AROUND 1,000 people attended the grand opening of the Santa Claus House in Alicante and there were so many people in the area that police were forced to close adjoining roads.
On the opening day, there were up to three hours to wait in queues which led to a number of complaints from members of the public asking for the attraction to be opened earlier rather than the 12 noon start.
The Santa Claus House opens on December 15, 16 and 17 from 12 noon to 8pm; December 18 to 23 (inclusive) from 12 noon to 6pm and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 10am to 2pm.
The main events in and around the Alicante City centre are:
Friday December 15:
7pm – Christmas concert by the Municipal Symphonic Band of Alicante in Las Cigarreras.
Friday December 15 to Sunday January 7:
Attractions in the Seneca Square from 10am to 2pm and from 4pm to 11pm, which go on until Midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.
Sunday December 17:
11am – Christmas swimming in the open water from the Cocó beach.
7pm – Concert of Ancient and Renaissance Choral Music at the Castle of Santa Bárbara.
Thursday December 21:
Mercadito de la cascaruja with crafts and Christmas products in the Paseo de Federico Soto until Sunday December 24 from 10am to 3pm and from 5pm to 11pm.
Friday December 22:
8pm – Christmas Concert in the Auditorium Provincial.