Christmas holiday in Seville

27 octubre, 2014

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We all agree that the most important thing at Christmas is not where we are spending those special days but who are we staying with. When we are within the best company, then visiting Seville could be a great choice for enjoying our Christmas holidays. A beautiful city dressed up for the occasion since early December which makes up the sunlight hours missing in winter with Christmas lights and a wonderful atmosphere in the streets of the city.
Seville’s Christmas decoration invites us to walk by the streets and discover the most popular Christmas traditions as well as the main touristic sights.
Every year we will find next to the Cathedral an exhibition market specialized on figures and accessories for the Nativity scene, which is one of the most popular Christmas markets in Seville. Thousands of people visit this market in order to buy all what they need to set a Nativity scene at home —a Christmas tradition in Spain— and there they will find all the figures but also every little detail for reproducing the scene in detail.
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday from 10:30 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 am to 3 pm and from 4 pm to 9:30 pm.
At the Plaza Nueva, the square next to the city hall, we will find another popular Christmas market with a wide variety of handmade products: clothes and fashion accessories, jewellery, books, desktop articles… Limited edition products with a particular design which may be the perfect Christmas present.
Opening hours: every day from 11 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm.
In recent years, on the other side of the city hall there is a holographic exhibition covering the city hall building with a coloured lights projection in sessions taking place every evening:
From Monday to Thursday: one session every hour from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Weekends: one session every hour from 7 pm to 10 pm.
24th and 31st December: one session at 7 pm and other session at 8 pm.
In the Plaza de la Encarnación, under the impressive building metrosol Parasol better known as “las Setas”, we will find another Christmas market with many different artisan products too: decoration objects, clothes, accessories and also some bakery and candy products. There is another similar market taking place in the Alameda de Hércules, one of the popular areas in the centre of Seville.
Opening hours: every day from 11 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Typical Christmas products in Seville

When we say ‘sweet Christmas’ in Seville this expression doesn’t take a metaphoric sense, because actually there is no lack of sweets nor for excuses for eating them. Now a piece of nougat while a table talk, then taking a little break having some chocolate and ‘churros’ during a Christmas shopping afternoon… We will find all these products in any supermarket or in the Christmas markets we were talking about. The traditional bakery from the monasteries and convents is very popular too and usually there is an exhibition of these products in one of the rooms at the Alcázar Palace in Seville by the 8th December by the occasion of the Immaculate Conception day, an important Christian date. These are the most popular convents in Seville where we can also buy the products:
Convento de San Leandro (Pza. De San Leandro, s/n)
Convento de Santa Ana (Santa Ana, 34)
Convento de Santa Inés (Doña María Coronel, 5)
Convento Madre de Dios de la Piedad (San José, 4)
Monasterio de San Clemente (Reposo, 9)

What could we do in Seville at Christmas?

The Royal Emissary and the Three Wise Men Parade

After Christmas and New Year’s Eve there is still much energy and illusion left for the most expected during Christmas days: the Three King’s Day or Epiphany. All the children write their letters to the Three Wise Men making a list with the presents they would like to have for Christmas. The 4th January at the Royal Emissary Parade they throw their letters with their little trembling hands into the big sack where the pages carry the illusion of those children.
The 5th January in the evening there is a great parade: the Three Wise Men Parade. The float of the East Star leads the rest of the floats from children’s characters and the three floats of Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar. Everybody get ready for catching the candies on the fly (or maybe for dodging them!) and they got passed the happiness from the Bedouins walking between the floats of the parade. Adults and children come back home grinning from ear to ear and excited about the idea of the Three Wise Men coming into their houses and leaving there their Christmas presents.

A funny Christmas day at Isla Magica

During Christmas days, the amusement park Isla Magica which is located at the Cartuja area in Seville is opened with special performances, rides, animated tours especially decorated for Christmas, and so on. Isla Magica is definitely a great choice for both children and adults to have a funny day.
Come to enjoy Seville and its traditions with your partner, family or group of friends and have a luxury holidays with all the comfort staying in one of our apartments in the centre of Seville, in a penthouse next to the Christmas market at the Encarnacion square or in any other property offered by Genteel Home.