Benidorm in December. Benidorm is an all year round holiday destination, but find out exactly what to expect from a holiday here during the month of December.
Just like every month in Benidorm, each offers tourists something slightly different and December is no exception to the rule. This page will cover the weather, special events held, the clientele and first hand experiences from holiday makers.
How busy is December in Benidorm? The first two or three weeks are generally quieter with fewer tourists here than other weeks of the year, some bars and restaurants will take this opportunity to close or reduce their opening hours for a while, to recuperate after the busy summer season and November Fiesta week, you may even find some hotels closed, a few venues will remain closed until next season, but most will reopen for Christmas and New Year.
Bars that will be closed or have restricted service hours during December.
Paneils Restaurant - Closed from 1st Dec, reopens 23rd
Tropical Bar will be closed until December 20th
Rock and Roll House - Closed from 10th December until 22nd
Bodhran - Reopens 22nd December
The Palladium - Open but without Cabaret, which will resume on 23rd December
Jokers - Closed from 20th Nov until Early February.
Royal Arrow - Closed from November 20th until 20th December for refurbishments
Shamrock - Closed from 20th November until mid March
Rockerfellas - Closed from 22nd November for 4 weeks
Zodiac - Closed until February
Valentines - Closed until 1st March
Jail Rock - Closed until 1st of February
Insomnia - Closed until February, no date announced
Early December will see the New Town area (the Strip and Square) fairly quiet, but even with some venues closed, there is still be plenty of bars open providing entertainment, just check the Whats On Guide, when you are here to see who is performing when and where, and it is never difficult to find somewhere suitable to eat.
Due to the lower demand for early December, it can be a good time to take advantage of hotel deals and discounts. Find your perfect accommodation HERE.
Just a few days before Christmas itself, Benidorm suddenly becomes very busy, with flocks of British Tourists arriving, venues will start to re-open and everywhere gears up for the busy Christmas period, which official runs until 6th January.
Clientele: The clientele you'll encounter in December can vary. While Benidorm is known for its popularity among British and other European tourists, the demographic can shift during the off-season. You will find a mixture of travellers, including couples, retirees, and some families, you will also find many Spanish Nationals here, enjoying Benidorm during the festive season, in general you will find a more mature crowd compared to the party scene of the some other months.
Things to do in December - While Benidorm is generally quieter early December compared to the peak summer season, there are still plenty of activities and things to do during your visit. Here are a few suggestions:
Enjoy the Beaches: While it might not be swimming weather, you can still take peaceful walks along the beautiful beaches of Benidorm, the mild temperatures make it a great time for a leisurely stroll.
Explore Old Town: Benidorm's Old Town, is a charming area with narrow streets, historic architecture, and a vibrant atmosphere. Explore the quaint shops, tapas bars and restaurants.
Tapas alley, famous for its amazing amount of high quality tapas bars, will even have the red carpet rolled out during the festive period.
Hiking and Nature: Benidorm is surrounded by natural beauty, including the Sierra Helada Natural Park and the Puig Campana mountain. Consider going on a hike or nature walk to enjoy the scenic landscapes.
Golf: Benidorm is home to several golf courses, and the mild December weather can be perfect for a round of golf.
Visit surrounding towns - December is the perfect month for exploring some of the many nearby towns and villages, such as Albir, Altea, Denia, La Vila Joiosa, Alicante or even spend a day in Valencia, local transport links are very good with plenty of cheep buses, local trams or the train.
22nd December El Gordo– All over Spain people never stray far from a TV or radio as the Christmas lottery is drawn over a period of many hours. Everybody in Spain buys tickets for this lottery in the hope of winning El Gordo (the fat one). Besides the big three prizes there are thousands of smaller prizes shared by people all over Spain. You can buy Spanish Christmas lottery tickets online or from one of the many Loto shops and many of the bars also offer tickets at a slightly higher price.
Christmas in Benidorm - Christmas is a special time here in Benidorm and there is always lots going on for both children and adults, including concerts, parades, festive markets, and fireworks and even an ice rink. Celebrations tend to start early December when Christmas lights will be turned on and the official Christmas Square opened. Find full details of events here.
Remember that early December in Benidorm is more relaxed and less crowded, making it an ideal time for a peaceful getaway and to enjoy the town's natural beauty and many other attractions.
Events and RED Days in December
Red days in December - What is a red day? This is a national holiday, similar to a Bank Holiday back in the UK, so some supermarkets will be closed or open for much shorter hours, banks, offices and schools will be CLOSED.
6th December - Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución)
This public holiday is always celebrated on 6th December and marks the approval of the Spanish constitution by the Spanish people back in 1978.
8th December - Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception is a Roman Catholic holy day and a public holiday in Spain. The holiday falls on 8 December every year and is often thought of as the beginning of the Christmas season in Spain.
It is a Holy day of Obligation. This means that all Catholics attend mass on this day.
Christmas in Benidorm - For full details about Christmas in Benidorm click here A full schedule of events is generally released late November.
New Year's Eve December 31st How better to end the year than at a traditional Spanish New Year's Eve party. Free champagne and live music provide the entertainment. Don’t forget your 12 grapes which are eaten one by one on the strokes of midnight giving you luck in the year to come. Benidorm also celebrates the UK new year, with more bells, chimes and drinks at midnight UK time, so twice as much fun here in Benidorm.
Average Monthly weather for the month of December
The weather is obviously relatively cold, compared to the summer months, but warmer than many parts of the UK or other Northern European countries.
December is typically the 3rd coldest and 3rd wettest month of the year.
Daytime temperature - 15.9°C.
Nightly temperature - 6.8°C.
Average temperature - 11.3°C.
Daily sunshine - 5.9 hrs.
Average rainfall - 45 mm.
Rainy days - 12 days.
Sea temperature - 16°C.
Humidity - 69%.
Windspeed - 10.4kph.
The data used in these monthly averages covers a period of over 100 years right up until last year, ALL temperatures are taken in the SHADE.
Benidorm Seriously Facebook Group - Members' Personal Experiences of their December Holidays.
Ang Ela - It’s still warm, less busy and rowdy, but plenty still open.
Tim Wiberg - Early December is quiet, some of the bars including some of the big ones take a break but plenty are still open. If its sunny temperatures can still be warm in the day but at night it is cold. Overall its a much more relaxing time to come with a chilled out atmosphere we love it then.
Have you had a holiday in Benidorm in DECEMBER? If so comment below, descriptive and helpful comments may be added to this webpage.