The Costa Christmas
In Spain, even though there is a cosmopolitan mix, Christmas celebrations begin on 6th December. There are many festivities and events in the larger towns of Alicante and Valencia, including ice-skating rinks and seasonal fairs.
There are also festivals held in Denia including (mid-December) the Pilgrimage to St Lucia’s Hermitage and (in early January) the Procession of the Three Wise Men who, on arrival, traditionally give presents to local children.
Around the world, it is customary to decorate a tree and, as in many other warmer climates, mediterranean communities often wrap fairy lights around the trunks of palm trees, which can look quite spectacular during the dark evenings. Decorative lights are often used on ‘dead’ trees, which makes them look quite attractive.
Winter in Denia is rarely wet but can be a little chilly. In December and January, the average temperatures are 13 centigrade (minimum 8C, maximum 18C) and there are usually only 3 or 4 days a month when rain falls – usually between 20 and 30 mm (about an inch) per month. Designer villas feature pre-installation of air conditioning / heat pumps so that you should never have to suffer from being too hot or too cold.
The general Christmas greeting in Spanish is “Feliz Navidad”.