Valencia's veritable feast of Christmas fun
- Thursday, 17 December 2015
Valencia is dressed for Christmas with decorations around the city and a veritable feast of festive activities and attractions to visit.
The most Chritsmassy walking route starts in the heart of Valencia at the City Hall Square, where your attention will be drawn by the Christmas tree and you can enjoy skating on the amazing ice rink, which will be there until 10 January.
Until 6 January you'll also find the Crystal Hall and traditional life size nativity display, with bible scenes of Nazareth, Bethlehem and the flight into Egypt.
Continue the route down the road to the Plaza de la Reina, where you'll see another enormous Christmas tree, measuring 55 feet (17m) tall. Just across the square you can browse a traditional Christmas market, with 27 stalls open until 6 January offering wonderful artisan products, right next to the Catedral and Miguelete bell tower. While you're there, you can also take the opportunity to visit the nativity scene inside the Cathedral itself.
For food-lovers, the Christmas Gastronomy Market round the corner at the Mercado de Tapineria is a must-see. From 18 to 20 December you'll find a festival of Valencian food and drinks products including artisan beers and wines, traditional sweet nougat-style turrones and other delicious festive treats
If you're looking for more hand-made gifts then head over to Colon market where, from 17 December to 5 January, there's a fantastic collection of local artisan goods on sale, from ceramics and glassware to leather and wooden toys. You're sure to find that special gift you're looking for.
Just down the riverbed the City of Arts and Science is also unmissable over the festive season. Apart from the spectacular Christmas decorations there is also a heap of great things to see and do for all the family. From 18 December to 6 January you'll find an extensive Christmas market in the Umbracle gardens, with 30 stalls selling jewellery, wooden toys and vintage products, and juggling workshops every morning and afternoon. There is also a Charity Corner where you can make donations of cash and toys to a range of good causes.
For kids and big kids there will be puppet shows on 24 and 31 December and 5 January and a Valencian Christmas musical production, Ja arriba Nadal (Christmas is here) on 18 and 26 December and 2 January at 7pm. All of this is accompanied by yummy food stalls, a kids' play area and public ice rink.
And if this isn't already enough for you to fill your Christmas boots and stockings, there's a Christmas funfair with all sorts of rides to enjoy next to the clock tower at the Juan Carlos I marina, and a special Kings Day market nearby in the Cabanyal district from 2 January to late at night on 5 January, when the Three Kings traditionally deliver their gifts to children in Spain.