Christmas Ice Skating

Although it very rarely snows in Alicante, those visiting during the festive season can enjoy Christmas ice skating which is very popular here at this time of year. Being a predominantly hot country for most of the year and enjoying mainly mild winters, ice skating is somewhat of a novelty to Spaniards, and although Christmas celebrations in Spain are different and on different dates to most other countries, the city council in Alicante do their best to decorate the Town Hall and Plaza del Ayuntamiento, even adding a Christmas ice skating rink.

Christmas Festivities

The Town Hall and Plaza really come alive during the festivities with a special market offering traditional Christmas goodies, sweets, roasted nuts and gift ideas, charming nativity scenes and the all important brightly lit tree taking pride of place next to the Christmas ice skating rink. There is also a Toboggan Run in the Plaza de la Montaneta, further nativity scenes at the Central Market and Santa Claus's House in Ereta Park where the young ones can enjoy games, activities and music, as well as meeting Santa himself 🙂

A further Christmas Market sets up on the outskirts of the city in the Plaza de Gabriel Miró which is located in the residential area of Sant Vicent del Raspeig. Here there is usually around 50 market stalls, arts & crafts, nativity scenes, activities and games for the children as well as live music accompanied by much drinking and dancing.

Christmas Ice Skating

Setting up in the picturesque Plaza del Ayuntamiento each year from 2nd December to 8th January, the ice skating rink looks beautiful, especially at night when the rink is spotlighted with lovely coloured lights and the fairy lights in the surrounding trees reflect off the old buildings to create a wonderful Christmas scene. The rink measures 390 square metres and there are specially adapted sleighs for parents to push their young ones around whilst enjoying a bit of skating themselves. Opening hours are 10:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 – 22:00.

Tabarca Island Snorkel Safari

For visitors to warm climes such as Alicante, snorkelling has to be one of the most popular holiday activities suitable for all ages, and a fun day out can be had on a Tabarca Island Snorkel Safari.