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Christmas and New Year in Benidorm

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.

Generally there is lots of live entertainment in town, this year may obviously be different.   To find out who is performing When and Where use the Whats On Guide, which is updated on a daily basis.

Benidorm Seriously Whats On Guide

Hotels Recommended for Christmas and New Year

Children can enjoy Christmas Holidays in Benidorm, normally there are lots of special activities provided: 2021 may be different due to Covid Restrictions, information will be updated when details are officially announced.

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Christmas and New Year in Benidorm 

BELOW ARE THE NORMAL EVENTS THAT TAKE PLACE - when 2021 events are announced this page will be fully updated

The Ice Rink - Normally open from Late November/early December to 6th January 

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!  Boots  Hire is available and included in the hourly price - Please wear long trousers and gloves or you wont be permitted to skate.

Christmas and new year in Benidorm, Ice Rink

Christmas market - Elche Park, from early December to 6th January TBC

Traditional Christmas Market (Mercat de Nadal), organized by the Festival Committee, where you can buy traditional and local products from the area and typical of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS´HOUSE and WONDERFUL NATIVITY SCENE . At Casa- Museo Hort de Colón, TBC
Opening times: from 10:30 to 13:30h and from 17:00 to 20:00h, except on the 24th
and 31st of December and 5th of January 2020 (from 10:30 to 13:30h). CLOSED on the
25th December 2020 and 1st of January 2021.

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 

December. 22nd - Most Spanish will be glued to the TV watching the children calling/singing out the numbers and prizes of the Lotería de Navidad, which is likely the most followed Spanish lottery during the entire year.

December 24th – 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.

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.

December 27th -  Children can leave a letter for the wise men in the Christmas Square. On January 3, the Royal Postman arrives in Benidorm to announce the arrival of the Three Kings of the East.

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.

Christmas and New Year in Benidorm 

NEW YEAR

December 31st–In Spain, New Year’s Eve is called Noche Vieja (old year). 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 centers, 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 EVE PARTY

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.

January 5th 

There are parades and processions throughout Spain during the evening where participants receive sweets and candies thrown from the floats. 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

January 5th

The Three Kings parade 18.00 

Departure from elche park. Tour: AV. Almond Trees, c / Mars, c / Venus, c / Ruzafa, c / Herrerías, PL. Dr. Fleming and PL. From SS. MM. Kings of Spain.

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!

THE WEATHER

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

Christmas and New year in Benidorm, December Weather

WINTER STARTS 21st

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 %

CHRISTMAS 2021 MENUS 

SHOWBOAT 

WOOKY HOLLOW 2

2 time slots available, the first at 1pm and the second at 4pm , please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested as we have several reservations already. 

 Due to the large number of requests for Christmas Dinners that we have had every year , and that we have not been able to attend because we were fully booked. This year 2021

we will have 2 seatings, the first seating will be at 1pm and the second at 4pm , please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested as we have several reservations already. Thanks very much.

Yorkshire Pride 3

Bookings now being taken - To book message Yorkshire Pride page or ring 966800850. €10 deposit pp required 

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Amazing article. Couldn't be write much better!

Best regards,
Demir Cannon

Demir
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We live in El Campello, 35 mins from Benidorm. We have friends visiting for New Years so we want to bring to Beni for a meal, drinks then beach party. Struggling to find transport back at about 2am for the 6 of us. I have tried all recommended on...

We live in El Campello, 35 mins from Benidorm. We have friends visiting for New Years so we want to bring to Beni for a meal, drinks then beach party. Struggling to find transport back at about 2am for the 6 of us. I have tried all recommended on here (fully booked) and another who is quoting 180Euros + 10%VAT. Any suggestions please? TIA

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Brendan Madden
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Unfortunately they will all be expensive and hard to get for that night, have you contacted Beniconnect etc also worth trying Radio Taxi as they may have some 7 seaters available?

Tracy Ann
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Not there for new year but will be there for our first Xmas away from home

Julie
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I thought I would share my blog which I wrote yesterday in respect of my Christmas in Benidorm, which I enjoyed immensely.

https://awriterinedinburgh.wordpress.com/christmas-in-benidorm

Scott Dixon
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Brilliant write up. I truly enjoyed reading this. Well done and many thanks x

Phil Evans
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Thank you Phil. Much appreciated x

Jill Shail
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Hey everyone for the party at the beach on New Year’s Eve, do you need tickets etc? Also recommendations for a nice dinner before? Coming for the first time with friends and family

Amy Gilmour
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You don't need ticket for the beach party bring a bottle of bubbly and plastic glasses to bring in the new year. All the pubs and restaurants are chock full. Brilliant atmosphere

Trish
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Hi Amy, no tickets are not required for the beach party on NYE, just turn up and follow the crowds, you will find some suggestions on this page for eating out and no doubt more information will be added x you will also find information on local...

Hi Amy, no tickets are not required for the beach party on NYE, just turn up and follow the crowds, you will find some suggestions on this page for eating out and no doubt more information will be added x you will also find information on local restaurants here - https://www.benidormseriously.com/members/?business_type_18=Restaurant&;um_search=1

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Tracy Ann
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If you haven't been there at that time of year just go. We have many times.

Dennis Sinned
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Hotels are best for new years I don't have the gala meal though 7pm is too late for 7pm lol

Josh Smith
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I’m waiting until 6 weeks before Christmas then look on Tui late deals.x

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