Christmas Holiday in Granada

13 octubre, 2014

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Granada is a city full of life and light. At Christmas, the spirit of joy from those days makes us forget the winter and invites us to discover the traditions of the city of that time: music and flamenco performances, the most traditional cuisine… Besides the visit to the Alhambra, which is absolutely a must, as well as to other places in the city, Granada offers a wide variety of activities in that moment of the year.

Flamenco performance at Christmas in Granada

As well as in many other cities in Spain, it is very common to see groups of children or adults singing to cover with music and Christmas carols the atmosphere of the streets at Christmas. There is also a specific performance known as ‘zambombá’ -in Spanish, a zambomba is a type of rustic drum typical from Christmas instrumental music- where some groups of friends meet on the streets or private clubs in the Albaicín neighborhood in order to sing flamenco Christmas carols and, in a nutshell, to have a good time with both the Christmas spirit and the musical tradition in Andalusia.

Christmas market in Granada

From early December until 6th January, at the surrounding area of the Cathedral it takes place the traditional Christmas market where we will find handmade products from many different materials as leather, wood, ceramic, silver, etc., as well as many sweets and gastronomy specialties. Besides that we will also find the traditional figures for the Nativity scene as well as many accessories for all those who want to set a replica of this scene at home.
Dates: from 1st December to 6th January. Closing days: 25th December and 1st January.
Place: Bib-Rambla square, Pasiegas square, Puerta Real and Humilladero square.
Opening hours: from 11 am to 2 pm, and from 5 pm to 9:30 pm.

Traditional Christmas bakery in Granada

One of the best things of Christmas time is likely to be food. Those days are the ideal pretext to enjoy a great meal with the family or friends, preparing delicious things and allowing yourself to take some culinary excesses. Precisely in Granada the thing is about to take some sugar excess, as at Christmas we are not short of artisan cakes and sweets from the convents and monasteries in the city, where we can directly buy them or, in many cases, order them since early November.
A nice box of the typical cakes in Granada could be the perfect souvenir. You could buy the sweets and cakes in a stand located at Puerta Real during Christmas weeks, or you can also buy them directly on the convents and monasteries, some of which you can also visit and admire the beautiful facades and altarpieces. Here you have a list with some of those places:
Monastery of Comendadoras de Santiago
Address: Santiago, 20, Realejo district.
Opening hours: from 9 am to 7 pm
Monastery of San Jerónimo
Address: rector López Argueta, s/n.
Opening hours: from 10 am to 1 pm, and from 3 pm to 6:30 pm
Monastery of San Bernardo
Address: Gloria, 1, Albaicín district.
Opening hours: from 10:30 am to 6 pm
Monastery of Santa Catalina de Zafra
Address: Carrera del Darro, 39, Albaicín district
Opening hours: from 10:0 am to 6:45 pm
Another popular place in Granada to buy these Christmas sweets and cakes is Casa Pasteles, which is working since 1928 and has several workshops and bakeries. The most popular bakery is located in the Albaicín district (Cuesta Alhacaba, 85) and the opening hours are from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm. They also have a coffee shop at Plaza Larga which is opened every day from 8 am, where we can taste their fantastic artisan products with a good coffee or a delicious hot chocolate.

New Year’s Eve in Granada

Many people in Granada meet every 31st December a few hours before midnight at Plaza del Carmen to welcome the New Year within a nice atmosphere of performances, live music and fireworks. They say goodbye to the finishing year with the Spanish tradition of the twelve grapes to the sound of the bells from the city hall’s clock.

6th January: the Three Wise Men Parade

In Spain, all the children are looking forward to the last day of Christmas, the 6th January, because this is when they will wake up and they will get their Christmas presents. In order to anticipate that special date with illusion and happiness, on 5th January the evening it takes place the popular Parade with the Three Wise Men and some other children world’s character on their colored and bright floats accompanied by music performances and throwing sweets into the air.
Granada is a place that everybody must visit at least once in their life just to walk through its History and discover the Alhambra and many other places in the city. Come to enjoy a special Christmas holiday immersing yourself in the traditions of this beautiful city and have a great stay with all the comfort offered by Genteel Home.