ALICANTE’S annual Santa’s Grotto will be open from Wednesday December 6 and located in the Parque de la Ereta under the shadow of Alicante Castle.
Santa Claus will once again be in the city centre to greet the children – and the young at heart – listening to what they want him to bring them this year and just double checking that they’ve been good and deserve a visit from him in the early hours of Christmas Day.
December 6 is the day of San Nicolás, not only the patron saint of children but also of Alicante itself, and so it’s a more than appropriate time to begin this year’s activities that will remain open throughout the December ‘bridge’ of holidays that last until Tuesday December 12.
Santa Claus’ house will feature a wishing well where children can drop their requests to the man himself in writing and there will also be a programme of entertainment to keep everyone amused while waiting to meet him in person. All the young visitors will have a photograph taken with Santa, but organisers warn parents with young children that there may be waiting times for longer than an hour.
Alicante council remind visitors that parking spaces around Santa’s House will be limited – especially if the sleigh and the reindeers are already parked up – and it’s recommended that people walk up to the Ereta via the many routes from the old town.
Opening times to visit the Santa Claus house are:
December 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17: 12 midday to 8pm
December 18 to 23 (inclusive): 12 midday to 6pm
December 24 and 25: 10am to 2pm