CHRISTMAS DAY itself may well be over for another year, but there’s still plenty of festive fun to be had in Murcia in the final days of 2018, and around the Three Kings Holiday at the start of January.
Giant Christmas Tree
This is found in the Plaza Circular had features a number of activities for children every day (except Sunday January 1, 2018) between 11.30am to 2pm and again from 5pm to 7.30pm. There is also a special 10 minute audio-visual display taking place at 8pm and 9.30pm every day until January 6.
Municipal Nativity Scene
The Murcia ‘Belen’ is in the Palacio Episcopal in the main Cathedral Square and open until January 6. The opening hours are:
Monday to Friday – 9am to 1.30pm & 5pm to 10pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Fiestas -10am to 1.30pm & 5pm to 10pm
New Years Eve – 9am to 1pm
Santa’s Grotto, Toboggan run and Ice Skating
These extra special features for the Christmas season are will be open on the Plaza del Cuartel de Artilleria until January 6. There’s a 40 metre long toboggan course, a 500m2 ice skating rink and, not forgetting Santa’s Grotto and the last chance for the Spanish children to ask for their presents for January 6.
The cost is €6 for one hour of ice skating and €4 for the toboggan, and all the attractions will be open at the following times:
Monday to Friday – 4pm to 10pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm
New Years Eve – 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 7.30pm
Other events for Murcia
Sunday December 31:
11.30pm – New Years Eve party and ringing of the Cathedral bells in the Plaza Santa Domingo
Friday January 5:
10am – Roscons (3,000 traditional cakes) plus presents and prizes will be given out in the Glorieta de Espana
12.30pm – Welcoming of the Three Kings at the Town Hall
6pm – Three Kings Parade. The route will be: Avda. San Juan de la Cruz, Torre de Romo, Alameda de Colón, Gran Vía Salzillo, Pza. Circular, Alfonso X el Sabio finishing on Avda. Gutiérrez Mellado. The parade finishes at the nativity scene where they make a symbolic offering of their gifts as well as collecting the present cards which have been written by the children and previously placed in the post box in the Plaza Santo Domingo.