There are lots of exciting things to do and see in Alicante during Christmas time. Children can visit Santas Grotto, you can enjoy a Christmas sweet market, enjoy a festive market, go skating on the temporary ice rink, celebrate New Years Eve and visit the traditional nativity scenes!
The Christmas Market in Alicantes is situated along Avenida de Federico Soto, which is the main road from the marina up to the Plaza de Los Luceros. The market stalls will be selling a selection of Christmas fayre, but mainly figurines for nativity displays and are open every day (except Christmas Day and New Years Day) from the 1st December until the 6th January.
Opening times : Everyday December 1st to January 6th 10.00-15.00 and 17.00-23.00
Fantastic Christmas feeling if you visit Avenida de Frederico Soto, will be a number of stalls selling a selection of Christmas sweets, dried fruits and cakes from the 20th to the 24th December.
Opening times : 20th to 24th December 10.00-23.00
From 19th to 22nd December in the Plaza de Gabriel Miro, there will be around 50 craft stalls with live music, activities and games for children, plus a living nativity complete with some of the animals who shared the stable with Mary and Joseph
Opening times : 19th December 17.00 to 21.00 and 20th to 23rd December 11.00-14.30 and 17.00-21.00.
The Municipal Belen, or Nativity Scene, which is situated in the Plaza de la Montaneta will be open from the 16th December to 8th January. The other, which is situated in the Town Hall is the Panoramico Belen. Opening times : 1st December to 6th January Monday-Friday 09.00-14.00 and 17.00-20.00 and Saturdays and Sundays 09.00-13.00
In the house of Santa Claus, located in the Plaza Seneca it will snow everyday at 20:00! Plus childrens activities and games, music and the chance to see Father Christmas for free.
Opening times :11.00--14.00 and 17.00-21.00
This temporary 390m2 ice skating rink will be located in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento from the 1st December to 6th January, costing just a few Euros for 45 minutes skating.
Opening times : Everyday from 1st December to 6th January 10.00-14.00 and 16.00-22.00
Traditional Spanish Christmas dinner is not turkey and trimmings, but seafood is usually high on the agenda and prices tend to go through the roof in the run up to Christmas in Alicante. The first course is usually of cold shellfish and cold cuts of meat. This is then followed by soup, baked fish and potatoes followed by roast lamb or perhaps suckling pig. The meal will be complemented with Cava, Spains excellent sparkling wine and trays of Spanish Christmas cakes and nougats are eaten on the Eve of Christmas in Alicante.
Last, but not least, is a local delicacy that you must try during Christmas in Alicante. Turron nougat is locally made, around 20km from Alicante, and is made from honey, eggs, sugar and almonds and is very readily available in all Spanish supermarkets in Gran Alacant and Alicante.
Also, if you are in Alicante during the run up to Christmas do not forget to buy a ticket for the state-run lottery which was drawn on December 22nd. El Gordo (the Fat One) is one of the largest lotteries in the world and thousands of people win each year.