Dates:… Dec. 2018 – … Jan. 2019 T.B.C.
Hours: 10.30 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 21.00 (Sat,Sun & Holidays 11.00-15.00 & 16.00-21.00)
Feria del Belén de Sevilla
This market which runs from mid-November until just before Christmas is filled mainly with Nativity figures – Belén, from which the market takes its name. These figures are taken very seriously in Spain and in many Spanish homes you will find beautiful ornate nativity scenes which are added to from year to year. Some of the figures will cost just a few euros other a few hundred! makeshift shops also sell breads and cakes and spirits without which any celebration would be incomplete.
Christmas is one of the most loving seasons in Seville and has an especial touristic interest. The streets and squares change along with the light and the scents and people feel the city in a different way. You start feeling Christmas around from December 8th, with the celebration of the Vigil in honor to the Immaculate Conception. During Christmas time, the streets are joyful and busy. There are carols contests and Christmas concerts, streets carol bands, different activities for children and adults at the most centric squares, such as Plaza Nueva, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza del Duque, Plaza de la Alameda and Plaza de la Encarnación. Besides, the city offers and interesting list of cultural activities for all ages, like flamenco, theatre plays, opera, dance, exhibitions…
A special atmosphere can be felt in the streets: the stores have their Christmas decoration, the sidewalks are lighted with colorful lights, and the atmosphere is filled with roasted chestnuts scent. In the Christmas Craft Market the visitors may purchase a wide variety of goods and craftwork. Seville embraces a long nativity scenes art tradition. Through the route of the nativity scenes we shall discover great nativity scenes set inside convents, churches, brotherhood houses, institutions and stores, where they are shown for everybody’s enjoyment
The Feria del Belén takes also place during these festivities, a unique nativity scenes market, where exclusively handmade elements for the scenes are to be sold. On New Year’s Eve there is a wide range of dinner parties and “cotillones” organized by the different hotels of Seville. The Feast of the Three Kings and their parade are both very popular in Seville. It is a long expected and joyfully celebrated day, both by children and by adults. All this and a whole lot more are waiting for you to enjoy a Merry Christmas with us. We can’t wait to see you!
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.
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