If you want to spend your Christmas holidays in Girona don’t hesitate anymore. Now the trains of Renfe-SNCF en Coopération connect France and Spain and can get you to Girona in a few hours. Christmas in Girona lasts for at least two weeks, from December 24th to January 6th so there are a lot of things to do in Girona during Christmas holidays. For this reason, today we are going to take you on a virtual tour around the most interesting activities of this beautiful Catalonian town.
Shopping in Girona
Artisan stores in Girona
Christmas holidays in Girona aren’t the same without the Christmas shopping. In Girona you can find shops for all tastes and pockets, from traditional and artisan stores to designer boutiques. This province capital offers a variety of options when it comes to shopping, so visit the zone between Carrer de la Barca and Carrer Emili Grahit. There you can find all the major shops with their Christmas lights and decoration and Christmas offers. Around the shopping streets there are also plenty of activities for children to have fun that change every year.
Rambla Llibertat and Plaça Independència in Girona
If you like Christmas markets, Girona offers an open air market at Plaça Independència every day of December from 10 am, where you can find handmade products and typical sweets. There is also a Christmas tree and decoration market at Rambla Llibertat, where you can buy all kinds of Christmas products. Don’t miss the chance to shop and walk around Girona’s streets and alleys, where you can hear people singing Christmas carols and feel the Christmas spirit yourself.
Living nativity scenes
There is a tradition during Christmas holidays in Girona to place a nativity scene in every home. People gather little figures of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men, an ox, a mule, and plenty of villagers and place them together in order to recreate this biblical scene. But in Girona and other major cities you can see the spectacle of living nativity scenes. These representations are carried out by actors, dressed like all the characters of the nativity scene, and performing what the Bible tells about the night Jesus was born. These living nativities normally take place after dark and are performed with great care for detail in costumes and scenery. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this mysterious moment.
Quines de Nadal
Quines de Nadal
Quines de Nadal is a traditional game that takes place during Christmas holidays in Girona. This game is pretty similar to the bingo game, as each participant has cartons with the numbers from 1 to 99 written on them. The difference is that the person that chants the numbers is called the “loro” (parrot) and they usually make jokes with each number. The prize for the winner is a box with all kinds of gifts, like bottles of cava, a ham, typical cured sausages from the area, Christmas sweets like torró (nougat), or vouchers for local commerces. These games are normally organized by local associations and the collected money is for charity.
Three Wise Men Parade
Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar
One of the most traditional events in Christmas holidays in Girona is the Three Wise Men Parade, or the Three Magician Kings Parade. During the evening of January 5th, Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar tour the streets of Girona, collecting children’s letters and giving them sweets in return. All the children in Girona attend this parade and sing traditional songs to the Kings, so they throw them more sweets. The legend tells that once the parade is over, the Three Wise Men go to all the houses in Girona and leave presents to be found by everyone the next morning.
As you can see, there is plenty of activities during Christmas holidays in Girona, you only have to choose which are more fun for you and your family. Spend Christmas in this Mediterranean town and be fascinated by the colourful houses over the river Onyar, the gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria, and the taste of Catalonian winter dishes. Now with Renfe-SNCF en Coopération you can find yourself in Girona in just a few hours and enjoying the mild climate during the Mediterranean winter and Christmas holidays in Girona.