CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM
December 1 – Benidorm town hall is the scene for the traditional lighting of Christmas lights including the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 18.30. There will be kids stuff, music and fireworks during the evening.
Main lighting displays start to be switched on from the week after.
Childrens can enjoy Christmas Holidays in Benidorm, they have lot of activities including:
– Childrens Characters show in square at Town Hall, from 1st of December to 3rd January 2019 (12’30am and 18’30 pm)
– Bouncy Castles from 12: 00h to 14:00h at Christmas square at Town Hall
– The Three Kings Camp from 11:00 to 14:00 at Christmas square at Town Hall during all the holidays
Beninadal fair – December 1st – 6th Jan 2019
Located in the Plaza de SSMM and Gambo Street. Visitors can enjoy shows, and various attractions.
We also have a slightly large skating rink this year.
Also worth visiting are the Nativity scenes at the “La Barqueta” these scenes contain over 600 figures some of them moving and covers an area of 16 meters square. – Calle de Tomás Ortuño, 62
Situated on Gambo Street throughout the month and until December 25. In the village children can visit Santa’s house for free and take pictures with him.
Christmas market – at Elche Park from December 1st 2018 until January 6th 2019
Benidorm will once again host the 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.
Friday, December 21st – Christmas Concerts
20:00 CHRISTMAS CONCERT, by the Choir and Chamber Music Band of the UMB, at the Church of St. James.
20:00 CHRISTMAS CONCERT, by the Benidorm Choir, at the Church of “Nuestra Señora del Carmen” (10, avenueMediterráneo).
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.
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.
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 (Details may change)
After the sucess of last years New Years Eve Party on Levante Beach, this years will be in the same place, it will start at 18.00 until around 02.30. There will be stage areas with DJ’s and five LED screens around the area (from the KU lounge down to Daytona Beach).
The party will start at 18.00 “with a mixture of music suitable for all ages at around 22.00 the DJs will be on with Top 40 music the party continues from 23.00 to 02.30 pm with entertainment in both Spanish and English.
The bells will chime twice once at midnight as is tradition, and again at 01.00 in the morning for the British crowd.
The organisers will distribute party favours, grapes and cava for the midnight toast the firework display will start around 00.15. The display will be set off from the Mirador so it will be clearly visible from both Levante and Poniente beaches.
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.
The Three Kings parade
This year there are more than 800 people participating. The Parade will depart from Elche Park (Dove Park) at 6:00 pm and will cross the streets of Almendros, Marte, Venus, Ruzafa and Herrerías until you reach the Christmas Square at the town hall.
It will be structured in two parts: one playful and a traditional one. The first “is dedicated to the little ones with characters like Mary Poppins or Brave.” The second part, will cover the original story ‘The history of the Three Kings of the East’. This will have more of the traditional elements such as the Christmas Star, and the shepherds etc
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!
BENIDORM OFFICIAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM 2018
Thursday, January 3rd 18:00 to 20:00 The Royal Postman will be at the Christmas square.
Friday, January 4th 18:00 to 20:00 The Royal Postman will be at the Christmas square.
Saturday, January 5th
18:00h GREAT 3 KINGS PARADE Departure from Elche Park (Harbour). Itinerary: Almendros avenue, Marte street, Venus street, Ruzafa street, Herrerias street, Dr. Fleming square, and Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España (Christmas square).
AND ALSO Children characters show at 12:30h at Christmas square at Town Hall: Monday 24th December, Tuesday 25th December, Thursday 27th December, Friday 28th December, Saturday 29th December, Sunday 30th December, Monday 31st December 2018, Wednesday 2nd January and Thursday 3rd January 2019.
Children characters show at 18:30 at Christmas square at Town Hall: Saturday 1st December, Sunday 2nd December, Thursday 6th December, Friday 7th December, Sunday 9th December, Sunday 16th December, Sunday 23rd December, Tuesday 25th December, Wednesday 26th December, Thursday 27th December, Friday 28th December, Sunday 30th December 2018, Tuesday 1st January 2019.
Bouncy Castles from 12: 00h to 14:00h at Christmas square at Town Hall: Sunday 2nd December, Thursday 6th December, Friday 7th December, Saturday 8th December, Sunday 9th December, Saturday, 15th December, Sunday 16th December, Saturday 22nd December, Sunday 23rd December, Monday 24th December, Tuesday 25th December, Wednesday 26th December, Thursday 27th December, Friday 28th December, Saturday 29th December, Sunday 30th December, Monday 31st December 2018, Tuesday 1st January 2019, Wednesday 2nd January and Thursday 3rd January 2019.
The Three Kings Camp from 11:00 to 14:00 at Christmas square at Town Hall: Thursday 27th December, Friday 28th December, Saturday 29th December, Sunday 30th December, Monday 31st December 2018, Tuesday 1st January 2019, Wednesday 2nd January, Thursday 3rd January and Friday 4th January.
ATTRACTIONS AT THE CHRISTMAS SQUARE (ICE RINK!!!) from December 1st 2018 until January 6th 2019.
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE at Gambo street, from December 1st 2018 until January 6th 2019.
CHRISTMAS MARKET, at Elche Park from December 1st 2018 until January 6th 2019.
MARVELLOUS NATIVITY SCENE at the Town Hall at the Town Hall from December 1st 2018 until January 6th 2019.
TRADITIONAL NATIVITY SCENE of “ACR La Barqueta” at Tomás Ortuño street, from December 1st 2018 until January 6th 2019
IMPORTANT: The events management may change the dates or hours of the events, whenever necessary.
Please Note all these temperatures are taken in the SHADE as all Spanish weather forecasts are.
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 days 9 days
Chance of Rain 20 %
Chance of Cloudy Day 15 %
Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F
Chance of Windy Day 17 %
Low Temperature 7°C 44°
High Temperature 16°C 61°F
Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
Chance of Sunny Day 48%
Rainfall days 9 days
Chance of Rain 19 %
Chance of Cloudy Day 13 %
Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F
Chance of Windy Day 20 %