Are you visiting Valencia during the holidays? Valencia might not have a white Christmas but you will definitely feel the holiday spirit in the city. Ever sat on a terrace in the sun in December? With a bit of luck you can enjoy the Valencian sun with a drink during this season. On this page you will find information about Christmas in Valencia and where the real hotspots are during these days.
Plaza Ayuntamiento is decorated beautifully during the holidays. A large Christmas tree and lights are placed on the square and most of the palm trees are also decorated with Christmas lights. It is definitely worth seeing! Many places in the city centre are lit, for example the streets Calle San Vicente Martir and Calle La Paz. You can also find some ice rinks in Valencia. Two of them are situated in the Aqua shopping mall and nearby the El Saler shopping mall.
Christmas cribs and markets are located throughout the city. Large cribs are placed in the cathedral and the Mercado Colon. A little market in front of the cathedral (in the historical centre) sells delicious products like turron, marzipan and polvoron (typical sweets from Valencia during Christmas).
You will be able to recognize the smell of roasted chestnuts during the holidays in Spain. You can find stands with chestnuts on almost every corner of the street. They also sell almonds. Difficult to walk by without taking a look and tasting this typical Christmas treat.So what is there to do in Valencia during the holiday season? Hereby you will find an overview of the activities in December
Christmas in Valencia with children
What is a nicer way then to celebrate a holiday with a lot of fun? In Valencia there are many activities for children and these ones are the most popular:
We think the circus is one big party! An attractive show with clowns and acrobats is ideal for an evening out. Fortunately, there are many circuses around the holidays.
Gran Circo Wonderland
This year is already the eleventh year of Circo Wonderland in Valencia! The show consists of two parts. In the first part the story of Peter Pan will be told and in the second part you can see authentic circus acts.
Date: 2nd of December 2016 – 15th of January 2017
Location: Avenida Pio Baroja 3
Price: between 10 and 37 Euros (depending on the seat
Circ de Nadal – El Rey de la Selva
Everyone knows the story of theLion King. This circus takes you to Africa and tells the story about love, nature, respect and family
Date: 25th of November – 15th of January 2017
Location: Avenida Maestro Rodrigo
Price: from € 9, –
Circo Gran Fele
Also this year Circo Gran Fele presents again their show El Tren. In this show you will be taken on a magical, impossible, but great train journey to an unknown destination. This show is suitable for all ages.
Date: 23rd of December – 8th of January 2017
Location: Espai la Rambleta, Carrer de Pius IX
Price: € 20, – (1st rows), € 10, – (2nd rows)
Tip: keep in mind that the taxis in Valencia are quit cheap.
Gran Circo Alaska
Gran Circo Alaska is a feast for the whole family. The show is packed with spectacularacts like trapeze, rings, acrobatics and magicians. For the kids there will besome special guests!
Date: 8th of December – 8th of January 2017
Location: Avenida de les TresCreus
Price: between € 7.50 and € 13.50 (depending on availability)
Are you looking for a place in Valencia where children can play? Visit the funfair of Valencia! This gigantic funfair is situated close to the harbour and is the ideal place to spend a couple of hours. Cool stands, attractions, delicious food and a ferris wheel! On the 20th, 21st and 22nd there are specially organized children days.
Avenida del Puerto 330
Price: no entry fee; you pay per attraction (between 1 and 3 Euros)
Dates: 3rd of December 2016 – 22 January 2017
Opening times: from 11:00 – 14:00 and 20:00 – 00:30
On Fridays, Saturdays and holidays till 01.30
La Cuidad de las Artes y las Ciencias
The City of Arts and Sciences is always a real attraction but during the holiday season even more! From the 16th of December till January 8th there will be all kinds of fun activities: for example, you can ice-skate next to the Hemisfèric and you will find a market with jewellery, accessories and other Christmas items. Hungry from ice-skating? There will be all kinds of food trucks also!
Puppet show- 23rd of December till the 8th of January from 18.30 till 20.30
Hit the Piñata – 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and January 8h from 13:00 till 14:30
Playground – trampolines, miniature golf and much more
Opening times Christmas market:
17th of December till the 8th of January
Mon till sun from 11.30 – 21.30
16th and 25th of December and 1st and 6th of January from 17.30 till 21.30
24th and 31stof December and the 5th of January from 11.30 – 17.30
Opening times ice skating:
17th of December till the 22nd of December
Mon – Fri from 16:30 till 21:30
Sat and Sun from 11:00 till 21:30 pm
16thand 25th of December and 1st and 6th January – 17:30 to 21:30 pm
24th and 31st of December and 5th of January – 11:30 to 17:30 pm
Opening hours during the holidays
Most cultural sites in Valencia have different opening hours during the holiday season. Always check the website before visiting! For example:
• Museo de BellasArtes is closed on 25th of December and 1st of January(many museums are closed on Mondays)
• Museo de lasCiencias (Science museum) has different opening hours on 24, 25 en 31 December and 1st of January. See their website for more information.
Please keep in mind that, if you are planning to spend Christmas in Valencia, the 25th of December it is possible that many restaurants and bars are closed.
Are you looking for an apartment in Valencia during the Christmas period and New Year’s Eve? You might want to take a look at the apartment’s page of Tours Valencia.