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Would you like to experience a Christmas near the sea? In Sitges you can find the tradition combined with the mild of the Mediterranean climate. Enjoy the tranquility of this seaside town in your winter holidays and discover how is Sitges at Christmas.
For those who are looking for the traditional Christmas, from December 18th to January 6th you can visit the Nativity scene dioramas' exhibition. It is placed in the Palau del Rei Moro, a Gothic building which is part of the architectural heritage of Catalonia, and it is organized by the Grup Pessebrista de Sitges. The schedule is from 6 pm to 8 pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 11 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm on holidays.
In addition, as a result of this activity it is also carried out a tour of nativity scenes, where you can admire different scenes exhibit figures representing the birth of Jesus. This route runs from the town hall square to the Sant Joan Baptista hospital.
Another classic event is the representation of Els Pastorets de Sitges, a theatrical and musical show. It is a tradition for Christmas in Catalonia, in which the birth of Jesus is relived from the point of view of the shepherds, with the fight between good and evil involved. The performances are given in the Casino Prado Suburense on December 27th and 28th.
For those who like sports, a fun proposal is the Sant Silvestre Sitgetana Pirata race. It is a small open training of 5 or 10km through the streets of Sitges which ends on the seafront with a little party for the new year. It used to be held on December 31st at 4:30 pm from the Palau del Rei Moro.
One of the most popular activities is the Feria de Santa Llúcia, installed in the Oasis area, where you can find all kinds of Christmas decorations, ornaments and craft figures. However, another Sitges Christmas market that stands out for its originality this years is the Sitges Christmas Festival.
Since 2015 this Christmas fair in Sitges is being the favorite of those who love crafts. The Sitges Christmas Festival is considered the first fair of Christmas patchwork in the country, with more than fifty exhibitors and numerous professionals. From December 2nd to 4th, from 10 am to 9 pm, you can buy all sorts of products "do it yourself" and attend to demonstrations of a few consolidated participants. The place chosen for this event is a tent on the beach of La Fragata, specifically installed for the fair by the Town Council of Sitges in collaboration with the Asociación Española de Patchwork (Spanish Association of Patchwork). Access is free.
If you come to spend Christmas in Sitges with the whole family, there are also various activities designed for little kids.
One is the parque de Navidad de Sitges (Christmas Park), which has many sporting and leisure activities for children: games, workshops, elastic beds, inflatables and crafts, among others. The Associació Esportiva d'Amics del Bàsquet and the sports services of the Town Council prepare the facilities at the Pavelló Pins to accommodate more than 2,000 children as in previous editions. This year it will be celebrate from December 27th to January 5th. The schedule is from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, except on December 31st and January 5th that it is only open in the morning. It is closed in January 1st.
Another special activities for children are the Titelles de Nadal (Christmas puppets), a show dedicated to the little ones every January 5th in Sitges. This year the place chosen is the Teatre del Retiro at 12 pm.
Finally, the most important event is the visit of the Three Kings in Sitges:
On January 4th at 5 pm it take place the visit of the royal postman, who goes from Plaça Catalunya to the town hall square collecting letters of the children who have written to the Three Wise Men to order their Christmas gifts.
Finally, on January 5th it is the turn of the Three Kings parade in Sitges, in which Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar run the streets with their pageboys to greet all those who come to welcome them. The parade starts from the Baluard and down the stairs from La Punta to reach the town hall square.
Remember that if you are looking for accommodation in Sitges for your winter holidays with the whole family, you must book in advance because, although it is low season, the city becomes a perfect Christmas postcard to admire from the Sitges apartments on the beach.