When we went to Spain during Christmas, the change in seasons was obvious.
There was a festive spirit in the air that was immediately noticeable and it added to the allure of being there. Whether we were eating fish in Spain or visiting the Alhambra in Spain, it was all about the Christmas season in the area.
The charm of coming to Spain in the winter was hard to beat.
We took the time to visit various cathedrals throughout Spain and it was a fantastic experience. Just being able to mingle with the locals, learning more about the local celebrations, and also getting into the festive spirit is hard to beat.
We had a great time and it was an experience that’s hard to beat.
To showcase more about Christmas in Spain, we are going to shed light on what our experience included and how it can amplify your time in this part of Europe.
Christmas Decorations In Spain
Let’s begin with the decorations for Christmas in Spain.
It is common for you to begin to notice a change in the festivities when December rolls around. They have what is known as the El Gordo, which is a draw that takes place during this time of the year.
It is a draw that is hosted right before Christmas when things are heavily underway. The preparation for this draw tends to help encourage the placement of Christmas decorations throughout Spain including trees, wreaths, Christmas lights, and more.
The lighting that is set up will dazzle you.
We were impressed by how all of the shops were using different types of Christmas lights and the depth of their creativity was on full display. We could not believe our eyes because they do put in the effort to do things the right way.
You can tell they take the time to set up what is known as a Christmas market. This adds to your experience including the gifts, desserts, flowers, and of course, statues that are put up celebrating the season.
The Days Of Christmas In Spain
This is also known as “Christmas Eve” in the rest of the world. It’s the day right before Christmas and it’s special to everyone including the locals.
La Nochebuena is a time for everyone to get together and begin to celebrate this beautiful time of the year. It is common for people to host parties during this time of the week and they will often bring their family/friends together to have fun.
We went to one of these Christmas Eve parties and it was a blast.
They had set up amazing food for dinner and it simply added to the local experience. This included giving us roasted lamb, Turron, and pork.
It was a lot of fun to be able to eat good, local food made with heart.
Of course, there are also the festivities associated with gift-giving. The people at the party had taken the time to give gifts to help celebrate the day. It is an integral part of the day and it is something they do with a passion
Dia de Navidad
This is what you would call “Christmas Day” around the world and of course, it’s a moment where people get together and relax.
Yes, most people are going to be off on this day, so they tend to stay in with the family. It is a day where you can meet with family/friends or just stay in and have a good time.
We also took the time to walk around and just explore the quieter streets on this day.
Dia de Los Santos Inocentes
This is a local celebration that takes place in Spain during Christmas and we didn’t know about it!
One of the locals asked us whether or not we were going to enjoy Dia de Los Santos Inocentes and we were unsure about what it was. In essence, it is known as Holy Innocents’ Day among the locals and is a way to have fun differently.
It is where you tend to joke around and just have a good time. You will pull each other’s leg and get those pranks in.
Of course, this will make you think of April Fools Day, and rightly so. It is similar.
We had a wonderful time because they were also hosting celebrations for the day on the 28th of December, which was a lot of fun.
Now, you are going to be in the thick of things when you’re in Spain.
The fun will be happening throughout the week and the year is about to end. This means you are now going to start seeing people bring out more lights and decorations to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
We loved it.
It was common to see fireworks being launched into the air during this day. It was just like you would see in other parts of the world and people were drinking the night away as they headed into the next year.
We highly recommend taking the time to enjoy this day in Barcelona. People were everywhere during the night and just having a good time.
Dia de Los Reyes Magos
Are the celebrations over as soon as you are into January?
No, the Christmas celebrations in Spain are going to continue but this time it’s going to be in the form of Dia de Los Reyes Magos.
This is a key celebration because it helps celebrate the history of Spain and it’s common for a parade to be hosted in all of the major cities. We went to the parade known as the Three Kings Parade in Barcelona and it was a lot of fun.
You get to see people dress up, perform, and just have a good time.
It is going to allow you to also learn more about the religion in the area and it is common for people to also have fun during the day.
This is going to be the last day that you end up celebrating Christmas in Spain and it will be a great way to relax, eat well, and have a good time.
This is what Christmas decorations in Spain are all about along with the various days that occur during the Christmas season in Spain.
We loved our time here and it was a lot of fun too.
Amanda Harper is a travel enthusiast with 10+ years of traveling experience across the planet. Her passion for writing and travel makes her a walking bibliography on modern-day tourism.