Christmas and New Year in Benidorm


Christmas and New year are special times here in Benidorm, there is always lots going on for both children and adults.

There is lots of live entertainment in town.   To find out who is performing When and Where use the Whats On Guide, which is updated on a daily basis.

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Hotels Recommended for Christmas and New Year

Find Special menus for Christmas and New Year HERE

Children can enjoy Christmas Holidays in Benidorm, there are lots of special activities provided, see below.


Christmas and New Year in Benidorm 

Confirmed events for Christmas 2023 from 2nd December to 7th January 2024

Christmas Square with Ice Rink, attractions and market  - Open from Saturday 2nd December until January 7th - Pl. de SS. MM. Los Reyes de España

The rink is usually open in the mornings until 14.00 then again in the afternoons from 17.00 until late, mornings are the quieter sessions but its prettier in the evenings with all the lights!  Boot Hire is available and included in the hourly price - Please wear long trousers and gloves or you won't be permitted to skate. 

Porrat Navideño  Parque de Elche.

Saturday, December 2-Saturday, January 6: Casa de la Navidad Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón.

Thursday, December 28th -Thursday, January 7th: The Three Wise Men of the East. Green areas in front of the Town Hall.

Christmas and new year in Benidorm, Ice Rink

Saturday, December 2nd:

11:00 – 13:00  Workshop: "Christmas Decoration with Macramé", by "La Furona" Museu " Boca del Calvari".

18:00 Inauguration of the Casa de la Navidad. Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón (C/ Tomás Ortuño, 16).

19:00 Inauguration of the Plaza de la Navidad Plaza de la Navidad 

Sunday, December 3rd:

12:00-14:00. Visit from Santa Claus. Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

18:00  Children's Performances Plaza de la Navidad

18:00-20:00. Visit from Santa Claus. Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

Thursday, December 7th:

18:00 Inauguration of the Nativity Scene of the Casa de Andalucía. C/ Mercurio Nº4.

Friday, December 8th:

18:00  Inauguration of the Nativity Scene of the A.C.R. La Barqueta. C/ Tomás Ortuño 62.

Saturday, December 9th:

11:00  – 13:00 Workshop: "Handmade Christmas Card", by "Naranja& Wood" Museu "Boca del Calvari".

18:00 Show "FUN FUN FUN" by the company Regomello. Christmas Square.

Sunday, December 10th:

12:00  Inauguration of the Municipal Nativity Scene. Town Hall (Plaza S.S.M.M. The Kings of Spain, 1).

18:00  Children's performances. Christmas Square.

Saturday, December 16th:

11:00-13:00. Workshop: "Christmas Floral Decoration", by "Florísima" Museu "Boca del Calvari".

18:00 . Children's performances. Christmas Square.

Sunday, December 17th:

10:00  San Silvestre 'Christmas Run The race will run entirely along the Paseo de Levante on a five-kilometer route departing from the intersection of Avenida de Europa and Paseo de Levante at ten in the morning.

Registration can be made through the website in various modalities such as running, walking, Nordic walking and children's races. For those who register online, the organization will give them a bag with gifts that will be available until the 14th at 11:59 p.m.

The organizers also anticipate in-person registration up to 30 minutes before the race.
Participants will be provided with supplies, photographs and massages for a recovery as quickly as possible and a souvenir of their participation. The race aims to combine tourism and sport, combining the traditional Christmas costume contest with an athletic test with different participation formats accessible to everyone.

12:00  Performance by the Tramuntana Group. Christmas Square.

18:00  Children's Performances.  Christmas Square.

Monday, December 18th:

18:00  María José Moya's Dance Studio. Christmas Square.

18:00 – 10:00 Visit from Santa Claus. Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

Tuesday, December 19th:

18:00 Paqui Mora Dance Studio Christmas Square.

18:00  – 20:00 Visit from Santa Claus.  Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

Wednesday, December 20th:

18:00  Pilar Segura Dance Studio. Christmas Square.

18:00 – 10:00 Visit from Santa Claus. Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón)

Thursday, December 21st:

18:00  Boggie Block Dance Studio. Christmas Square.

18:00  – 20:00  Visit from Santa Claus. Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

December 21st – Hogueras, which literally translates to ‘bonfires. During this celebration, the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) is celebrated. A typical event which takes place is people jumping over fires to protect themselves from illness in the upcoming year.

Christmas and New Year in Benidorm

Christmas and New Year in Benidorm 

Friday, December 22nd:

18:00 Children's Theatre "A Different Christmas", by the company Pampol Teatre Plaza de la Navidad.

18:00 – 20:00 Visit from Santa Claus. Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

Saturday, December 23rd:

12:00  – 14:00 Visit from Santa Claus. Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

18:00 Children's Performances. Christmas Square.

18:00 – 20:00 Visit from Santa Claus.  Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

December 24th Christmas Eve – In Spain, Christmas Eve is called Nochebuena and marks the most important family meeting of the year. People usually spend the late afternoons and early evening with friends for a few drinks and tapas, then head back home to enjoy a nice family dinner. After their evening meal, the whole family will go to church for the traditional midnight Mass or “Misa Del Gallo”, which in a devoutly Roman Catholic country is much more than a ‘Carol Service’ event and holds great significance as an important part of Christmas.

Sunday, December 24th:

From 11:00  Pre-Good Party of the Commission of Festes Majors Patronals 2024.Plaza de la Navidad.

12:00  – 14:00 Visit from Santa Claus. Casa de la Navidad (Casa-Museu l'Hort de Colón).

December 25th – Christmas Day is celebrated as a national holiday in Spain, so all the shops are closed. This day is not celebrated as the typical ¨day for presents¨ as that day occurs on the 6th of January when the Three Kings bring the presents for the children, but more of a day to relax and spend time with families. There is typically a big lunchtime meal with the family and friends.

Monday, December 25th:

18:00 p.m. Children's Performances.  Christmas Square.

December 28th –The day of Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents) is celebrated much like another Western holiday, April Fool’s Day. This holiday finds children and adults playing practical jokes on each other. This is a fun day to run wild and play some pranks on your friends and family.

6:00 p.m. Children's Performances. Christmas Square.

Friday, December 29th:

18:00  Children's Performances. Christmas Square.

Saturday, December 30th:

18:00  Children's Performances. Christmas Square.

Christmas and New Year in Benidorm 


December 31st - New Year's Eve

New Years Eve in Benidorm - Benidorm says goodbye to 2023 from Paseo de Levante with music and fireworks.

Sunday, December 31st:

From 11:00  New Year's Eve morning of the Associació dePenyes "Verge del Sofratge" Christmas Square.

From 19:00 - 01:30  Great New Year's Eve Party, Playa de Levante

The Benidorm City Council and the Abreca association will organize for the seventh consecutive year the great New Year's Eve party to be held on the Paseo de Levante an attendance of around 10,000 people is expected.

The party will begin from 19:00, and last until 01:30 with performances by three local DJs, as well as national and international entertainment by a professional speaker.

A large number of beachfront venues will distribute grapes and party favours for the crowd that will gather at midnight to welcome 2024 in one of the most beautiful places. emblematic of the city.

Once the chimes have finished, Spanish time, a great pyromusical show will begin that will combine music and fireworks in a synchronized way.

At one in the morning the party will connect with British television to broadcast the chimes from Big Ben in London.

Benidorm New Years Eve

Six LED screens will be installed; one on the stage and five more on the beach, from which all those who attend the party can follow the events.

As in previous editions, and with the aim of disturbing the neighbours as little as possible, the installed speakers will be directed towards the sea.

New Year’s Eve is called Noche Vieja (old night). The party stays at home for many until midnight, as it is a tradition to eat 12 grapes, one at each chime of the clock. Tradition has it that anyone who manages all 12 grapes, without choking, will have 12 months of prosperity – it’s not as easy as it sounds, but it’s fun to have a go! After the grapes and Cava, the party begins and goes on well into the next morning.

Another other strange tradition in Spain during New Years is to wear red underwear.

The red underwear should be given to you and is to be worn on New Year´s Eve; this is to bring good luck for the upcoming 12 months. All over the shopping centres, markets, and stores you will find red underwear being sold before New Year’s. The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages when it was prohibited to wear red as it was associated with witchcraft, the devil and blood. However, the people would instead wear red underwear that couldn’t be seen as they believed that red was a symbol of life especially during the dark winter months.

BENIDORM´S NEW YEARS DAY - January 1st– This public holiday is generally reserved for recuperating from the festivities from the night before. Most shops are closed, and people tend to stay at home and recover.

18:00 Children's Performances. Christmas Square.

Tuesday, January 2nd:

18:00 Visit of the Royal Postman. Christmas Square.

Wednesday, January 3rd:

18:00 Visit of the Royal Postman. Christmas Square.

Thursday, January 4th:

18:00 Visit of the Royal Postman. Christmas Square. 

January 5th - 3 Kings Parade

Every 5th of January, the streets of Benidorm are filled with excitement and due to the arrival of The three “Reyes Magos”, the 3 kings (Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar)  parade the streets accompained by large floats, dancers, and music, throwing large quantities of sweets to the spectators.

This parade is a living representation of a tradition that dates back centuries and symbolizes the arrival of the Three “Reyes Magos” at the nativity scene and at the homes of children where they will leave presents.

After all the excitement outdoors, and just before going to bed, children traditionally leave their shoes out (not their stockings here!) so that the Three Kings can leave gifts – just as they did with the infant Jesus.

Christmas and New Year in Benidorm, 3 kings day

The Three Kings parade 18.00  Great CAVALCADE OF REYES. This year, the Parade will depart from Parque de Elche at 6p.m. advancing though Av. de los Almendros, C/ Marte, C/ Venus, C/ Ruzafa, C/ Herrerías, Plaza de SS.MM. Reyes de España, passing through Parque de l’Aigüeraan ending at Auditorio “Julio Iglesias”. It is there where the Eastern Kings will be on a stage where some children will be able to talk to them.

The day will end with a fireworks display that can be seen from the auditorium.

3 Kings in Benidorm

January 6th –This date marks the Feast of the Epiphany, which is when the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem. Much like Christmas Day around the rest of the world, this is the most important day for Spanish children. In the morning, they will awake to find that Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) have brought them gifts. Families typically start the day on 6th January with a huge breakfast that includes a large, ring-shaped cake called “Roscon de los Reyes”. The traditional sweet treat comes with dried fruits and two surprises hidden inside – the person who finds the ‘prize’ becomes King or Queen for the day, while whoever finds the unlucky ‘bean’ pays for next year’s cake!



Please Note all these temperatures are taken in the SHADE as all Spanish weather forecasts are.

Christmas and New year in Benidorm, December Weather


Temperature 13°C 55°F

Low Temperature 8°C 46°F

High Temperature 17°C 63°F

Sunshine Hours 7 hrs

Chance of Sunny Day 43 %

Rainfall 29mm

Rainfall days 9 days

Chance of Rain 20 %

Chance of Cloudy Day 15 %

Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

Chance of Windy Day 17 %

Christmas and New year in Benidorm, January Weather

Temperature 12°C 53°F

Low Temperature 7°C 44°

High Temperature 16°C 61°F

Sunshine Hours 7 hrs

Chance of Sunny Day 48%

Rainfall 21mm

Rainfall days 9 days

Chance of Rain 19 %

Chance of Cloudy Day 13 %

Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F

Chance of Windy Day 20 %

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