Christmas agenda

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Magic days

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING

On 4th December, the San Sebastián Christmas lights will be switched on. You can't miss the huge tree at the Palacio de Miramar, the ball on the Paseo de La Concha or the illuminated boxes on the Urumea river. The Christmas lights will be switched on at the Paseo de Francia, next to the CHRISTMAS MARKET, which will be open until the festive season ends. A place with real Christmas flavour, filled with gift ideas in the 30 stalls set up on the banks of the Urumea river, including a sled track, a big wheel, performances and fireworks.

OLENTZERO and MARI DOMINGI

Olentzero arrives on Christmas Eve, accompanied by Mari Domingi, to hand out presents to all the children.

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

Christmas Eve Dinner

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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

Christmas decorations

Koisi Hostel would like to invite you to take part in decorating their hostel's café for Christmas. Join them for Christmas carols and hot chocolate.

  • Location: Koisi Hostel, nº38, Paseo de Hériz(+ INFO)
  • Time: 17.00 - 20.00

PLAZA DE GIPUZKOA NATIVITY SCENE

Generations of San Sebastián locals have grown up with this Christmas classic. Open-air nativity with different scenes. Asociación Belenista de Gipuzkoa Also: Beharko nativity (Intxaurrondo) Loiola nativity (Atari Eder gardens)

  • Location: Plaza de Gipuzkoa (+ INFO)

GASTROPOTE NEW YEAR'S EVE SPECIAL

There will be a Gastropote Christmas special at the San Martín market, including a chance to celebrate the end of the year. Live music, pintxos and traditional end-of-year grapes.

  • Location:San Martín Market(+ INFO)
  • Time: 19:00-22:00

Biscuits workshop

Koisi Hostel would also like to invite you to try their Christmas cards and biscuits workshop.

  • Location: Koisi Hostel, nº38, Paseo de Hériz(+ INFO)
  • Time: 17.00 - 20.00

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.

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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.

MERRY MAJORCA POP-UP

This Christmas, MIMO brings a piece of the Mediterranean to San Sebastián. There will be a pop-up on the first weekend in December, with gifts, handicrafts, wines and other produce from the Balearic Islands.

  • Location: MIMO, calle Camino 1(+ INFO)
  • Time: 18:30

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.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING at SAN SEBASTIAN SHOPS

Have fun shopping at over a hundred stores that are taking part in the city's Christmas campaign, and where a red carpet and Christmas decorations await you.

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)

HemenGO SHOPPING

Guided tours organised by San Sebastián Shops to show you the finest shops in the city over Christmas.

GABONAK ARTEKON

An opportunity to find the perfect gift for art lovers.

  • Location: Arteko, calle Iparragirre 4 (+ INFO)

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MARKET

Textile designs, jewellery, paper, furniture and ceramics…

  • Location: Ekain Arte Lanak, calle Iñigo 4 (+ INFO)

Wine market

This Wine Market is an opportunity to meet wine producers in person, taste wines from different zones and different varieties of grape. An ideal setting to organise your Christmas shopping.

  • Location: GOÑI Ardoteka, calle Aldamar 3 (+ INFO)
  • Time: 10:30-14:00 eta 17:00-19.30

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.

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

PIN- Christmas Playground

  • Location: Centro Kursaal (+ INFO)
  • Time: 10:30 - 13.30 eT 16:00 -19.30

« El mapa de los tesoros » (Treasure map)

Solve the secret hidden in the map you will be given at the entrance, and let yourself be guided by our cabin boy, Txo.

  • Location: Albaola faktoria, Ondartxo Ibilbidea, Pasai San Pedro. (+ INFO)
  • Time: From 26th to 30th December, and from 2nd to 7th January. Opening hours: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

XYLOPHONE WITH GLASS JARS

Workshop

  • Location: Kutxa Ekogunea (+ INFO)

PINOXXIO” Ananda Dansa

Theatre

  • Location: Victoria Eugenia (+ INFO)
  • Time: 17:30

Negulekuak

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

  • Location: Kutxa Ekogunea (+ INFO)
  • Date: 26 to 29 December and 2 to 5 January (in the mornings)

Science Workshops at Eureka Zientzia Museoa

A range of activities aimed at children and young people. Science Txoko, Winter Technology Camps. New at the Planetarium, now in 3D. Guided tours of the Animalia hall. There will also be simulators, shows and entertainment at the museum.

  • Location: Eureka Zientzia Museoa (+ INFO)

PIRRITX, PORROTX ETA MARIMOTOTS

Clowns

  • Location: Auditorium Kursaal (+ INFO)
  • Time: 16.00 et 19.00

ANIMALIAK NEGUAN ZER?

Dramatized tale.

  • Location: Kutxa Ekogunea (+ INFO)

“LA LEYENDA DEL LAGO DE LOS CISNES”

“THE LEGEND OF SWAN LAKE”. La Factoría de Cuentos. Theatre.

  • Location: Victoria Eugenia (+ INFO)
  • Time: 17:30

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Plans near Donostia

Fiesta de la Txuleta (Steak festival)

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

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

  • Location: Plaza del Triángulo de Tolosa (+ INFO)
  • Time: 09:00-14:00

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.

PELOTA JAIALAI EXPERIENCE

A great opportunity for the whole family to discover the pelota court and its history, to learn the sport from a professional pelota player, and to see how the baskets and balls used in Basque pelota are made using traditional methods. To finish, you can sit back and enjoy a festival of professional pelota.

  • Location: Frontón Galarreta Jaialai. 25, Barrio Jauregui, Hernani (+ INFO)
  • Time: Every Thursday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

FINAL OF REMONTE [TYPE OF BASQUE PELOTA] PAIRS

  • Location: Frontón Galarreta Jaialai. 25, Barrio Jauregui, Hernani (+ INFO)
  • Time: 17.00

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Cultural activities

Don’t miss out on other cultural activities at:

ACTIVITIES AT TABAKALERA

Cale, Cale, Cale! Caale!!! (Exhibition) Hot Iron Marginalia (Exhibition) Malas Madres, vidas suspendidas de una cuerda (intervention) Mañana Goodbye, Grupo de mujeres que trabajan juntas (Exhibition). La pared (intervention).

  • Location:Tabakalera (+ INFO)

ACTIVITIES AT KURSAAL

Christmas Concerts, Solodarity festivals, magic shows, Alabama Gospel Choir, Carmina Burana ...

  • Location: Kursaal (+ INFO)
  • Time: 20:00

ACTIVITIES AT VICTORIA EUGENIA

Concerts, theatre plays and other cultural activities...

  • Location: Victoria Eugenia Antzokia(+ INFO)

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