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CHRISTMAS IN NAVARRA. 25 PLANS FUN, FUN, FUN!

BED4U 23/12/2019
Christmas is just around the corner and holidays arrive marked by the desire to enjoy with family, friends and partner. If you are looking for a place where you can make plans of all kinds, Navarra is your destination. Do not look any further! Here we leave you 25 irresistible plans. Dream big, organize your Christmas getaway well, for them!

CHRISTMAS NIGHT - DECEMBER 24

Christmas Eve with Olentzero (LESAKA)
In Lesaka, where he was born, and in other Pyrenean towns, Christmas Eve has a special protagonist, it is Olentzero, a big-headed character who comes down from the northern mountains to announce the arrival of the Child Jesus and who showers the little ones with gifts himself. day. It is easy to distinguish, because this charcoal burner wears a smudged face, a pipe and a beret and is seated on a small platform that is carried on litters by the young people of the town.

NEW YEAR'S EVE - DECEMBER 31

The Urdiain Water Rite To bury the year that is ending and wish happiness for the one who is born, in this Navarran town this rite is celebrated at midnight on December 31, in which the young people of the town collect water at the fountain of the Cuatro Caños and they offer it to the authorities and neighbors in exchange for a Christmas bonus. Glin Glan (BERA) On New Year's Eve, the children go from neighborhood to neighborhood, singing in the streets and asking at the houses. Nuts, candies, fruit, etc. are thrown from the windows.

Diostesalve (BERA): On December 31, at dusk, some verses are sung to say goodbye to the year and wish the new. New Year's Eve party and costumes. Pamplona, and other Navarran towns, have a tradition of celebrating the New Year dressed up in the streets in the style of a Christmas carnival.

NIGHT OF KINGS - JANUARY 5

In Lumbier and Sangüesa
There are nights and nights and that of January 5 is special in some Navarran towns, because the parade of floats of the Kings and their pages distributing illusion among the little ones, in places like Lumbier a curious tradition is added, that of filling with noise -The first with cowbells and the second with cauldrons- the night to guide the Magi from the East. Already on January 6, in Sangüesa the Auto de los Reyes Magos takes place, an open-air theatrical representation that runs through emblematic places of this beautiful town located on the Camino de Santiago.

Pamplona horseback riding. Spectacular and pioneer in Spain for using cut buses for floats.



OTHER DATES

Apart from the parade, the Asociación Cabalgata Reyes Magos de Pamplona, carry out other Christmas activities in the city such as:

the Carriage of the Royal Mail Carriers that collect the letters from the children to the Three Wise Men making several stops in Pamplona.
The Royal Dromedaries; in which children can have a photographic memory of Christmas, mounted on the Royal Dromedaries that, with their exotic touch, walk them through the Plaza del Castillo. And the Street Festival on January 4 free outdoor activity that includes various performances such as concerts, flag bearers and equestrian exhibitions.
Coronation of King Faba, (MARCILLA) - JANUARY 11 Half a century has been celebrated in Marcilla the celebration of the coronation of King Faba, a tradition of the Middle Ages that consisted of naming a poor child as king for a day. To carry out the election, a faba (bean) was introduced into a donut and the child who found it was proclaimed king. The party, which will take place on January 11, includes a street parade in which the king goes to the church accompanied by his entourage and where the prince of Viana and Mrs. Blanca of Navarra will not be absent, as well as a procession of minstrels, musicians and dancers in the purest medieval style.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Pamplona Christmas Fair: The Pamplona Bullring is full of gifts and proposals for all tastes. In its stands you can find everything from handicrafts, caramelised almonds and exotic clothing to esoteric products, perfumes and costume jewelery. The Fair will remain open until January 5, in the morning and afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will only close on Wednesdays, December 25 and January 1.

Bethlehem

Living nativity scenes of Peralta, San Adrián and Cortes. Navarre towns are transformed into an immense living nativity scene. This great play, in which hundreds of neighbors participate, takes place in the old town of the town, where there is no shortage of gastronomic tastings with stalls of chistorra, chestnuts, crumbs, wine and cheese. Nativity scenes exhibitions. You can organize a nice tour by visiting the website of the Pamplona Nativity Scene Association.

NEWS: ICE RUNWAY AND ARTIFICIAL SNOW SLIDE IN PAMPLONA

This year the Pamplona City Council retakes the much-sought-after ice rink located in Paseo Sarasate that will open, free of charge, from December 20 to January 5. And as a novelty, also in the Paseo Sarate, there is the artificial snow slide, a giant attraction, since the sliding ramp is 36 meters long, 6.5 m. wide and the descent will be from 8 meters high.



SPORT AND NATURE

San Silvestre Pamplona, Lerín or Tudela
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Belagua
Encounters with nature. Although the valleys of Roncal and Salazar, in the Navarrese Pyrenees, are the favorite destination of fans of skiing, snowshoeing and snowshoeing, there are other equally beautiful corners that contain dreamlike places such as the Baztan valley, the Irati jungle or the Bardenas Reales, the Robledal de Orgui and the Sierra de Aralar. Caves: A plan full of mystery, history and nature. We propose you those of Zugarramurdi and Mendiluko.



URBAN

Medieval Christmas. Castles, walls and stories of knights errant will surprise you in the unavoidable visits to the towns of Olite, Ujué, Cerco de Artajona, Puente la Reina, Estella and Javier, Theater. The Baluarte and the Gayarre Theater host Christmas shows for older children every Christmas. Check its schedule and be sure to include it in your plan.

Whatever your plan, you cannot miss that shopping, lights and pintxos tours in Pamplona or Tudela. Guided night tours of the old town of Pamplona organized by the City Council.

Navipark is an ideal plan for families looking for a secluded place that has everything. Located in REFENA (Navarra fairground), it is a fair designed for the little ones with inflatables, movies, games and endless activities for children.

Games and activities in the streets of Pamplona. During all Christmas, the streets of Pamplona (Plaza del Castillo, Carlos III, Paseo Sarasate) will have indoor and outdoor facilities, dedicated to activities, workshops and games for the little ones to enjoy.
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