Christmas Day is on 25 December every year. Christmas in Spain is a little different from other parts of Northern Europe. The streets are decorated with lights and there are belens and grottos for the children to visit Santa Claus.
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Many think that because of Marbella’s wonderful climate it is just a summer destination.
But the lights that shine over the cobbled streets of the old town transform it into a magical wonderland. There is plenty to entertain everyone in Marbella at Christmas. Christmas concerts, magic shows, animated adventures for the younger children, ice rinks, puppet shows and entertainment in the Plaza de la Iglesia.
There are ballets and operas live at the theatre or streamed directly at the cinemas. There are Christmas bazaars offering wonderful gifts and foods from many different places in the world. So you can still enjoy our wonderful weather during the day and wrap up and enjoy the Christmas spirit in the evening. You will find many nativity scenes in and around town and some live ones as well. There are Papa Noel (Santa Claus) grottos for the children with boxes enabling them to post their requests for gifts.
In most of the supermarkets you will find a wide range of confectionary, sweets, cakes, marzipans etc., which are traditionally consumed during this season all over Spain.
Turrones: Probably the most famous of all sweets made for the festive season. Turrón is made of pure honey, sugar, and almonds. There are dozens of varieties available.
Polvorones: Originating from the word polvo (powder or dust), this is another of the most sought out sweets. Similar to a shortbread in consistency, soft and crumbly with almonds.
Mantecados: Similar to polvorones but without the almonds they can also be covered in cinnamon or cocoa, lemon flavoured or even coconut.
Mazapán (marzipan): Marzipan is another symbol of Christmas in Spain. Made of almonds, sugar and egg, mazapán is typically made into creative shapes and figurines.
On Noche Buena (Christmas Eve), Spanish people usually go to mass and families have their Christmas dinner. Restaurants and bars are usually closed and the streets are relatively quiet. Turkey and seafood are popular choices.
Traditionally, gifts were only exchanged on Three Kings’ Day (6 January). These days, gifts are exchanged at Christmas and on Three Kings’ Day. I’m sure the children love this idea! On Christmas Day, the restaurants are extremely busy. You will find some of the more popular ones on our Event Calendar.