Christmas and new year holidaysAt Christmas the streets of Granada are embellished with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations. The sounds of Christmas carols are heard in the streets, where people are very busy shopping, meeting friends or just taking a walk with the family to see the magical atmosphere that invades the city at this time.
There are several areas of Christmas shopping in Granada
Navity scenes (Belenes)
Each year the Town Hall organizes a contest to promote this tradition and rewards the best “Belenes” in town according to three categories: artisanal, traditional and popular. Christmas Market Every year during the month of December until the 5th of January takes place in Plaza Bib-Rambla the traditional Christmas market.
New year’s Eve (Nochevieja)
On New Year´s Eve the Town Hall organizes a big party at Plaza del Carmen with live music and fireworks. By midgnight party bags known as “cotillón” containing twelve grapes, party hats, maks, blowers, etc.. are distributed among the people. . At dawn, just before heading home, one must have a hot chocolate with “churros” to follow the tradition. The Three Wise Men Parade (Calbagata de Reyes)
On the night of January 5 Granada is full of magic. All children and many adults take to the streets to receive los Reyes Magos (literally “the magician kings”), who walk the streets promising many gifts for the next day.