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Christmas in Spain

The holiday season in Spain, is marked by a unique blend of religious reverence and festive merriment. This blog post explores the rich tapestry of Christmas traditions in Spain, delving into the religious significance, regional variations, and the warmth of family gatherings that make it a special time of the year.

The Nativity Scene – “Belen”

One of the most cherished Christmas traditions in Spain is the creation of intricate nativity scenes known as “Belen.” These scenes depict the Holy Family, shepherds, and the Three Wise Men, and are often elaborate and artistic.

The 12 Grapes of Luck

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Spaniards across the country participate in the unique tradition of “Las doce uvas de la suerte” (The 12 Grapes of Luck). With each stroke of the clock, people eat one grape, aiming to finish all twelve before the final bell chimes. It is believed that this practice brings good luck for the coming year.


Epiphany – “El Día de los Reyes”

In Spain, the Christmas season extends beyond December 25th, culminating in “El Día de los Reyes” or Three Kings’ Day on January 6th. This holiday commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men to visit the baby Jesus. Processions featuring the Three Kings are held across Spain, often accompanied by music and festive celebrations.

Christmas in Spain is a time when rich religious traditions merge seamlessly with joyous celebrations and family togetherness. The blend of solemn religious observance, delightful customs, and regional variations creates a unique and enchanting holiday experience. From the beautiful “Belen” scenes to the lively Three Kings’ Day processions, the Spanish Christmas season is a remarkable celebration of faith and tradition that warms the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re savouring “turron” or taking part in the Twelve Grapes of Luck, Christmas in Spain is an experience to remember.

Here are some things to do in Málaga during Christmas.


Visit the Christmas Lights: Málaga is known for its stunning Christmas light displays. The city’s main street, Calle Larios, is transformed into a mesmerising tunnel of lights, and the switch-on ceremony is a popular event. Stroll through the city centre to admire the beautiful holiday decorations.

Explore Christmas Markets: Málaga hosts several Christmas markets, the most famous being the “Feria del Centro.” Here, you can find handcrafted gifts, seasonal sweets, and traditional decorations. The market at the Muelle Uno, near the port, is also worth a visit.

Visit Nativity Scenes (Belenes): Málaga is known for its elaborate nativity scenes. The most famous one is located in the city hall, but many churches and cultural centres also create their own beautiful “Belenes” for visitors to enjoy.

Celebrate Three Kings’ Day: Málaga hosts a spectacular procession for “El Día de los Reyes” (Three Kings’ Day) on January 5th. The parade features elaborately decorated floats, music, and the arrival of the Three Wise Men who distribute sweets and small gifts to children.

Visit the Botanical Gardens in Málaga: The Botanical Gardens in Málaga are not only a place of natural wonder but also a serene and festive escape during the Christmas season. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photography buff, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, a visit to these gardens can be a delightful way to enjoy the holiday season while in Málaga. Be sure to check their website or contact them directly for any specific Christmas events or activities they may have planned during your visit.

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