December in Spain ushers in a festive and magical atmosphere, making it a wonderful time to experience the country's rich cultural traditions and holiday celebrations. From vibrant city streets to tranquil countryside, Spain offers a delightful range of experiences for those seeking a December getaway.
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A holiday in Spain during the magical month of December opens doors to a world where ancient traditions blend with the festive spirit. As winter descends on this diverse and vibrant country, Spain dons a cloak of holiday cheer and invites travellers to explore its cities, coastal gems and mountain retreats. From the bustling markets of Barcelona to the glittering streets of Madrid, from the snowy landscapes of Granada to the coastal allure of Malaga and the Costa del Sol, each destination tells a unique story of cultural richness and celebration. Join me as we delve into the heart of Spain, where historical wonders meet the warmth of local festivities, creating a December adventure that promises memories as rich and varied as the country itself.
In December, Barcelona hosts the Fira de Santa Llucia, one of the city's oldest and most traditional Christmas markets. Located in front of the cathedral, the market offers a variety of handmade decorations, nativity scenes and festive treats. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit as you explore the stalls and enjoy the seasonal atmosphere.
Caga Tió brings the kids gifts at Christmas
In Madrid, the Plaza Mayor is transformed into a winter wonderland for the city's largest Christmas market. The market features over a hundred stalls selling decorations, crafts and seasonal treats. Don't miss the lighting of the Christmas tree in Puerta del Sol, which marks the official start of the festive season. Join locals and visitors alike in the festive atmosphere.
Plaza del Sol Madrid
Seville comes alive in December with the Feria del Belén, a charming Christmas market dedicated to nativity scenes. Located in the historic centre, the market features intricate nativity scenes, handmade crafts and festive decorations. The city also hosts various Christmas concerts and processions, offering a unique blend of cultural and religious celebrations.
Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Granada offers a magical setting for December festivities. Explore the Christmas market in the Bib-Rambla square, where you can find local crafts, seasonal treats and even an outdoor skating rink. The Alhambra is beautifully illuminated in the evening, creating an enchanting backdrop for your holiday exploration.
Bib-Rambla in Sierra Nevada
Malaga kicks off the festive season with the switch-on of the city's Christmas lights. The historic centre is festively decorated and Calle Larios becomes a spectacular display of lights and colours. The city also hosts a Christmas market with traditional crafts and local delicacies. Along the Costa del Sol, various towns celebrate the season with their own unique events, combining coastal charm with holiday cheer.
In Marbella, the old town exudes a festive atmosphere with Christmas lights and decorations. The Plaza de los Naranjos, surrounded by charming cafes and shops, becomes the focal point of the festivities. Soak up the buzz, explore the local markets and perhaps attend special events at upmarket establishments.
Nerja gets into the festive spirit with its Christmas Market, offering a delightful mix of local crafts, decorations and seasonal treats. The Balcony of Europe, with its breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, becomes an enchanting setting for holiday strolls. Explore the narrow streets of the old town, decked out in festive lights.
Fuengirola hosts a lively Christmas market along the Paseo Maritimo, overlooking the sea. The market features stalls selling handmade crafts, gifts and festive treats. Join the locals in Plaza de la Constitución for festive concerts and events and soak up the festive atmosphere.
The Malaga Mountains, with towns such as Ronda and Mijas, offer a tranquil escape with local festivities. Explore the cobbled streets decorated with Christmas lights and visit the town squares with their traditional markets and seasonal events. Experience the warmth of these charming mountain retreats during the festive season.
Cordoba's historic streets and squares come alive in December with festive lights and decorations. The city hosts a Christmas market where you can find regional crafts, seasonal food and unique gifts. Explore the Mezquita-Catedral, beautifully illuminated for the holidays, and enjoy the cultural richness of this Andalusian gem.
Mezquita-Cathedral in Córdoba
As our December journey through Spain's enchanting landscapes and festive cities draws to a close, memories of holiday cheer and cultural exploration linger. From the majestic Alhambra in Granada to the lively streets of Barcelona and the coastal charm of Malaga and the Costa del Sol, Spain has unveiled its winter wonders. As you contemplate your next adventure, take the opportunity to extend the magic with our limited time hotel offers. Embrace the warmth of Spanish hospitality and enjoy the lingering moments of December's festivities, creating a getaway filled with joy and unforgettable experiences. Your Spanish adventure awaits, and with our exclusive hotel offers, the allure of a winter escape becomes even more enticing.