Best December Festivals in Spain

Spain is pretty quite when it comes to festivals as the country starts preparing for the Christmas festivities.

Christmas is no doubt the biggest lure in Spain during December, especially if you are looking to enjoy the festive season like the locals.

Every year the Christmas period ushers in a whole variety of parties dedicated to religion, music, the arts and dance.

Christmas Lights

Cristmas Lights Spain
Cristmas Lights Spain


Belens - Nativity Scene

Belen Nativity Scenes
Belen Nativity Scenes

Creating a nativity scene ( Belen ) is an important part of the Christmas festivities in Spain.

You will find these nativity scenes all around Spain in all shapes and sizes.  Some are made from just a few pieces and others are extremely elaborate

Check the local tourism office and they will inform you where you can find the best local Belen's.  Many will be on display and open to the public, most offer free entrance.

Dia de Navidad – Christmas Day

Christmas Day – Dia de Navidad is where families get together en enjoy a relaxing day together of fun and food.

Gifts are not traditionally given out on Christmas day in Spain, that is reserved for the Kings Day on the 6th January, although it is quite normal to hand out a few presents to the children on the 24th and 25th.

For most Spanish people, Christmas eve is the big event, this is where families get together to enjoy lots of traditional Christmas food such as fish and seafood and a range of cakes and pastries.

The most popular Christmas sweets include, Turron, Mantecados, Polverones, Alfajores, Roscos de Vino and Hojaldrinas.

» Christmas in Spain - What you need to know

Migas Festival Torrox Andalucia

The Migas festival Torrox is dedicated to a local dish made out of breadcrumbs.

Fira de Santa Lucia Christmas Market Barcelona

Start at the end of November and ends the 23rd December the Fira de Santa Lucia market is a great place to pick a Christmas bargain.

Stallholders set up an open-air market around the streets at the Cathedral in Barcelona.

People visit the market to buy Christmas decorations, trees, handicrafts, and other trinkets.

Dia de la Constitucion – Constitution day

Falls on the 6th December each year and is a national holiday.

Immaculate Conception

This is held on the 8th December each year and is another national holiday.

Dia de Los Santos Inocentes

This one is quite similar to the April Fools’ Day and is again a cherished part of fiestas Spain offers during December. People use it as an excuse to do some really “silly” stuff.

Gospel Festival Madrid

American gospel is brought to Madrid each year where the great exponents of this musical genre bring joy in song during the Christmas festive season.

» Gospel Festival Madrid

Juvenalia Madrid

Although this is more of a trade fair than the typical Spanish festival, it is well worth visiting if you have kids.

Juvenalia is held at the IFEMA exhibition centre Madrid, the fare is all about children, toys, books, clothing and sporting activities.

There is an offering of juggling, music, storytelling, and much more.


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Best Festivals in Spain - Month by Month

National Holidays in Spain

Jan 1st -  New Years Day - Ano Nuevo
Jan 6th - 12th night, The Three Kings  - Dia de los Reyes
Mar 19th - Fathers Day - San Jose
Variable - Good Friday - Viernes Santo
May 1st - Labour Day - Dia del Trabajador
Aug 15th -  Assumption - Dia del Asuncion
Oct 12th - Spanish National Day - Dia de la Hispanidad
Nov 1st -  All Saints Day - Todos los Santos
Dec 6th -  Constitution Day - Dia de la Constitucion<
Dec 8th -  Immaculate Conception - Imaculada Concepcion
Dec 25th - Christmas Day - Navidad