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Cultural and spectacular Christmas 2015 in Seville

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

The Christmas season is always a good time to be in Andalucia, and especially Seville, with over 200 streets lit up merrily by colourful lights, Christmas trees in various designs bedecking  city centre, belenes (nativity scenes) in every available space, and lots more. Two of the main areas to visit traditionally ...

Christmas in Seville

Friday, December 19th, 2014

This Christmas visitors are spoiled for choice for things to do and see in Seville. From traditional nativity scenes to delightfully original handicrafts – which make ideal Christmas presents – as well as camel rides and ice-skating, together with the pretty Christmas lights which make the centre into a magical wonderland. ...

Some Andalucian sparkle (in a glass) for your festive season

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_15821" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="Sparkling version of fragrant dry muscat Botani."] [/caption] The Christmas season has now officially started here in Spain, with the Puente de la Constitucion - the December bank holiday. Families all over Andalucia are starting to think about their big Christmas dinner, which takes place on the night ...

Merry Christmas from Andalucia!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12822" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Christmas lights in Seville.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12823" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Orange and lights - Christmas in Seville[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12838" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Singing zambombas, Christmas songs, in the street.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12826" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Holy family in belen (nativity scene), found across Spain in homes, schools and offices.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12827" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Part of ...

The belen viviente

Monday, December 17th, 2012

One of the most delightful features of Christmas in Andalucia are the belenes vivientes, or live Nativity Scenes, where many of the townsfolk dress up to take part, using the town's streets, houses and plazas as their stage set. The one in the pretty pueblo blanco (white hilltown) of Arcos de ...

Light show extraordinaire in Sevilla

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Last Christmas, the Ayuntamiento (city council) of Seville put on a light show, where fast-moving images are projected onto the back wall of its main building, in Plaza Nueva. The facade facing Plaza San Francisco comes alive with ships, the solar system, books and toys - and, of course, the ...

Have an eco-Christmas by hiring your (living) tree

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_9102" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Paco and Lucia with two of their prized pines, which are hired out as Christmas trees."] [/caption] One of the most essential features of Christmas, wherever you are celebrating it, is the Christmas tree. Choosing it, decorating it, putting presents under it on Christmas Eve... you can't ...

Christmas, Navidad and all that

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This is my last post until Christmas, and until after the New Year too, as the nice folk here at andalucia.com have given me next week off. I'm going back to the UK for a few weeks, so a very Happy Christmas to all Spain-dwellers who are enjoying a sunny ...

Ice-cold in… Seville

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

My first blog of this year was about the weather, so it's kind of appropriate that one of my last is too. Sarah will be blogging again this Monday - if you're female, have blonde hair, and/or have ever suffered comments from Spanish men, then don't miss it - and ...