration such as rugs, wickerwork and traditional pottery. If you are a lover of food and wine products, you mustn’t miss out on the preserves and salted products that are so typical of Alicante, top quality gastronomic products that are sure to impress you, wines from the province of Alicante with denomination of origin such as Moscatell, or traditional products that are used daily in the Mediterranean diet in many Alicante homes, as well as  chocolate, dates, nougat, and traditional ice creams for those with a sweet tooth. As for the kids, the toys and dolls that are manufactured here in the province of Alicante are known internationally and are exported worldwide.

Alicante, the home of Santa Claus

Until December 25

In Parque de la Ereta s/n Alicante. Precios:

PRICES

  • Casa de Santa Claus: Free
  • Inflatablecastle for children. : 2 euros

 

In La Ereta Park, by the foot of the Castle of Santa BárbaraSanta Claus lives in a house with views out over the Mediterranean. And at Christmas, Alicante opens his home up to visitors. A Page will accompany you to the place where Santa Claus asks children: have you been good?   A wishing well, and entertainment will make your visit truly wonderful.

  •  4,11, 18 y 25 de diciembre de16:00 a 20:00 h.
  • Los días 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22 y 23 de diciembre 12:00 a 20:00 h.
  • Y el día 24 de diciembre 10:00 a 14:00 h

Visit the Nativity Scenes

Until 6 januari

From the start of December you can visit the different nativity scenes set up around the city. There are Panoramic Nativity Scenes in diferent places, as  the Plaza de la Montañeta square. Collections of nativity scenes are also exhibited in the offices of the Provincial Council (Palacio de la Diputación). And all year round you can visit the Nativity Scene Museum on Calle San Agustín street, right in the heart of the Old Town.

Nativity scene in Calvo Sotelo Square

December 4 to January 6

Nativity Scene Museum

With children will enjoy the exhibition of nativity scenes and dioramas traditions throughout history.

Timetable:

  • Monday: Afternoon 17:00 to 20:00 h.
  • Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 h.
  • Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 h. ·
  • Closed Sundays and holidays.
  • Free

Calle San Agustin, 3.

Provincial Council of Alicante

Exhibition of nativity scenes “Messengers of God” from December 2 at 19:00. until 6 January.

Timetable:

  • Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 13:00 h. and from 15:00 to 21:00 h.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 14:00 h. and from 17:00 to 21:00 h.
  • Thursday, December 10 19:00. Christmas tree lighting
  • Friday, December 18 17:00. Opening of the Christmas Market in the gardens of the council.

Fairground and children's rides

Until 6 January

Fairground and children’s rides

Exponadal. Exposición de ocio infantil y juvenil 2013The Christmas Fairground with rides for children and grown-ups is a classic attraction at this time of year. It is set up in the Rabasa estate in December. You can also visit the Christmas exhibition known as Exponadal at IFA from 26th December. This is a large venue where children can enjoy rides, games, workshops, and a circus.

Royal Postal carriers and the Epiphany Parade

From 2 to 5 January.

Every 5th January, Alicante comes alive with excitement as the three Kings of the Orient bring magic and surprises in the Epiphany Parade. They arrive at the Bullring where they greet the children, before moving onto the Plaza de Luceros square from where the parade sets out. Many neighbourhoods also hold their own parades. According to tradition, you should eat the traditional sweet pastry known as Roscón de Reyes with chocolate. The day before, you can enjoy the Parade of the Royal Pages with dancing, music, and entertainment for the children. Christmas in Alicante is magical and special.

The Three Wise Men arrival.

Tuesday 5th.

  • Puerto de Alicante. Escalinata de la Reina. 17:00
  • Plaza de Toros 18:00 h Entrance by invitation, which can be removed at the Casa de la Festa, ( Rambla St)

Parade of the Three Wise Men.

  • 19:00 h

Itinerary:

  • Plaza de los Luceros
  • Avda. De Alfonso X El Sabio
  • Rambla de Mendez Nunez
  • Rafael Altamira Street and Town Hall Square
  • At the end of the parade, SS.MM. Kings will target children of Alicante, from the balcony of City Hall.

 

Christmas events

Exponadal, Nadal Parc, concerts, nativity scenes, children's activities in the museums of Alicante, Feria de Rabasa ...

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