Christmas Time in Spain

If you love Spain and Christmas time … You’re in luck!

In this post you are going to learn the traditions that we live in these dates.

¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

DECEMBER 22TH

La lotería de Navidad

We buy tickets (décimos) of lottery with the hope of winning the first prize: “El Gordo”.

DECEMBER 24TH

Nochebuena

Spanish families gather for dinner, eat typical sweets (Turrón, mazapán, polvorones…) and sing Christmas carols.

At 00:00 many people go to the church to “La Misa del Gallo”.

DECEMBER 25TH

Navidad

The visit of Santa Claus (Papá Noel) is not a Spanish tradition but it does visit some houses and leaves gifts.

DECEMBER 28TH

El día de los Santos Inocentes

Day in which we play pranks or “inocentadas” to family and friends. (Similar to April Fools’)

DECEMBER 31ST

Nochevieja / Fin de Año

We say goodbye to the year eating 12 grapes to the rhythm of the 12 bells that sound from La Puerta del Sol in Madrid.

JANUARY 1ST

Año Nuevo

JANUARY 5TH

La cabalgata de los 3 Reyes Magos

Children and adults receive a visit from The 3 Wise Men upon arrival in towns and cities.

JANUARY 6TH

El día de Reyes

It’s time to open presents and eat Roscón de Reyes. If you have been bad you will receive coal.

Do you need to know more? Click here to learn more vocabulary about Christmas.