Celebrating Christmas in the south of Spain

Celebrating Christmas in the south of Spain

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Seville is a beautiful city that is always a pleasure to visit and wander through its charming streets and hidden corners. But during Christmas, Seville becomes even more special. The streets are decorated with typical Christmas lights, traditional markets are installed, the traditional sweets and pastries… its simply is very special.

At least once in your life you should visit the city of Seville during Christmas. The intrinsic charm of this time of year only adds to the natural beauty of a city that will certainly not disappoint you. If you decide to make a trip to Seville in Christmas, we propose some plans that you cannot miss.

Several Christmas Markets are set up roughly a month before Christmas, where many different types of items are sold. At the Crafts Christmas Market (from the 14th of December to the 5th of January) you will find all kinds of handicrafts such as pottery, jewellery, leather, glass, clothing, among others. It is located in the Plaza Nueva, a few meters from the Giralda.

In the Plaza de la Encarnación and the Alameda de Hercules (from the 5th of December to the 5th of January), both in the historic centre of Seville, two other traditional markets are set up, that besides buying different products, the whole family will have fun with the many activities that are organized.

One of the events you can not miss is the Feria del Belén de Sevilla, (Nativity Scene Fair of Seville), held from the 8th of November to the 23rd of December, which has become the most important fair in Spain for nativity scene figures and Christmas decorations.

Another plan that we propose is to make the route of the nativity scenes. Each year, many churches, convents, guilds, businesses and institutions set up beautiful nativity scenes, known in Spain as “belen”, for the general public to enjoy. Some of the most important ones are at located at the city’s Town Council, the bank of Cajasol (in Plaza San Francisco), the Cathedral of Seville, the church of the Holy Angel, or the Circulo Mercantil in Sierpes Street.

It is also traditional at this time of year, to try the many delicacies that are sold at the Annual exhibition of sweets and pastries of nun’s enclosed monasteries. There are numerous convents in Seville and rest of the province that sell the sweets and pastries made by the nuns, at the stalls situated next to the Gothic Palace of the Real Alcazar.

And, if you like sports, you can join the San Silvestre Sevillana race, which is celebrated every year at the end of the month. The Sevillian professional athletes and other citizens will put on their running shoes to participate in this race, in which the touch of humour will be present in the costumes that many runners opt to wear.

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