New Years Eve in Granada

Celebrating New Years Eve in Granada is generally a family affair. The most typical spot is Plaza del Carmen, the square outside Granada´s Town Hall. The Local Granada council organises live music and fireworks in the square. Usually beginning around 11pm and last until around 2am.

There is also a huge party at Sierra Nevada ski resort. Unless you have accomodation there you will need to make arrangements to get transport back to Granada ahead of time.

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12 grapes at Midnight

In Spain it´s traditional to eat 12 grapes as midnight strikes. Get the 12 grapes ready before midnight. Seedless grapes work best ; )  On each chime of midnight you eat one. This brings good luck for the new year.

Each grape represent a month of the new year.

12 grapes at midnight New Year Spain

Where to celebrate New Years Eve in Granada

Dining out on New Years Eve can be an costly exercise. It´s typical to have elaborate dishes with fish and seafood as the last dinner of the year.

Many restaurants are closed on 31st December (dinner service) so you need to plan ahead to find out the places that are offering New Years Eve Dinner Menus and book in advance. Locals tend to eat together as a family and go out afterwards (after midnight)

Expect to pay around 70 euros – 120 euros for a New Years Eve dinner and drinks.

If you are staying in Granada over New Years, it is essential to plan ahead. Especially what your will do for dinner on New Years Eve. Make sure you get something that suits your budget and location.

Most bars will not open until 1am or a little later.

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New Year Eve Menus in Granada

Here are four options that I have information about so far this year for 31 December 2019.

El Secreto de Humphrey Calle General Navaraez (close to Calle Recogidas)

Their New Year Eve Menu 2019 is made up of 8 courses and costs 75 euros including a drink at the end of the meal.

Restaurante La Platea has two locations, on Angel Ganivet and close to the Forum Building on Calle José Perez Pujadas. There New Years Menu looks fabulous this year. Priced at 100 euros per person for a five course meal.

Ruta del Azafran on Carrera del Darro Has a 5 course New Year Menu This location opposite the Alhambra in lower Albaicin costs 120 euros per person.

The Hotel Alhambra Palace traditionally has a Gala Dinner on 31st December. Find out more about New Years Eve 2019 

November in Granada Plaza Nueva

New Years Day

On the 1st January shops and museums are closed.

Many restaurants are closed. Some may open on the evening of the 1st January.

Make sure you get any supplies on 31st Jan in the morning. (1st and 2nd January are holidays in Granada)

The Alhambra Palace is not open on 1st January 2020. So you need to book your tickets for 31st December or 2nd January 2020

The Alhambra Palace Walls Spain Blog

Dia de la Toma

On the 2nd January Granada celebrates a local festival. El Día de la Toma which means the seizing or the taking of Granada. This day marks the conquest of the kingdom of Granada by Isabel and Ferdinard the Catholic kings on this day in 1492. This celebration is controversial. Some believe it is outdated to celebrate such an event. The main part of the day is held at Granada Town Hall in Plaza del Carmen at 12 noon.

The flag is waved from the town hall balcony. Then there is a procession. The bell above the Alhambra´s watchtower Torre de la Vela is also rung as it would have been all those centuries ago. The service does not last long, its around 30 minutes to an hour)2 January 2015 Granada

A Spanish Christmas

From 2nd to 5th January enjoy the last days of the Nativity Scene Route in the city.
As Epiphany is important in the Spanish calendar it is Christmas right up until the 6th of January.
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El Duende Fermin

Once the Cabalgata ends at the Town hall. Duende Fermin appears on the balcony  on Plaza del Carmen.
He thanks the three kings and warns local children that must go to bed ontime and be good to get their Christmas gifts.
After this talk by Duende Fermin,  Fireworks close the cabalgata shooting off into the night sky over Granada town hall.
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Three Kings in Granada

Early on the evening of the 5th January the three Kings of orient arrive in Granada. The kings and their calvacades throw sweets as they walk through the city centre. The parade sets off from C/Rector Lopez Argueta. Then it moves along Gran Via and down into centre of town to Puerta Real. To see the exact route check local press the day before. (Ideal Granada or Ahoragranada)

  • Starts: 6.00pm at Plaza Gran Capitán
  • Calle San Juan de Dios
  • Gran Vía de Colón then down along Calle Reyes Católicos,
  • Puerta Real then to Plaza del Humilladero
  • Carrera de la Virgen
  • Puerta Real and to Plaza del Campillo
  • Back to Calle Reyes Católicos and completes the route in Plaza del Carmen or Granada Town Hall. Estimated 10.30pm.

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Cabalgata de Reyes

While watching the parade you may want to keep an eye out for umbrellas. Some people open them, turn them upside down, so they may catch more sweets. Some people take stepladders to get a good view too. There are around 20 floats and around 10,000 kgs of sweets throw by hundreds of actors in the Granada parade. This has been going more than 100 years in Granada, one of Spains oldest parades. It began in 1912.

In that first edition even local Poet Federico García Lorca took part. You will enjoy this lively street parade known as Calbagata de Reyes Magos and you may even line your  pockets with some sweets.

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Duende Fermin

At the end of the Kings parade in Granada, the Duende Fermin comes out onto the balcony of Granada town hall. This magical character presents the three kings to the people of Granada. He also warns the local children that they must go to sleep in good time if they want to receive their Christmas presents.
After this short appearance by Duende Fermin. Fireworks are let off above the town hall building.

Roscon de Reyes

Shops are open until late on the 5th of January (until midnight) This is a great moment to buy a typical Roscon de Reyes. This traditional cake is eaten on the 5th or 6th of January. A brioche style mixture they are decorated with candied fruit and sugar. Filling are white cream (nata) or crème patisserie (crema). Other fillings are now becoming poular too such as truffle or chocolate.
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Watch out for objects inside the Roscon. The Spanish answer to the sixpence or three penny bit is ´La haba´.  Inside each roscon you will find a dried broad bean. If you get this in your piece, tradition says you should pay for the whole cake. You may be a luckier and find the King.
If you do you will be King for the day. Usually you get a cardboard crown to wear for the day. So to avoid problems between siblings, parents ask their baker to put in one king figure for each child.
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Coal for Naughty Children

In Spain the morning of the 6th January is when the Christmas presents arrive. After the three kings of orient have delivered them on the night of the 5th.
If you have been naughty, it´s traditional that they  leave coal instead of gifts.
To make this custom more gentle for mischievous children there is a sweet version of coal.
This black sugar based treat is a warning.

Carbon de azucar Sugar Coal Spain

January Sales in Spain

In Spain the January sales begin at 10am on Thursday 7th January 2018.

Shops also open on the first Sunday of the sales from 11am to 4pm.