Christmas agenda

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Magic days

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING

Donostia officially ushers in the holiday season with the Christmas lights that decorate its streets, trees and palaces. A gigantic crystal ball designed by engineering and architecture students will surround the statue of Don Quixote.

OLENTZERO and MARI DOMINGI

The Basque Santa Claus comes down from the mountain to collect letters from little ones and to leave kids their Christmas gifts at night...and coal for the ones who were naughty.

  • Location: Tent with workshops in the Plaza de la Constitución. (+ INFO)

Christmas Eve Dinner

Hotel María Cristina*****

Christmas lunch

Special New Year’s Eve dinners and galas

New Year’s Day lunch

CABALGATA DE REYES (THREE KINGS PARADE)

Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar –the Three Wise Men of the East– collect the letters written by children requesting a toy or gift that they bring on the night of 5 January.

  • Location: Zurriola Beach (2:30), Town Hall (3:30 - 5:30), Boulevard (6:00) (+ INFO)

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Christmas is in the air

NATIVITY SCENE

Nativity scene created by 152 one-meter-tall figures. Sponsored by Casino Kursaal

  • Location: Plaza de Gipuzkoa (+ INFO)

GASTROPOTE

Get dressed up and ring in the New Year with a special “gastropote”: live music, pintxos and grapes.

  • Location: San Martin Market (+ INFO)
  • Time:from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Music and dance school of San Sebastian - Senior Choir & Big Band

  • Location: Kiosko del Boulevard
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.

CHARITY LUNCH

The Ni Neu restaurant will raise funds for a charity with its wine sales.

  • Location: Ni Neu Restaurant (+ INFO)
  • Time: at noon

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Sotto Voce - Violin & Piano

  • Location: Plaza Gipuzkoa
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Music and dance school of San Sebastian - Trikitixa (Basque diatonic button accordion)

  • Location: Plaza Gipuzkoa
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Eresargi abesbatza and Agrupación lírica Itsaso - Choirs

  • Location: Plaza Gipuzkoa
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. (Eresargi abesbatza) and 6:30 p.m. (Agrupación lírica itsaso)

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Kantakidetza - Choir

  • Location: Plaza Gipuzkoa
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Donosti Ereski - Choir and Music and dance school of San Sebastian - Tuba instrumental group

  • Location: Plaza Gipuzkoa
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. (Donosti Ereski) and 7:30 p.m. (Music and dance school)

SAN SILVESTRE RACE

The most fun-filled, thrilling race of the year (8.2 km).

  • Location: From Av. Zarautz a Amara Zaharra (+ INFO)
  • Time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Price: starting at €13

Amara Christmas choirs

Organised by neighbourhood merchants' association and San Sebastian Shops.

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Christmas shopping: sotres and markets

The city’s stores go all out this holiday season to lay out the red carpet for customers: stores will offer customers free parking to make Christmas shopping even easier.

Travelling local farmer markets - Behemendi

Farmers from the Donostialdea area gather to sell their seasonal, local and traditional products.

  • Location: Amara -Plaza Easo (+ INFO)
  • Time:9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

IX CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAY COMPETITION

An opportunity to take a stroll through the city and check out the most original Christmas decorations. Categories: Most Sustainable, Most Innovative and Most Popular Window Display.

  • Location: over 100 SShops associated stores (+ INFO)

BIG CHRISTMAS MARKET

The city’s stores organise a Christmas market along the river.

  • Location: Paseo de Francia

MERKATA: Old Town shop market

The stores will sell their wares on the street with special discounts and offers.

  • Location: Parte Vieja (+ INFO)
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to  8:00 p.m.

Gift certificates

Get €50 gift certificates for the price of €35 at participating stores.

  • Location: Banco Sabadell (Av. Libertad) (+ INFO)

Dkoloreak flower market

  • Location: Plaza Cataluña (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lurkolektiboa craft fair

  • Location: C/ Urdaneta y Reyes Católicos (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wine market

Wine and gourmet product tastings and sales.

  • Location: GOÑI Ardoteka, C/Aldamar n.3 (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Travelling local farmer markets - Behemendi

Farmers from the Donostialdea area gather to sell their seasonal, local and traditional products.

  • Location: Gros -C./ San Francisco de (+ INFO)
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Travelling local farmer markets - Behemendi

Farmers from the Donostialdea area gather to sell their seasonal, local and traditional products.

  • Location: Antiguo - Plaza Gaskuña (+ INFO)
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Basque traditions, culture and folklore

Sagardo Apurua - CASERÍO SIDRERÍA

Recreation of a traditional cider house with tastings of the new harvest, live cooking stations, market, games, rural sports, bertsolaris, wine-tasting...

  • Location: Boulevard (city centre) (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. /5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Dress up like a Olentzero!

Dress up like a Olentzero or in other traditional Basque dress and send an original card. Free.

  • Location: Casino Kursaal
  • Time: om 11:30 a.m. to 2:00h p.m. and 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. (Friday: afternoons only)

Culinary workshops- Gastromuseums

The Basque Country’s food and wine museums will showcase their products in a series of culinary workshops for families: cheese tasting, apple mash making, etc.

  • Location: Boulevard (city centre) (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. /4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Price: €6/ person

SANTO TOMÁS FAIR

Donostia-San Sebastián turns into a rural market that showcases a local favourite: txistorra (cured sausage). Numerous stalls are set up where shoppers can purchase a wide variety of food products, crafts, etc.

  • Location: Across the city

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Family-friendly plans

Christmas cards with scrapbooking

Craft workshop for kids ages 4 to 12. A photograph is used to make a Christmas card.

  • Location: Librería Elkar, Fermin Calbeton 21, Donostia. (+ INFO)
  • Time: at noon

Ice-skating

  • Location: Plaza Cataluña (+ INFO)
  • Price: €4.Tickets can be purchased at participating stores.

Children’s Christmas Park (PIN)

  • Location: Centro Kursaal (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. / 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Price: Morning: €5.50 - Afternoon: €6.00

Negulekuak

Negulekuak: Christmas camps at the Kutxa Ekogunea children's park.

  • Location: Kutxa Ekogunea (+ INFO)
  • Date: 26 to 30 December and 2 to 6 January (in the mornings)

Trukegunea

Christmas toy exchange, toy reuse/recycle.

  • Location: Kutxa Ekogunea (+ INFO)

Christmas in Ekogunean

  • Location: Kutxa Ekogunea (+ INFO)

SCIENCE WORKSHOPS at the EUREKA ZIENTZIA MUSEOA

Science workshops for children and workshops on robotics, video game programming, drones, etc. for young people.

  • Location: Eureka Zientzia Museoa (+ INFO)
  • Time: 8:30/9:00 a.m. - 13:30 p.m. and 8:30/9:00 a.m. - 15:00 p.m. (lunch included)

COLONIAS DEPORTIVAS REAL SOCIEDAD SPORT CAMPS

Camps for kids born from 2001 to 2008 (inclusive).

  • Location: Zubieta (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Plans near Donostia

TXONDORRA

Ancient coal-mining technique in the Peñas de Aia Natural Park.

  • Location: Parque de Arditurri. Oiartzun (+ INFO)

Fiesta de la Txuleta

  • Location: C/ Zerkausia. Tolosa (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 2:00 p.m. for lunch and 8:00 p.m.
  • Price: €45.00

SANTA LUCÍA FAIR

Traditional cattle fair and extraordinary markets, exhibition of agricultural machinery, wine fair of rioja alavesa, bertsos festival, drag of stone, rural sport, Basque pilot...

  • Location: Urretxu-Zumarraga (+ INFO)
  • Time: from 8:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MARKET

A special Christmas edition of a market celebrated every Wednesday since 1512.

  • Location: Plaza Nagusia. Ordizia (+ INFO)
  • Time:from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Cultural activities

EXPOSICIÓN CLAUSURA SAN SEBASTIÁN 2016 CLOSING EXPOSITION

Donostia / San Sebastián has been the European Capital of Culture in 2016.

  • Location: Tabakalera (+ INFO)

EXPOSITION VI. edición 6AsteDesign

A very special exhibition, where Design and Art merge.

  • Location: Ekain Arte Lanak - Basque Art Gallery. Calle Iñigo kalea, 4 (+ INFO)

HAPPY HOUR AFTERNOON IN ALBAOLA!

Visitors can enjoy a special rate to learn about the construction of the San Juan Whaleship. On 27, 28, 29 December and 3, 4 and 5 January in the afternoon.

  • Location: PASAIA, Ondartxo 1 (+ INFO)
  • Time: From 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. ( The tour lasts approximately 1 hours )
  • Special rate:from 6 to 12 years 3,5€. General public 5€. Reduced fare 3,5€

Gospel in Christmas

  • Location: Kursaal (+ INFO)
  • Time: 21:00

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