Christmas has come and this year it will be as sunny as usual, probably quite hard to believe for those who were here staying most of the November and December months as it rained a lot. There are many events for different tastes this Christmas here in Valencia, but here are some you probably wouldn’t want to miss.
A perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit is the City of the Arts and Sciences. The Walk of Arbotantes (Rainforest) of the Umbracle of the City of the Arts and Sciences is offering once again a very Christmaslike experience to enjoy with family and friends: Christmas workshops, ice skating, a Christmas market, a solidarity corner, street food, Christmas Photo Call and a Christmas crib with more than 300 pieces.
The ice rink will be located by the Hemisfèric and will be open until the 8th of January so you can enjoy the experience of skating in this unique environment of the City of the Arts and Sciences. And along the Umbracle Walk of Arbotantes, a space adjacent to the Museum and Hemisfèric lakes, visitors will be able to wander more than 30 Christmas market stalls where they can shop for Christmas items from jewellery and gift products to vintage treasures and wooden toys. There will also be food trucks serving a variety of gastronomic delicacies.
The little ones will not get bored either: in the same area there is also a wide range of activities for children: a free playroom with games and music and an area with paid attractions such as trampolines, mini golf, Funfair and a pedal train. In addition, the children will be able to deliver their letters to Santa Claus, who will tell stories (in Spanish of course), and to the emissary of the Three Wise Men.
From the 23rd of December to the 8th of January, a puppet show will be held in the afternoons. Yet another fun activity for children is the singing games performances and games with piñatas on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th of January starting at 1:00pm. A solidarity corner will also be installed where visitors can deposit toys that will be destined to different NGOs.
Christmas Train in Valencia
The Christmas Train (Trenet de Nadal) has arrived to offer the little ones, and not so little ones, an enjoyable Christmas drive in the streets of Valencia. The tours run every day until the 5th of January from 11:00am to 8:30pm.
Every half an hour The Christmas Train takes a different route and you can enjoy a drive through different must-sees in Valencia, such as the Mercado Central, Mercado de Colón, Plaza de Toros or Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
The route starts from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento 5, just in front of the store “Para La Cubana”.
The price is 3 euros per person or free if you present a special coupon (in Spanish – divertivale, you can get these when shopping in affiliated stores in the city center). For each purchase of 40 euros (accumulating tickets) you can get 1 coupon that serves you to get discounts for ice-skating on the ice rink at the Ayuntamiento square, free admission to the Christmas train or a roll in the “Ruleta shopping”.
Route I. MERCADO CENTRAL: Leaving at 11.00am, at 1.30pm and at 6.00pm
Route II. MERCADO DE COLÓN: Leaving at 12.30pm, at 4.30pm and at 7.30pm
Route III. PLAZA DE TOROS: Leaving at 12.00pm, at 5.00pm and at 6.00pm
Route IV. VÍA AUGUSTA: Leaving at 11.30am, at 5.30pm and at 8.00pm
Route V CORREOS: Leaving at 1.00pm, at 7.00pm and at 8.30pm
Very much awaited by many, Christmas fair of Valencia started on the 6th of December and will be open until the 22nd of January. Music, lights and cotton candy is never missing at this Christmas event which by now has become a tradition.
As usual, the fair is located between Ingeniero Manuel Soto street and Francia avenue, where you have the access to a controlled Parking for the visitors of the Fair.