Christmas in Andalusia

Andalusia, as welcoming as always, also wants to see you at Christmas.

There are times when Andalusia has a special light, a special feeling, where everything is expressed with a sense of seclusion and more authenticity.

Christmas in Andalusia is a time of year when the everyday is lived differently, in a vibrant and wonderful atmosphere that changes, for a few days, the way we do everything.

The cities are decorated with colourful lights, twinkling stars, the streets are filled with aromas, with music, with meetings and greetings, as everyone returns to Andalusia to spend Christmas with their loved ones.

Christmas in Andalusia is full of ancient traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation, making Christmas in our part of the world a very special moment.

Discover our traditions

Nights filled with Illusion

Christmas Eve

On 24 December, entire families gather to celebrate Christmas Eve dinner, one of the most important meals of the year. It is usually an exquisite and abundant dinner, in which there is no shortage of typical Christmas products. Although they can vary greatly from one province to another, turkey, shellfish, nougat and toasting with cava are very common. Being a family reunion, it is common for many restaurants to close. The Misa del Gallo mass is one of the most deeply rooted traditions of the Catholic people.

New Year’s Eve

The night of 31 December (New Year’s Eve) is not as family-oriented as Christmas Eve. The night begins with a family dinner, but then the old year sendoff is celebrated with a party with friends. Some people prefer to say goodbye to the year in one of the many restaurants that offer dinner and party favours for this occasion. The most common thing on this night is to eat the lucky grapes, one by one to the beat of the clock chimes.

The Night of the Three Kings (Epiphany)

The 6th of January, or Three Kings Day, is the day dedicated to children. It is the day that children receive the presents they have been waiting for throughout the holidays. The day before, in the afternoon, you can see the Three Kings Parade, to greet the kings who walk through the streets. Of special relevance is the Higuera de la Sierra (Huelva) Parade, the second oldest in Spain, classified as a Festival of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia. (This was suspended in 2022 to prevent the spread of Covid)

Visiting Nativity Scenes

Nativity scenes are an important Christmas symbol in this country. The representations of the birth of Jesus can be seen in the squares of cities and towns and in shop windows. Visiting nativity scenes has become a tradition for many families in Andalusia.

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Christmas Carols

Christmas carols always accompany these festivities..., They are rooted in the purest tradition of Spanish music. They are generally upbeat and usually relate things that happened in Bethlehem or to the family of Jesus. Their accompaniment is simple (tambourine, zambomba, pestle and mortar or the scratching of a bottle of anisette liquor) It is common to find groups of children and adults singing Christmas carols on the main streets of the city.

Flamenco Christmas – Las Zambombas

Zambombas are gatherings of friends, neighbours and relatives who meet every year during the Christmas season. Christmas carols are sung and danced, while wine and anisette are drunk with Christmas sweets. The fundamental instrument is the zambomba, hence the name of the party. Everyone participates in Zambombas, singing or playing an instrument.

The flavour of Christmas

Christmas in Andalusia smells like roasted almonds and sugar, anisette, wine and cinnamon… Andalusia makes and shares its pastry tradition, and many of its towns prepare their Christmas sweets.

The perfect plan for this Christmas

Andalusia is your real star during the Christmas holidays. Follow your star and let yourself be carried away by a world of sensations and choose the ideal plan for this Christmas: