There are lots of exciting things to do and see in Alicante during Christmas time. Children can visit Santas Grotto, you can enjoy a Christmas sweet market, enjoy a festive market, go skating on the temporary ice The Christmas Market will be located in Paseo Federico Soto. The stalls will be open everyday from the 1st December until the 5th January, except Christmas Day and New Years Day. They will be selling a selection of goodies but mainly figurines for nativity displays.
Opening times : Everyday December 1st to January 5th 10.00-15.00 and 17.00-23.00
Fantastic Christmas feeling if you visit Avenida de Frederico Soto, will be a number of stalls selling a selection of Christmas sweets, dried fruits and cakes from the 20th to the 24th December.
Opening times : 20th to 24th December 10.00-23.00 (can vary)
From 14th to 23rd December in the Edificio Seneca in the Plaza Seneca there will be around 50 craft stalls with live music, activities and games for children, plus a living nativity complete with some of the animals who shared the stable with Mary and Joseph.
Opening times : 11.00 to 19.00 (can vary)
The Municipal Belen, or Nativity Scene, which is situated in the Plaza de la Montaneta will be open from the 30th November to 6th January. The other, which is situated in the Town Hall is the Panoramico Belen. Opening times : Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00 and Saturdays 09.00 - 13.00 and 18.00 - 20.00 and Sundays 09.00-13.00 (can vary)
In the house of Santa Claus, it will snow everyday at 20:00! Plus childrens activities and games, music and the chance to see Father Christmas for free. Open from 1st - 24th December.
Opening times : Mondays – Thursdays 10:00 - 14:00 & 17:00 - 22:00, Fridays – Sundays 10.0 – 14.00 and 17.00 – 24.00
This temporary 390m2 ice skating rink and toboggan run will be located in the Plaza del Toros from the 1st December to 6th January, costing just a few Euros for 45 minutes skating.
Opening times : 10:00 to 22:00 (24th & 31st December 10.00 – 15.00) and 25th December and 1st January 10.00 – 16.00 (can vary)
Traditional Spanish Christmas dinner is not turkey and trimmings, but seafood is usually high on the agenda and prices tend to go through the roof in the run up to Christmas in Alicante. The first course is usually of cold shellfish and cold cuts of meat. This is then followed by soup, baked fish and potatoes followed by roast lamb or perhaps suckling pig. The meal will be complemented with Cava, Spains excellent sparkling wine and trays of Spanish Christmas cakes and nougats are eaten on the Eve of Christmas in Alicante.
Last, but not least, is a local delicacy that you must try during Christmas in Alicante. Turron nougat is locally made, around 20km from Alicante, and is made from honey, eggs, sugar and almonds and is very readily available in all Spanish supermarkets in Gran Alacant and Alicante.
Also, if you are in Alicante during the run up to Christmas do not forget to buy a ticket for the state-run lottery which was drawn on December 22nd. El Gordo (the Fat One) is one of the largest lotteries in the world and thousands of people win each year.