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For most Spaniards, there are three main stages to Christmas, starting with Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) which is very much a family affair. The evening may start at home but often ends up with a party in a hotel, club or disco with friends and family. It is likely that every generation of the family is represented. The party will go on all night. Cava (a fizzy champagne) is the most popular drink at Christmas with millions of bottles being sold. If you want a more traditional British Christmas Eve you can find that in one of the British or Irish bars in the town.
This is a fiesta day in Nerja, so all banks and shops are closed, probably to recover from the night before. Christmas Day in Nerja is one of the quietest of the year, but many restaurants offer a Christmas Day menu, although you should book well in advance.
New Years Eve
As usual there is a large free party on the Balcon de Europa from 11pm with live music. There will be a bar, but you can also bring your own Champagne and don’t forget the grapes to eat at Midnight.
The Three Kings
The next important day is the 6th January or Three Kings Day (Los Reyes). This is the day that the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem, it is also the most important day for the children as the Three Kings in effect replace Father Christmas for Spanish children (although Santa is becoming popular). There is always a parade through the streets on the 5th of January starting at 5pm from Verano Azul park and ending at the Balcon, with the Three Kings throwing sweets to the crowds.
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The Church of El Salvador on the Balcon de Europa will have Christmas concerts on the 17th and 18th of December and Midnight Mass sung by the Parish Choir on Christmas Eve.
The state-run El Gordo (the fat one) lottery will be drawn on December 22nd. Tickets are available from the lottery ticket office on Calle Cristo.
For the children, there will be a parade with Father Christmas starting at the Balcon de Europa at 7pm on the 23rd.
On Christmas Eve there will be open air Carol Singing on the Balcon de Europa at 4pm.
On Monday the 27th of December La Carpa will put on a children´s entertainment show.
New Years Eve will see the traditional party on the Balcon from 11pm, with live music.
On New Years Day there will be a concert in the Chapel at Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias.
The Nerja Cultural Centre (on Calle Granda) has a series of Christmas concerts – call in at the Cultural Centre for more information and tickets.
The Royal Postman will be collecting letters for Father Christmas on the 3rd of January at the Balcon at 5pm and handing out gifts and sweets to the children.
On the 5th of January Los Reyes (the Three Kings) will parade through the streets of Nerja starting from Parque Verano Azul at 5pm, to celebrate the arrival of Spanish Christmas.
Please note that although the events described take place every year, individual events and times are subject to confirmation from Nerja council nearer to Christmas. The Tourist Information office on the Balcon de Europa will have more information, including a leaflet listing what it on.