During Christmas the center of Seville is all dressed up for the most awaited moment of the year, the Christmas holidays. In the squares of the city are towering Christmas trees all covered in lights and garlands. The same streets are decorated and adorned with decorations and lights and shops are competing to present the best showcase. The pleasant smell of Christmas fill the streets. The Christmas lights and garlands make Seville a wonderful place to visit at this time of year. The Christmas markets in the city are made up of small wooden houses and stalls full of sweets and crafts – including the inevitable nativity figurines – they are the setting on some squares of the city center. Whatever you do for a stroll downtown, or a walk along the river Guadalquivir, or simply you to rest in a bar to taste the inevitable typical tapas, the Seville Christmas not fail to charm with the atmosphere, the tastes and flavors that make this city famous and will make you appreciate the beauty and culture of the place in this particular period.
Seville, the capital of Andalusia is also the artistic, cultural and financial capital of Southern Spain. The city is also an important tourist destination for its valuable architectural evidence. UNESCO has entered the cathedral, the Giralda, the Alcazar and the Archive of the Indies in the World Heritage List in 1987. The city is rich in tourist attractions, as well as sites that UNESCO has included the World Heritage List, we find the Torre del Oro, Casa de Pilatos – masterpiece of the Renaissance -, the town hall in plataresco style of the sixteenth century, the Baroque Royal Tobacco Factory of the eighteenth century – today seat of the Rector of the University of Seville – The Plaza de España – built by Aníbal González for the Ibero-American exhibition of 1929-, the Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) – the most important museum of Andalusia – even the old quarters of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and the Barrio de Triana deserve a thorough visit.
SEVILLE CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Dates of the Christmas Markets 2016:
14 December 2016 – 5 January 2017 (Mercado Navideño de Artesanía de Sevilla)
2 December 2016 – 5 January 2017 (Mercado Navideño Sevilla Nervión)
13 November – 23 December 2016 (Feria del Belén)
The Christmas Market in Seville (Navideño Mercado de Artesanía de Sevilla) takes place in the square in front of City Hall, the Plaza Nueva just a short walk from the Cathedral and the Giralda, is a market dedicated to craftsmanship typical of Seville. The Plaza Nueva is filled with about 80 houses and wooden stalls where artisans and local merchants selling pottery, jewelry, leather and glass, wooden toys, clothes, and other products of Andalusia.
Opening: 14 December 2016 – 5 January 2017. Opening Hours: every day from 11:00 to 15:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00. On December 25 and January 1, the market is closed.
Sevilla Capital Christmas Market (Nervión) (Mercado Navideño Sevilla Capital (Nervión)). This market takes place along the Avda. Luis de Morales (Nervion) near the Nervion Plaza shopping center and the Corte Ingles and very close to the football stadium Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. This is the busiest avenue of Nervion because it is located between the Corte Ingles, the Nervion Plaza shopping center and the football stadium Sanchez Pizjuan. The cabins of the market have a traditional decoration never seen before. In this area there are many attractions and there is usually a large number of visitors with numerous shopping and dining options.
Opening: 2 December 2016 – 5 January 2017. Opening Hours:
Organizers: Las Brujas Eventos, Finca las Brujas s/n, 41800 Sevilla. Teléfonos de contacto: 34 69924185/ 34 608499789. E-mail: email@example.com
The Fair of Cribs of Seville (Feria del Belén), which offers objects and figurines for nativity scenes and decorations for Christmas trees, is one of the most important fairs of its kind in Spain, it takes place around the cathedral and Archivo General de Indias along C / Fray Ceferino – Avda Constitucion. The Feria del Belén has about 30 stands between artisans and traders.
Opening: 13 November – 23 December 2016. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:30 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 11:00 to 15:00 and from 16:00 to 21:00.
Also in Seville is held, on January 5, the traditional Cavalcade of the Magi (Cabalgata de Reyes), the costume parade starts around 16:00 and ends at 22:00 and runs through the city center. Other Christmas activities in the city are the ice-skating rink (Pista de hielo) in the commercial center of the Nervion Plaza Sevilla, the Christmas events of the Theme Park Isla Magica that for the occasion turns into Christmas Island (Isla de la Navidad) .