Walking through Granada at Christmas is delightful, with so many lights, decorations, chestnut roasters on every corner and the feeling of being a part of something special. Just like every year, Granada is decked out in December, and we want to share it with everyone who loves our beautiful city.
In Granada it’s already Christmas time. The city’s traditional turning-on of the Christmas lights took place this evening, in an act where youngsters from SOS Children’s Villages played the starring role, alongside the city’s mayor, Francisco Cuenca, in turning on the extraordinary festive lights.
This year, the festive lighting in Granada will exclusively use LED technology for energy efficient and high quality lighting, savings and the necessary environmental protection.
In total, 1,453,895 lights of which 956,950 will be in the historic centre, retail and tourist-oriented streets, and 497,945 more in the surrounding neighbourhoods. The Fuente de las Batallas fountain is home to figures of the Three Kings, Bib Rambla has a 20m tall fir tree, Puerta Real is adorned with illuminated almond trees and Avenida de la Constitución boulevard is decorated with 30 tinsel trees. As far as neighbourhoods are concerned, 249 illuminated arches have been put up, 18 lamppost motifs and 15 LED light covered trees.
More about Granada at Christmas
As far as the timetable, the city centre will turn on its lights at 6:30pm and they will be on until midnight, except on Friday, Saturday and the night before public holidays, when they’ll be turned off at 2am; as well as on Christmas eve and New Year’s Eve, where they’ll be on until 6am. The neighbourhoods will have the same timetable, except Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where the lights will be turned off at midnight.
The municipal campaign ‘Vive tu Navidad, Vive Granada’ (Experience your Christmas, Experience Granada) will accompany the festive lighting and will feature a large slide imitating a mountain of snow you can ride down on a sled. It will be located at Humilladero with these huge dimensions: 32 metres long; 8 metres high and 6.5 metres wide.
For children, starting this morning, Puerta Real will have a 7.5 metre Santa Claus; and there are a large number of workshops and fun activities for children in a number of the city’s neighbourhoods, among other things.