The city is getting dressed up and its streets and squares are being filled with lights, decorations and Christmas cheer, so you can enjoy this time of year while taking in the shops. We hope the magic of this festive season will accompany you all over the city, and that you enjoy its food, its shops, its people, its cultural programme and the city itself, wrapped up in Christmas spirit. Christmas has arrived in San Sebastián 4TH DECEMBER Turning on the Christmas lights On 4th December, the San Sebastián Christmas lights will be switched on.
You can’t miss the huge tree at the Palacio de Miramar, the ball on the Paseo de La Concha or the illuminated boxes on the Urumea river. The Christmas lights will be switched on at the Paseo de Francia, next to the CHRISTMAS MARKET, which will be open until the festive season ends. A place with real Christmas flavour, filled with gift ideas in the 30 stalls set up on the banks of the Urumea river, including a sled track, a big wheel, performances and fireworks.
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CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME 2017-2018 Further information: www.sansebastianturismo.com 21 ST DECEMBER Santo Tomás Fair San Sebastián transforms into a rural market for the Santo Tomás Fair, with chistorra sausage taking centre stage. A wonderful party atmosphere, with stalls offering handicrafts, farming produce, animal displays, scarecrow competitions, to name but a few. Plaza de la Constitución, Parte Vieja, Boulevard, Plaza de Gipuzkoa. From 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 24TH DECEMBER Olentzero & Mari Domingi parade Olentzero arrives on Christmas Eve, accompanied by Mari Domingi, to hand out presents to all the children.
He will arrive in San Sebastián at 3:00 p.m. where there will be a reception with the children at the Town Hall. Later, the parade will pass through the streets of the city centre. 5TH JANUARY Arrival of the Three Kings with parade Arrival of the Three Kings in the city, and a parade through different districts. Reception with the children at the Town Hall at 3:30 p.m. and a parade through the city from 6:00 p.m. Magical moments
Christmas activities 2 Have fun shopping at over a hundred stores that are taking part in the city’s Christmas campaign, and where a red carpet and Christmas decorations await you. www.sansebastianshops.com 10th Christmas Window Competition From the 4th of December, the shop windows put on their Christmas sparkle. You can see them all, each one original in its own way, and you can vote for the one you like best, between 7th and 14th December, on our web page: www.sansebastianshops.com HemenGO Shopping Guided tours organised by San Sebastián Shops to show you the finest shops in the city over Christmas.
www.hemengoshopping.com Christmas shopping at San Sebastian shops 14TH DECEMBER Gastropote New Year’s Eve Special There will be a Gastropote Christmas special at the San Martín market, including a chance to celebrate the end of the year. Live music, pintxos and traditional end- of-year grapes. From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Free .
CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME 2017-2018 Further information: www.sansebastianturismo.com 2N D DECEMBER Christmas decorations at Koisi Hostel At Paseo de Hériz 38, we would like to invite you to take part in decorating our hostel’s café for Christmas. Join us for Christmas carols and hot chocolate. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free admission. From 18th to 22nd December, we would also like to invite you to try our Christmas cards and biscuits workshop. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Merry Mallorca Pop-Up This Christmas, MIMO brings a piece of the Mediterranean to San Sebastián.
There will be a pop-up on the first weekend in December, with gifts, handicrafts, wines and other produce from the Balearic Islands. On 1st December, Perrier Jouet champagne tasting (6:30 p.m.) at calle Camino 1. Free.
www.facebook.com/clubmimo Christmas activities Special Christmas Market Textile designs, jewellery, paper, furniture and ceramics. From 15th December 2017 until 15th January 2018. Ekain Arte Lanak, calle Iñigo 4. www.ekainartelanak.com 16TH DECEMBER WINE Market In Goñi Ardoteka, calle Aldamar 3. This Wine Market is an opportunity to meet wine producers in person, taste wines from different zones and different varieties of grape. An ideal setting to organise your Christmas shopping. Opening times: 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Admission 5€ including a drink and complementary glass.
Gabonak Artekon From 13th December to 13th January at the Arteko gallery (calle Iparragirre 4), an opportunity to find the perfect gift for art lovers. Free admission. Plaza de Gipuzkoa Nativity Scene Generations of San Sebastián locals have grown up with this Christmas classic. Open-air nativity with different scenes. Asociación Belenista de Gipuzkoa.
ALSO: BEHARKO NATIVITY (Intxaurrondo) LOIOLA NATIVITY (Atari Eder gardens)
Concerts CONCERT FOR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES OF THE ORFEÓN DONOSTIARRA Basque National Orchestra. 14th December, Kursaal auditorium, 8:00 p.m. SUPER AMARA CHARITY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL With El Consorcio and La Kuadrilla. 15th December, Kursaal auditorium. 8:00 p.m. “THE MESSIAH” DE G.F. HAENDEL. The King’s Consort. 16th December, Kursaal auditorium. 8:00 p.m. “CARMINA BURANA” AND “BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY”. Ukrainian State Choir and Symphony Orchestra. 18th December, Kursaal auditorium, 8:00 p.m.
EL DIARIO VASCO CHRISTMAS CONCERT. Basque National Orchestra and Orfeón Donostiarra. For the benefit of Gautena, Gipuzkoa Autism Association. 21st December, Kursaal auditorium, 8:00 p.m. JORGE DREXLER “Salvavidas de hielo”. 22nd December, Kursaal chamber hall, 8:00 p.m. LOU TOPET. “PETE SEEGER GOGOAN”. 27th December, Teatro Victoria Eugenia, 8:00 p.m. - 12€ CHOIR, BALLET AND ORCHESTRA OF THE RUSSIAN ARMY OF ST PETERSBURG, 23rd December, Kursaal auditorium, 9:00 p.m. INDIA MARTÍNEZ: “TOUR SECRETO”. 27th December, Kursaal auditorium, 8:00 p.m. 20TH UNICEF CONCERT – ORFEÓN DONOSTIARRA Orfeoi Txiki, Orfeoi Gazte.
28th December, Kursaal auditorium. 7:00 p.m.. AMATEUR, DEBUT!
28th December, Teatro Victoria Eugenia, 8:00 p.m. - 20€ MIKEL ERENTXUN “El hombre sin sombra” 29th December at 8:00 p.m. at the Teatro Victoria Eugenia - 22€ GREATEST FILM SOUNDTRACK HITS. 30th December, Kursaal auditorium, 9:00 p.m. SKY BEATS PIANO TAPES FEAT. PAUL SAN MARTÍN. 30th December, Teatro Victoria Eugenia Club. 8:00 p.m. - 8€ EUSKAL HERRIKO GAZTE ORKESTRA. Teatro Victoria Eugenia, 3rd January at 8:00 p.m. - 10€ JOHANN STRAUSS GRAND NEW YEAR CONCERT. 4th January, Kursaal auditorium. 8:00 p.m.
WELCOME TO BROADWAY. Broadway Symphony Orchestra. 7th January, Kursaal auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
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CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME 2017-2018 Further information: www.sansebastianturismo.com Gospel ALABAMA GOSPEL CHOIR. 29th December, Kursaal auditorium. 9:00 p.m. Magia DONOSTIA VIVE LA MAGIA “THE BEST MAGICIANS IN THE WORLD” 6th January, Kursaal auditorium, 7:00 p.m Ballet “THE NUTCRACKER” Solo stars from the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow State Ballet and Grand Symphony Orchestra. 26th December, Kursaal auditorium, 8:00 p.m. “SWAN LAKE” Solo stars from the Bolshoi theatre, Moscow State Ballet and Grand Symphony Orchestra. 2nd January, Kursaal auditorium, 8:00 p.m. Theater “OLEANNA” Pentación - El Cuervo - Txalo Producciones.
30th December, Teatro Principal, 8:00 p.m. Price: - 18€ / 10€ STAND-UP at the Ametzagaña Gastro Bar, camino de Uba 61. Saturdays 2nd and 16th December at 8:00 p.m. Free admission. www.ametzagana.com Tabakalera EXHIBITION CALE, CALE, CALE! CAALE!!! Open up until 4th February. EXHIBITION HOT IRON MARGINALIA Adrià Julià. Open up until 4th February. MALAS MADRES, LIVES HANGING BY A STRING Intervention on the balcony overlooking the square. EXHIBITION MAÑANA GOODBYE. A GROUP OF WOMEN WHO WORK TOGETHER THE WALL Intervention during the month of December. Christmas shows and cultural events
Traditions Culture Folklore 4 4th Sagardo Apurua From 6th to 10th December, in the San Sebastián Boulevard, an old traditional farmhouse will be recreated, with a press from which you can try some cider that comes via the Urumea river, just like it used to in a bygone age.
There will, of course, be no shortage of pintxos, processions, bertsos [poetry], rural sports and the presence of Albaola (San Juan whaleship), the Zerain Ethnographic Museum and Gastromuseum workshops. Opening hours: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m./5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
This year, there will also be: Pintxos and Designation of Origin cider tasting (6th December at 6:30 p.m. - 5€). Pintxos and special cider tasting and pairing session (7th December at 6:30 p.m. - 5€). Food & cider pairing meal with local Basque produce and special ciders (9th December at 2:00 p.m. - 35€). www.sagardotegiak.com Pelota Jaialai experience A great opportunity for the whole family to discover the pelota court and its history, to learn the sport from a professional pelota player, and to see how the baskets and balls used in Basque pelota are made using traditional methods. To finish, you can sit back and enjoy a festival of professional pelota.
Frontón Galarreta Jaialai. Barrio Jauregui 25, Hernani. Every Thursday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Price: 30€, children are free. www.galarreta-jaialai.com Final of remonte* pairs. 23rd December at 5:00 p.m. Frontón Galarreta Jaialai. Price: 35€ adults, 15€ young people, children under the age of 18 free. www.oriamendi2010.com * Type of basque pelota.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME 2017-2018 Further information: www.sansebastianturismo.com Plans with children 5 Christmas Playground From 22nd December to 4th January at the Kursaal centre (closed on 24-25-31 December and 1st January) Opening hours: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Prices: 6€ children, 5.50€ adults. www.pindonostia.eu “PinoXXio” Ananda Dansa. Teatro Victoria Eugenia. 23rd December at 5:30 p.m. Prices: 9€-7€-5€. “Treasure map” Albaola Factory, Ondartxo Ibilbidea, Pasai San Pedro. Solve the secret hidden in the map you will be given at the entrance, and let yourself be guided by our cabin boy, Txo.
From 26th to 30th December, and from 2nd to 7th January. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. / 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. 5€ children over the age of 7, free for children between 0-6 years. www.albaola.com Pirritx, Porrotx eta Marimotots 3rd January, Kursaal auditorium, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. “The Legend of Swan Lake” La Factoría de Cuentos. Teatro Victoria Eugenia, 4th January at 5:30 p.m. Prices: 9€-7€-5€. HAUR PARKEA KUTXA EKOGUNEA Animaliak neguan zer? Dramatized tale (4th January). Xylophone with glass jars workshop (23rd, 27th and 30th December). + ACTIVITIES: Winter camps (26th to 29th December and 2nd to 5th January).
Día de los Inocentes [Spanish Fool’s Day] (28th December).
EUREKA ZIENTZIA MUSEOA Science Workshops From 26th December to 5th January. A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES aimed at children and young people. Science Txoko, Winter Technology Camps. New at the Planetarium, now in 3D. Guided tours of the Animalia hall. There will also be simulators, shows and entertainment at the museum. www.eurekamuseoa.es
Sports 6 Saint Sylvester Road Race, San Sebastián 31st December at 4:00 p.m. Distance: 8.2 km. Starting point: Avenida de Zarautz, Finish: Calle Easo. www.sansilvestredonostiarra.com 2nd Kia Novocar Askatuak Cup On 27th, 28th and 29th December, Benta Berri and Pío Baroja sports halls.
www.askatuak.com FROM 8T H TO 10T H DECEMBER Steak Festival Tingladillo de Tolosa. Lunch on 8th, 9th and 10th December at 2:00 p.m. Dinner on 9th December at 9:00 p.m. Price: 45€. 23RD DECEMBER Special Christmas Market Plaza del Triángulo de Tolosa, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Plans near San Sebastián Mariano Martos tolosaldea.eus