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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS EVE IN BENIDORM

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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

Christmas village

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.

December 9 – 7th Annual Carol Service

The English Church Benidorm. Torre Principado, Local 12, Avda Madrid 26

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 parade normally begins at 6pm from the Doves Park in Benidorm (Parque de Elche), and generally follows this route: Almendros Avenue, Marte street, Venus street, Ruzafa street, Herrerías street, Doctor Flemming square, and finishing at the Plaza de SSMM los Reyes de España (La AigueraPark, where the City Hall is).

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

Saturday, December 1st

18:30 OPENING OF THE CHRISTMAS ́ SQUARE. Christmas ́ Announcement and Lighting of the Christmas ́ streetligths.

Saturday, December 8th

18:00 Musical theatre “En las nubes” by “Compañía La Negra”. At the Town Hall (assembly hall).

19:00 Children characters show at Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España (Christmas Square).

19:30 Musical theatre “En las nubes” by “Compañía La Negra”. At the Town Hall (assembly hall). 20:00 Inauguration of the NATIVITY SCENE OF THE “ACR LA BARQUETA”, at Tomás Ortuño street. Open until January 6th 2019.

Sunday, December 9th

12:00 Christmas Carols sung by “TRAMONTANA”, at Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España (Christmas Square).

Saturday, December 15th

18:30 “Do not disturb “ by “Vaivén Circo”, at Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España (Christmas Square).

20:00 Christmas Carols sung by “TRAMONTANA”, at Almudena Church (4, Jardines street).

Sunday, December 16th

12:00 Dance performance from “Conservatorio Municipal de Danza” (Benidorm Dance School).

20:00 CHRISTMAS CONCERT, by the Benidorm Choir, at the Church of St. James.

Friday, December 21st

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, avenue Mediterráneo).

Saturday, December 22th 12:00 Dance performance from “ Estudio de Danza Pilar Segura”. 1

8:30 Theatre: “Navidad Rock” by “Trébol Teatro” at Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España (Christmas Square).

20:00 Christmas Carols sung by “TRAMONTANA”, at the Church of St. James.

20:30 CHRISTMAS CONCERT, by “Societat Musical La Nova de Benidorm”, at Almudena Church (4, Jardines street).

Sunday, December 23th

20:00 CHRISTMAS CONCERT, by the ACR “La Barqueta” and Camerata Ars Cantica”, at the Church of St. James.

Monday, December 24th

24:00 NIT DE NADAL (Christmas Night Party) organised by the 2018 Major Fiestas Comission.

Saturday, December 29th

18:30 Theatre: “Había una vez el mundo”, by “Escenoart” at Plaza SSMM Los Reyes de España (Christmas Square).

Monday, December 31st NEW YEAR ́S EVE PARTY, at Levante beach promenade (Bilbao Street).

Wednesday, January 2nd

18:00 to 20:00 The Royal Postman will be at the Christmas square.

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.

THE WEATHER

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

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 %

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 EVE

TALK OF THE COAST

CHRISTMAS MENUS

The Corner Bar, Rincon de Loix

Phoenix Bar and Grill – New Town, Yellow Brick Road

Yorkshire Pride 1

Hurler – New Town

Nags Head – New Town

1pm sitting.

Neil´s Brasserie – Old town

Christmas day at Neil’s brasserie 1.30 and 5.30 sitting
ONLY A COUPLE OF TABLES LEFT

Amigos Restaurant and Roof Terrace in the Old Town

are closed for walk-ins throughout December, however, we are offering a Special Christmas Fayre Party Menu for Group Bookings of 8 people or more in the afternoons or evenings for 35 euros per person.

We will open Magic Moments Cocktail Bar for drinks and singalong if pre-arranged.

We have a couple of cancellations for the Christmas Night sitting (25th) which starts at 6pm with pre-dinner cocktails in Magic Moments. The Christmas Night Menu is 78 euros per person.

Christmas Daytime 1pm sitting and New Years Eve I’m afraid we are full.  Call me on 07951 776 435 / +34 696 548 252

email: [email protected]  All bookings will require a small deposit.

Trotters International Trading Bar

7 Keys 

If you book and pay your deposit of €5.00 pp the cost is 19.95 before October 31st. thereafter it will be 26.95.

Ibiza 21

Two Palms

Two Palms Christmas party time up until 24th December 
From 8 up to 42 people (Children catered for)
29.95 per person includes 1/2 bottle of house wine

Starters:
Pate
Garlic mushrooms
Homemade soup

Mains:
Turkey with all the trimmings
Joint of lamb slow roasted
Roast beef

Desserts:
Cheesecake
Cheeseboard
Trifle

Mince pies

 

Molly´s British Bar and Restaurant – Old Town

Christmas at BUDDHA BAR

Phoenix Bar and Grill

SHOWBOAT

 

NEW YEARS EVE

Ibiza 21 

The London Bar

New years eve at the London bar. 9.30- ska tribute- all greatest ska and modern songs. 11-1 Johnny Hellraiser solo show. Greatest rock classics and modern remixes from a Benidorm great. Karaoke til late with DJ Darren. FREE buffet and Fizz on both sets of bells!! So come and celebrate the new year here with Dave and his team!

Neils Brasserie

Showboat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jean Dormand
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Jean Dormand

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

Josh Smith
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Josh Smith

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

Dennis Sinned
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Dennis Sinned

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

Amy Gilmour
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Amy Gilmour

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

Tracy Ann
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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 restaurants here – https://www.benidormseriously.com/members/?business_type_18=Restaurant&um_search=1

Trish
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Trish

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

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