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1 Las Navidades en España
Christmas time in Spain

2 Christmastime in Spain is celebrated in three parts!
Nochebuena – Christmas Eve – el 24 de diciembre Fin de Año – New Year’s Eve el 31 de diciembre Los Reyes – Three Kings Day (Epiphany) – el 5 y el 6 de enero

3 Nochebuena Spaniards celebrate Christmas itself on Christmas Eve.
It is called ‘Nochebuena’, or ‘noche buena’ which means the ‘good night’.

4 Nochebuena Nochebuena is a time for enjoying the company of family and friends. It is not the main time for giving Christmas presents – that happens later! The Christmas Eve dinner is served late in the evening and lasts several hours. Many families go to Midnight Mass in church.

5 Christmas Food – Comidas Navideñas
There is a big choice of traditional Christmas dinner dishes in Spain. However, usually the meal will start with a light seafood dish, as well as a soup.

6 Christmas Food – Comidas Navideñas
The main course might centre on roast meat, fish or seafood. And for pudding, there is usually a selection of delicious traditional sweets such as turrón, polvorones and mazapanes.

7 Christmas Sweets Turrón Polvorones Mazapanes -baked marzipan sweets
- a nougat-like almond sweet Polvorones - melt-in-the-mouth, soft almond biscuits (photo © Mazapanes -baked marzipan sweets (photo © tourspain/gastronomia)

8 Fin de Año or Noche Vieja - 31 December
Fin de Año means ‘End of Year’, and Noche Vieja means ‘Old Year’. It is celebrated in much the same way as in our country. Parties and meeting up with friends in cafés and bars are popular, and so are firework displays!

9 Fin de Año or Noche Vieja
It’s traditional on New Year’s Eve to wear red underwear that has been given to you! Instead of listening to the bells of Big Ben and singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’, Spaniards eat one grape on each ‘dong’ of the midnight bells. Often the bells ring a bit faster than Big Ben’s and it’s quite tricky to eat all 12 grapes without having a mishap!

10 Los Reyes – 5 & 6 January This part of Christmastime is the most fun for children. Los Reyes means ‘The Kings’ – the Three Kings or Wise Men who came to see Baby Jesus. On 5th January, every village and town has a beautiful Three Kings Procession, where sweets and streamers are thrown into the crowds. At bedtime, children leave their shoes out, filled with a gift of straw for The Three Kings’ tired camels.

11 Los Reyes At the end of the procession, children can tell the Three Kings what gift they wish for. (photo ©

12 Los Reyes – 5 & 6 January (photo © Children wonder, “Will they, won’t they, throw us some sweets?”

13 “Yes! –caught some! ¡Muchas gracias!”
Los Reyes – 5 & 6 January (photo © “Yes! –caught some! ¡Muchas gracias!”

14 Los Reyes – 5 & 6 January In the morning of the 6th of January, children in Spain awake to find that the Three Kings have left gifts in (and around!) their shoes! The 6th of January is a national holiday in Spain. Everyone can relax and enjoy time with family and friends. The traditional cake for Reyes is a ring-shaped cake called a ‘Roscón de Reyes’, which contains a small surprise gift for one lucky person.

15 Other Important Christmastime Events
21 de diciembre – Hogueras – bonfire celebrations 21 de diciembre – El Gordo – said to be the largest national lottery draw in the world – often for billions of euros – most of the country takes part 28 de diciembre – Día de los Inocentes – a day of pranks, equivalent to our April Fool’s Day

16 A Child’s Christmas in Spain
A big difference between a British and a Spanish Christmas is that Father Christmas – Papá Noel – is not such an important figure. Children’s Christmas presents are brought by the Three Kings on 5 January. Elaborate models of the Nativity scene – los Belenes – are set up in most homes, and families get together to make theirs beautiful and detailed.

17 El Belén – the Nativity Scene
These are a very important part of a Spanish Christmas. Nearly every home will have a Belén, and sometimes they take up an entire room! Town halls, churches and public buildings often have large Belenes, as well, with elaborate lighting and sound effects.

18 El Belén – the Nativity Scene
(photo © Detail of the outskirts of Bethlehem (Belén).

19 El Belén – the Nativity Scene
(photo © Daily life in the centre of Bethlehem

20 Christmas Vocabulary Las Navidades - Christmas / Christmastime
Nochebuena - Christmas Eve Noche Vieja / Fin de Año - New Year’s Eve Día de Reyes - Three Kings’ Day Turrón, polvorones & mazapanes – sweet Christmas goodies! Roscón de Reyes – special cake for the Three Kings celebrations Belén – Bethlehem and Nativity Scene Happy Christmas! - ¡Feliz Navidad! Happy New Year! - ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

21 Christmas Customs in Other Parts of the Spanish-Speaking World
In Chile it is el Viejo Pascuero (Old Man Christmas) who brings the children’s gifts. He strongly resembles Santa Claus, and also arrives by reindeer! In Colombia, Christmastime starts on the 7th of December, when families light 100 candles on the pavements outside their homes, in honour of Mary, the mother of Baby Jesus. Because Costa Rica is in the tropics, Nativity Scenes are decorated with beautiful tropical flowers and berries. For 9 days before Christmas, processions depicting Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter pass through the streets of Guatemala, heralding Christmas with drumbeats and fireworks.

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