Crowds pack city square to watch Christmas switch-on

ILLUMINATIONS: Christmas begins in Murcia Photo credit: Twitter

THOUSANDS of people crowded into the main square in Murcia to witness the switching-on of the traditional lights on the giant Christmas tree that dominates the area.

This year’s tree is bigger than ever, reaching 40 metres into the sky and including 60,000 low energy lights. It’s the centre piece of the city’s Christmas celebrations and includes a winter theme park that is open to visitors.

The spectacular evening of entertainment – that featured performances from Ruth Lorenzo – was projected onto surrounding buildings and featured an incredible amount of special effects that included pyrotechnics based on some of the nearby roofs, and similar to those used by companies such as Disney.

The entire evening was relayed on four giant screens placed around the Plaza Circular for all those attending to enjoy.

Throughout the Christmas season and beyond into the New Year, the area features winter sports and games, workshops, a Nativity display, and entertainment for the whole family…all free.  The demonstrations and workshops include masterclasses on making Christmas biscuits, muffins and sweets, Christmas decorations, and balloon twisting.

Children’s activities take place from now until January 5 in the morning and afternoon and the special audio-visual shows will be held every day until December 21 at 8pm.  Between December 22 and January 6, there will be two shows at 8pm and again at 9.30pm.

There will also be a Solidarity Point in the square where any children who wish to donate one of their toys for other children in neighbouring towns.  In return for this generous and thoughtful gesture, each child will be given a bag of chocolate coins.

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