Christmas and New Year in Valencia
Christmas Setting in Valencia
No chance of a White Christmas here, but hey - you can enjoy Christmas
in relative warmth. Valencia gets very pretty over Christmas: lots of
gorgeous iluminations and lots of energy in the streets. The main area
to see the Christmas setting is of course the centre of Valencia, especially
all the landmarks such as Plaza de la Reina and Plaza de Ayuntamento.
Plaza de la Reina will host the Christmas crafts market - good for souvenirs
and local delicacies. Plaza de Ayuntamento will host the main Nativity
Scene - those compositions will be throughout the city over Christmas.
images of Valencia at Christmas
Christmas Dates and Traditions in Valencia
24th Dec - Fun
| Christmas Eve is not a peaceful in Spain as in
other countries. After a meal with the family the crowds will hit
the hightlife hard, making it almost as much of a party as the New
Year's Eve. Note that bars won't open until 1am.
To do: party
25th Dec - Zzzz
|Christmas Day is, of course, a national holiday and everything is
closed - it is a day for relaxation with the family. Kids dont get
main presents today, only the Estrenas - small gifts or banknotes
To do: Absolutely nothing
|Los Santos Innocentes
28th Dec - Fun
|This is the Valencian equivalent of the April's Fool, when you can
play pranks on people around you and, more importanty, you should
expect them played on you. Read the newspapers on 28th as well - the
mass media participates too. Curiously, this day commemorates the
slaughter of newborn babies by King Herod. Don't ask, i dont know
why or how...
To do: A prank on a local
will probably break some ice. Be careful yourself, although most Valencians
would think it is below the belt to prank a tourist. Read newspapers
if your Spanish is good, look out for the journalist named Innocentio
|New Year's Eve
31st Dec - Fun
New Year is, as usual, party time and Valencia will go crazy. Many
venues will host New Year events and the crowds will gather on the
Plaza de Auyntamento for the year's biggest fireworks (and in Valencia
this means VERY BIG fireworks) at midnight. They may also instead
do a spectacular public function with light show and fireworks at
the City of Arts and Sciences
- check with the tourist
. One particular tradition is to eat 12 grapes (Las Uvas)
for each chime of the clock, to bring good luck for new year. You
can buy these just about anywhere.
Go out, mix with the crowds, watch
the fireworks at midnight, have Las Uvas for good luck in the new
year, party till dawn.
5th Jan - Fun
|The Day of Three Kings
is the biggest Christmas Spectacle in Valencia. At 5 pm the Kings
enter in a grandeur procession and proceed to the Plaza de Auntamento
for the main ceremony. Then the City Hall opens for the Valencians
to come in and receive presents from the Kings. The next morning kids
finally find the presents they asked for when the Vizirs of the Kings
came round in mid-December.
To do: Dont miss the show.
Christmas Events in Valencia
Valencia also stages traditional Christmas events for kids and adults.
They range from Christmas markets and high-profile circuses to the 2-day
festival in the City of Arts and Sciences. There really is plenty to do
in Valencia during that period. In due time we will update you on what
is coming for the 2007 Christmas.
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