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 specially if you are looking to enjoy the festive season like the locals. Every year Christmas ushers in a  variety of parties dedicated to religion, music, the arts and dance.


Dia de Navidad – Christmas Day

Christmas Day – Dia de Navidad – Look out for the Belens ( Nativity Scenes ) made up by the locals in most towns across Spain, some of which are quite spectacular in there size and detail.

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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.

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Migas Festival Torrox Andalucia

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

Juvenalia Madrid

Although this is more of a trade fare 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 offering of juggling, music, storytelling, and much more.

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. Stall holders set up an open-air market around the streets at the Cathedral in Barcelona.  Here thousands of people, both local and visitors, come to buy Christmas decorations, trees, handicrafts, and many other works of art.

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Public holiday calendar 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