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Christmas in Andalusia: An unforgettable experience!

The reflective Christmas season is perfect to spend with your loved ones. Why not in Andalusia?

Christmas is coming soon, we just have to be infected by the atmosphere. It creates a mix of culture and traditions and sometimes you can even enjoy the last rays of sunshine on the beaches of Andalusia. Christmas time is also characterized by the amount of events that take place all over Andalusia. Keep reading and you will fall in love more and more with the region.

You can tell that the Christmas season is approaching when the end of November, the Christmas lights are shining and all cities in a beautiful light.

The most famous Christmas lighting is certainly that of Malaga, which is different every year, but always attracts thousands of visitors. In 2017, you can admire the lighting from 24th November to 7th January. Under the lights and sounds of "Wizards in Winter", "Feliz Navidad" and "Christmas Festival" (a spectacle that takes place at 18:30 and 21:30), the busy streets dive into delicious flavors and find it There are many wonderful Christmas markets where you can find a lot of great gifts, or just go for a spin.

All the typical Christmas sweets are made in the houses and monasteries that turn into bakeries during this time. Marzipan, candied pine nuts, caramel almonds, almond muffins, roasted almonds, almond biscuits and the traditional "Roscón de Reyes", a sweet wreath decorated with candied fruit and filled with cream, chocolate or jam, are typical Christmas sweets to be eaten with aniseed liqueur, and wine Eating cinnamon.

The highlight of Christmas in Andalusia are the nativity scenes, "Belenes". One of the most famous and impressive is the "Belén de chocolate", a construction of 800 kg of chocolate, located in the village of Rute (Córdoba).

If you walk from church to church, you will impress the "Villancicos". The choirs of children and adults who sing these Christmas songs can be found in many streets of the Andalusian cities at this time. The happy songs are mostly about the birth of Jesus and the choirs are accompanied by simple instruments like the tambourine.

Other traditional songs take place the day before Christmas: people gather with their families, neighbors and friends in front of the fireplace to sing and dance spontaneous songs to the La Zambomba, named after the instrument they accompany. La Zambomba is a clay pot coated with animal skin and has a stick that can be used to make sounds. While the songs are played and the dances are danced, people drink wine and aniseed liqueurs.

The day officially starting the festivities is December 22, when the Christmas lottery draw takes place. "El Gordo", as the main prize is called, represents the dream of every Spaniard since 1763, when the lots were first drawn and since then have been celebrated big every year. On Christmas Day, the Spaniards meet with their families to enjoy the traditional Christmas dinner. The most important are turkey, suckling pig, seafood, the sweet turrón, a kind of nougat, and "cava", a Catalan sparkling wine that is the typical drink for such celebrations.

But after 25th December a lot more happens: on New Year's Eve there are a lot of Spanish and Andalusian traditions that are committed. Especially famous is the Twelve Lucky grapes ("las doce Uvas de la Buena Suerte"), which are eaten in the last twelve seconds before the new year begins. Then, of course, solemnly initiated with cava.

The last day of the festivities is also the one that children are most looking forward to: on the 6th of January, the little ones receive gifts from the Magi. The spectacular "Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos", the procession of the kings, takes place on the evening of the 5th of January. Then colorful and beautiful trains move through the streets of the Andalusian cities.

The most famous are the processions of Huelva, whose Cabalgata de la Higuera de la Sierra is the second oldest in Spain and has been awarded the designation "Fiesta de Interés Turístico Nacional de Andalucía" (Festival of National Tourist Interest in Andalusia), and that of Seville, which takes place every year since 1918 without exception.