BENIDORM NOVEMBER FANCY DRESS DAY - GENERAL INFORMATION
Benidorm November Fancy Dress Day - Please note the schedule of the November fiesta and Benidorm Fancy Dress day is never published until very close to the actual event. The information regarding events and their timings, provided below, is from 2019 as sadly last years events did not take place due to Covid19 restrictions. We have left it as guidance only to give you an idea of what to expect. The information on this page will change as and when we receive the correct details. Benidorm Seriously® advise that your do not book your holiday based solely on this information
Benidorm Fancy Dress Day is Europe´s Biggest Fancy Dress Party
This is not officially part of the Spanish Fiestas. It is however always held the day after the Spanish fiestas finish and is the most popular day celebrated by the British tourists.
This tradition started over 25 years ago when Monolo from Sinatras Cabaret bar offered a free drink to anyone who dressed up on the Thursday to continue the celebrations that bit longer. This idea took off and has turned into what is now Europe´s biggest fancy dress street party and each year it grows in popularity with between 30,000 - 40,000 people attend this special day, with most making the effort with their fancy dress outfits and anything goes. It is one of the greatest highlights of the year in Benidorm for many.
Dates for 2021 - The famous November Fiesta - 12th - 17th Fancy Dress day 18th
Dates for 2022 - 11th to 16th, Fancy Dress day 17th TBC
Dates for 2023 - 10th to 15th, Fancy Dress day 16th TBC
Dates vary – They official Spanish Fiesta always begin on the Friday of the second weekend of November and officially end the following Wednesday with Fancy Dress day always held on the Thursday.
Benidorm Fancy dress day - Click here for Photos from previous years Benidorm Fancy Dress Day
TO DATE THIS EVENT HAS NOT YET BEEN CANCELLED: THERE IS NO GUARANTEE HOWEVER THAT IT WILL STILL TAKE PLACE
The Parade which has extravagant themed floats generally starts from outside Morgan Tavern around 2pm.
This years Fancy Dress route is still to be confirmed, below has been previous years route.
The Spanish Fiestas in November
Benidorm honours its two patron saints, the Virgen del Sufragio and San Jaime apostle, with the annual "Fiestas Patronales" local fiestas. The streets are transformed for the entire event with floral decorations, lively musicians, open -air theatres, firework displays and religious parades.
The fiesta dates back to March 1740 when a boat appeared just of the coast of Benidorm dragged in by a violent storm. The boat was burned to prevent an epidemic, but local boys found an image of the Virgin in the rubble and took here to the local church, later a chapel was built. This is the story that forms a large part of the November fiesta and each year the story is re-told on Poniente beach on Saturday.
Benidorm November Fiestas always begin on the Friday of the second weekend of November and officially end the following Wednesday with a spectacular Firework display.
During EVERY fiesta you will see Mascletas listed on the schedules, these are the loud, thunderous fire crackers. They are fired randomly, particularly during the day. They are not for the faint hearted, they are really loud and not designed to see as such as they are not really pretty but are designed to stimulate your body through rhythmic sounds and vibrations.
SCHEDULE Fiestas Patronales Benidorm, Please note this is at the moment a general guide from previous years
18:00 LIGHTING OF THE ARTISTIC ILLUMINATION, by our Queens, at Martínez Alejos avenue and
Opening of the “Porrat” (street market) at Emilio Ortuño avenue.
This is when the queens and princesses dressed in traditional costumes will turn on the lights before travelling through the streets to the bull ring for the official opening of this years fairground.
19.00 - OPENING OF THE FAIR, located next to the bullring. Prices tonight will be cheaper than the rest of the fiesta
19.00 - The traditional seasonal market opens on Calle Emilio (near the town hall), this is open during the fiesta week
22.00 - “PEÑAS” INFORMAL PARADE. Meeting of the “Peñas” at Ruzafa street. Parade around the streets Ruzafa and Martínez Alejos.
10:00 MASS, at the Church of San Jaime, in honour to the Virgin of the Suffrage, sung by “La Barqueta”
and the Church Choir.
11:45 OPENING OF THE DOORS AT SAINT JAMES AND SAINT ANNE´S CHURCH, to sing the
VERSES IN HONOUR TO THE VIRGIN.
12:00 ANGELUS AND BELL RINGING and spectacular AIR BOMBING, by the pyrotechnics company
RICASA, from Plaza de la Señoría, to announce that…THE MAJOR FIESTAS OFFICIALLY HAVE BEGUN!
12:15 BRASS BANDS PARADE, starting from Plaza de San Jaime to finish at Plaza de SS. MM. los
13:00 GATHERING OF BRASS BANDS, at Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España, to perform the piece
"FIESTA IN BENIDORM". Afterwards, COLOURFUL AIR BOMBING, by the pyrotechnics company
17:00 At Poniente Beach, THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE FOUNDING OF THE VIRGIN, by the
theatre group of “La Barqueta”. Afterwards, SALVOES OF HONOR, by the pyrotechnics company
RICASA, to announce the Founding of our patron saint, the Virgin of the Suffrage.
18:30 SOLEMN PROCESSION, leaving from Parque de Elche (Harbour) through the following streets:
Paseo de la Carretera, Alameda D. Pedro Zaragoza, Mayor street and Plaza de San Jaime.
When the procession gets to the church, there will be a FLOWER OFFERING TO THE VIRGIN, followed
by the ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FIESTAS. Afterwards, the Anthems of Benidorm and the Region of
Valencia will be sung, to end with a SUPERB FIREWORK DISPLAY, at Plaza Castelar, done by the
pyrotechnics company RICASA
22:00 Dance and entertainment for everyone, done by “LOCOS POR BAILAR”, at Huerto de Colón
(Tomás Ortuño street).
23:00 Performance of “ORQUESTA SHAKARA” at Huerto de Colón.
23:00 Performance of “ORQUESTA LOS HAPPYS”, at Gambo street.
23:00 GREAT SHOW, at Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España, of local bands: “LOCOS DE ATAR”,
“DIRTY BONES, “ZAREY (Reggaeton) & VARIANCE DANCE STUDIO” and “ROAD VOLTA”.
23:30 Informal parade of the brass bands “ Ateneu de la Vila” and “La Pericana”, leaving from Plaza de
SS. MM. Reyes de España.
SUNDAY : VIRGIN OF THE SUFFRAGE´S DAY
11:00 until 14:00 HUGE CHILDREN PLAYPARK at Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España.
11:30 SOLEMN MASS IN HONOUR OF OUR PATRON SAINT, THE VIRGIN OF THE SUFFRAGE, at
the Church of Saint James and Saint Anne, sung by the “Polifónica de Polop Antonio Berenguer”.
Afterwards, AIR BOMBING and PARADE, around the streets of the Old Town.
14:00 MARVELLOUS PYRO-DIGITAL “MASCLETA” (super big banger) at avenue Jaime I
(the main street that runs down to the start of Poniente beach), done by pyrotechnics company RICASA. The “Destilería Tenis” will do a tasting of “Anís Tenis”,
until they run out of stock.
17:00 Kid´s “Batukada” (band of instruments of percussion that plays African-Brazilian music), by
MARAKATA PERCUSIÓN, starting from Casa del Fester (C/ La Biga). Afterwards, there will be chocolate
for all the kids at Casa del Fester.
17:00 Children´s wandering theatre “AVENTURA PREHISTÓRICA” starting at Huerto de Colón (Tomás
Ortuño street). Afterwards, there will be chocolate for all the kids, thanks to “Chocolates Marcos Tonda”,
at Huerto de Colón.
19:30 SOLEMN PROCESSION IN HONOUR TO THE VIRGIN OF THE SUFFRAGE. Itinerary: Mayor
street, Alameda de D. Pedro Zaragoza, Los Ángeles, Metge Pérez Martorell, Martínez Alejos, Paseo de la
Carretera, Santa Faz, Mal Pas and Plaza de San Jaime. Afterwards, traditional “ESTAMPETA” in honour
to the Virgin of the Suffrage, at Plaza de San Jaime.
22:30 Performance of the “ORQUESTA SECRETS”, at Huerto de Colón (Tomás Ortuño street).
23:00 Performance of the marvellous “ORQUESTA TREGUA”, at Gambo street.
23:00 The traditional “COPLETES” will be sung to the Virgin of the Suffrage, at Plaza de San Jaime.
23:30 Informal parade of the brass bands “Bataclán” and “La Pericana”, leaving from Plaza de SS. MM.
Reyes de España.
00:00 Concert of the famous music band “LA UNIÓN”, at Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España.
MONDAY : SAINT JAMES DAY - This is also a local holiday, so banks, offices etc will be CLOSED
07:30 CHOCOLATE FOR EVERYONE, thanks to “CHOCOLATES MARCOS TONDA” (Villajoyosa), at
Casa del Fester,C/ La Biga, just off calle Ruzafa near Four Seasons Restaurant.
08:00 “DESPERTÀ” (awakening by the sound of firecrackers), starting from Casa del Fester (C/ La Biga),
around the Old Town. And from now on…¡EVERY MORNING!
11:00 until 14:00 HUGHE CHILDREN PLAYPARK at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España.
11:30 At the Church of San Jaime, SOLEMN MASS IN HONOUR TO SAINT JAMES, sung by the
“Polifónica de Polop Antonio Berenguer”. Afterwards, AIR BOMBING and PARADE, around the streets of
the Old Town.
14:00 GREAT PYRO-DIGITAL MASCLETA (super big firecrackers), at avenue Jaime I (Poniente Beach),
done by pyrotechnics company RICASA.
17:00 Children´s wandering theatre “AVENTURA PREHISTÓRICA” starting at Casa del Fester (La Biga
street). Afterwards, there will be chocolate for all the kids, thanks to “Chocolates Marcos Tonda”, at Huerto
19:00 SOLEMN PROCESSION IN HONOUR TO SAINT JAMES by the streets: Mayor, Alameda D.
Pedro Zaragoza, Paseo de la Carretera, Santa Faz and Plaza San Jaime. Afterwards, traditional
“ESTAMPETA”, in honour to Saint James. Inside the temple, the names of the members of the
organizing committee (“Mayorales”) of the Fiestas 2020 will be revealed.
23:15 Informal parade of the brass bands “Bataclán” and “La Pericana”, leaving from Plaza de SS. MM.
Reyes de España.
23:30 CHARITY CONCERT organised by “LOS 40 BENIDORM POP”, at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes
de España, with the performance of many famous recording artists: Last years was Dani Fernández, Alba Reche, Ana
Mena, Pol Granch, Xuso Jones Unique , Lemot, Maybe, Safree, Chico Malo, Samuel, Miki and Nil
Afterwards, an event not to be missed the spectacular “CORREFOCS” this is a moving fire and sound show, and is really something to see, a group of individuals will dress as devils and light up fireworks – fixed on devil's pitchforks or strung above the route, dancing to the sound of rhythmic drums, they set off their fireworks among the crowds. The spectators that participate dress to protect themselves against small burns and attempt to get as close as possible to the devils, running with the fire. Other spectators will watch from "safe" distances, rapidly retreating as necessary. dont wear your best clothes for this event and keep your head covered), by COLLA DE DIMONIS POLOPINS, leaving from Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España and through the streets:Hondo, Tomás Ortuño, La Biga, Ruzafa and Martínez Alejos to end at Gambo street.
TUESDAY - This is also a local holiday, so banks, offices etc will be CLOSED
10:30 SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS, at San Jaime Church, sung by the Choir of the Church.
Afterwards, OFFERING OF FLOWER GARLANDS to the Dead in the Sea, at Plaza de la Señoría,
followed by a visit to the cemeteries.
11:00 until 14:00 HUGE CHILDREN PLAYPARK at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España.
14:00 HUGE MASCLETÀ, at avenue Jaime I (Poniente Beach), done by pyrotechnics company RICASA.
17:00 Children´s wandering theatre, starting at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España and ending at
19:00 FUNNY COSTUMES PARADE. Itinerary: Venus, Ruzafa and Martínez Alejos.
00:00 WONDERFUL NOCTURNAL PYRO-DIGITAL MASCLETÁ (fireworks and bangers), done by the
pyrotechnics company RICASA.
00:30 TRIBUTE CONCERT (Last years was: MECANO, QUEEN and BRUNO MARS), at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de
11:30 “FESTA DE LES FESTES”. Informal parade of the different Fiestas Commitees, departing from
Tomás Ortuño street / Pino street. Itinerary: Tomás Ortuño, La Biga, Ruzafa, Herrerías and Plaza de SS.
MM Los Reyes de España.
13:00 CHILDREN´S “MASCLETÁ”and CANDY FIRECRACKERS at Plaza SS. MM. Reyes de España.
18:00 FLOAT PARADE through the following streets: Parque de Elche, Almendros, Marte, Venus, Ruzafa
and Martínez Alejos.
Afterwards, MARVELLOUS FIREWORK DISPLAY at Poniente Beach (Harbour), done by the
pyrotechnics company RICASA, these usually start around 21.00 but all depends on how long the parade takes.
The firework display on 2019 finally started around 22.00 and went on for 20 minutes for the most fabulous display.
IMPORTANT: The Tourist Office and Benidorm Seriously are not responsible for any last minute changes that may happen.