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Things to do at Christmas in Valencia

Valencia is looking Christmassy and there are lots of opportunities to enjoy festive food, traditional decorations, open markets and seasonal attractions.

Take a Christmas stroll through the Old Town to the North Station, stopping along the way at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, to enjoy the tree, nativity scene and skate on the ice rink, which is in the centre of the square until January 7, 2018.

You can also buy original gifts from the Christmas stalls round the square or have a ride on the merry-go-round, take a ride on the tourist train.

Nearby you'll find the Plaza de la Reina, where there's another beautiful Christmas tree next to the cathedral and an impressive life-size nativity scene made by Fallas artists.

Christmas is a wonderful time to visit to the Central Market too, you'll discover all sorts of seasonal and Christmas products. For something different, it's also worth visiting the Colón Market, where there is an amazing range of gastro goods and more wonderful seasonal decorations.

Away from the city centre, the City of Arts looks spectacular at Christmas with lights and the modern skyline making a striking festive image.

Until January 7, you can visit the City of Arts Christmas market with more than 30 stalls selling jewellery, games and vintage products. The space also hosts children's attractions with puppet workshops daily from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, themed workshops at 12 noon or 1.30pm, as well as make-up workshops and circus acts and a play zone with attractions, trampolines, minigolf, fair games and a pedal train. To fuel the fun you can also buy something to eat at one of the food trucks.

Finally, to celebrate the end of the year there'll be a public celebration at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento with music, lights and fireworks. After the midnight chimes of the City Hall clock, the pyro-musical show will begin and the party will continue with two top Valencian DJs, keeping everyone dancing in the square until at least 1.45am.

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