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 2017/2018 and where the real hotspots are during these days. Information about Christmas 2018/2019 is not available yet, but with the information about last year you will get an impression of Christmas in Valencia. The best way to discover Valencia is by bike.
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 the ones below 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.
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.
Gran Circo Wonderland
This year is already the twelfth year of Circo Wonderland in Valencia! Beside authentic circus acts like clowns and acrobatics you will enjoy the legend of Tarzan and feel like you are in a real jungle. For more information and tickets see this website.
Date: 1st of December 2017 – 22th of January 2018
Location: Avenida Pio Baroja 3
Price: between 10 and 37 Euros (depending on the seat)
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! More information about the circus you will find on the website.
Date: 7th of December – 7th of January 2018
Location: Avenue de les Tres Creus, 46014 València
Price: between €7.50 and €13.50 (depending on availability)
Monday till friday one kid is free per adult.
Circo Raluy Legacy
The Raluy Legacy Circus is for the first time in Valencia and is a christmas circus. The circus is a show that combines the traditional theater with new innovations. Circo Raluy Legacy will be in Valencia from 1st of December till the 28th of January 2018. You will find the circus in La Marina de Valencia. More information about prices and tickets you will find on the website.
Date: 1th of December – 28th of January 2018
Location: (Marina) Sc Puerto 10
Price: between €10.00 and €40.00 (depending on availability)
Circ de Nadal – El Rey de la Selva
This circus is the only circus with animals in the show. The show is very spectacular and you can expect all kind of animals like tigers, crocodiles, elephants and much more. The circus tells different stories during the show. For more information and tickets, see the website.
Date: 1th of December – 7th of January 2018
Location: Just before the exit to Ikea in Alfafar/Massanassa (Valencia)
Price: from €9
Tip: keep in mind that the taxis in Valencia are quit cheap.
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 harbor and is the ideal place to spend a couple of hours. Cool stands, attractions, delicious food and a ferries 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: are coming soon..
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 15th of December till January 7th 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!
Everyday between 15 December and 7 January 2018
Puppet show: 18.30-20.30 pm (free)
Globoflexia: 11.30-12.30 and 17.00-18.00 pm (free)
Workshops painting, coloring and make christmas art: 11.30-14.00 and 17.00-21.30 (free)
Playground – trampolines, miniature golf and much more
Kids area with playground, mini golf, train and more fun stuff: €2,50 or €6 for 2 hours.
Multi-adventure zone: €7/40 min. €3/10 min. (circuit for boys and girls above 7 years)
Good to know! The kids area is closed on 18th till 21th of December between 11.30-19.30 pm
15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 en 25 December
Elf and the ball: 12.00-17.00 pm
Santa Claus and the sleigh: 13.30-19.00 pm
stiletto on poles: 20.30 pm
Christmas fairy: 15-17 and 22-23 December: 12.00-14.00 and 17.30-21.00 pm.
Opening times Christmas market
15th of December till the 7th of January
Mon till sun from 11.30 – 21.00 pm
15 and 25 December; 1 and 6 January: 17.00 – 21.30 pm
24 and 31 December and 5 January: 11.30-17.00 pm
Opening times ice skating
17th of December till the 22nd of December
Mon – Fri from 16.30 till 21.30 pm
Sat and Sun from 11.00 till 21.30 pm
16 and 25 of December and 1 and 6 January – 17.30 to 21:30 pm
24 and 31 of December and 5 of January – 11.30 to 17.30 pm
During Christmas and New Year’s Eve there are some special things in Valencia that the locals eat. During your holiday in Valencia its worth trying these special things.
For example turron, this looks like nougat. The best turron you will find at Turrones Ramos. They have turron in all kind of shapes and flavours! You can taste your favorite before you buy it.
On New Year’s Eve we cheer with cava of course. In Valencia they have their very own Valencian cava to cheer with on this evening. For the best Valencia cava we can recommend Original CV Valencia.
Plaza del Mercado 35
Polvorón is coming from the Moorish people. They used to make wine and sherry and the leftover from the eggs were given to the nuns of the Spanish monasteries. They made sweet cookies from them to thank them or sell them to live of it. Now a day the cookies are still a Spanish tradition during the holidays. You will find the polvorón in the supermarkets and at the bakery. The polvorón are made in different kind of flavours. For example the one with the yellow paper are lemon. Every color has their own flavour.
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 Bellas Artes is closed on 25th of December and 1st of January(many museums are closed on Mondays)
– Museo de las Ciencias (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 Once Upon a Bike.