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Exploring the Magic of Christmas Markets in Euskady

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Discover the festive charm of Bilbao during the holiday season. As the largest city in the Basque Country, Bilbao transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a unique blend of traditional Basque culture and modern festivities. From the iconic Guggenheim Museum to the historic Casco Viejo, the city is a treasure trove of cultural delights, especially during Christmas.

 

 

 

 

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Bilbao's Christmas Markets: A Festive Affair by the Ripa Pier

In the heart of Bilbao’s historic old town, the Ripa Pier becomes the backdrop for one of the city’s cherished Christmas markets. Comprising 20 charming stalls adorned with festive decor, this delightful shopping area welcomes visitors from December 1st to January 5th. Opening its doors from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and then again from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, it offers a range of seasonal delights.

Additionally, Bilbao hosts the Christmas Craft Fair, known as Gabonart, which sets up at the El Arenal Pier. Running from December 15th, 2023, to January 5th, 2024, this fair showcases an array of artisanal products, making it a perfect destination for holiday shopping.

 

San Sebastian's Christmas Market: A Festive Delight by the Urumea River

n the heart of San Sebastian, the Paseo del Urumea and the Plaza Ramón Labayen come alive with the enchanting spirit of Christmas. From December 1st to January 7th, over 50 charming stalls will transform this area into a winter wonderland, brimming with delightful treasures perfect for the holiday season. The San Sebastian Christmas Market welcomes visitors from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and then again from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM on weekdays. On holidays and the eve of festivities, the market extends its hours, opening from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

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Vitoria's Festive Street Markets: A Winter Wonderland

Vitoria, another enchanting city in the Basque Country, embraces the holiday spirit with open arms. From December 15th, 2023, to January 6th, 2024, Independence Street and the Plaza de los Celedones de Oro host a delightful Christmas market featuring 35 stalls. Here, you’ll find an array of artisanal products, both locally crafted and sourced from beyond the city’s borders.The market keeps its doors wide open from 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM, allowing visitors to explore its festive offerings at their leisure. Whether you’re seeking handcrafted gifts or simply want to immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere, Vitoria’s Christmas market has something special for everyone.

Vitoria, another enchanting city in the Basque Country, embraces the holiday spirit with open arms. From December 15th, 2023, to January 6th, 2024, Independence Street and the Plaza de los Celedones de Oro host a delightful Christmas market featuring 35 stalls. Here, you’ll find an array of artisanal products, both locally crafted and sourced from beyond the city’s borders.

The market keeps its doors wide open from 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM, allowing visitors to explore its festive offerings at their leisure. Whether you’re seeking handcrafted gifts or simply want to immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere, Vitoria’s Christmas market has something special for everyone.

Elaborate on the unique ways Bilbao celebrates Christmas. From communal lunches blending tradition and innovation to singing carols and participating in Christmas activities, paint a vivid picture of the holiday spirit in the region.

 

 

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Irene was born and raised in Bilbao. She has a deep rooted passion for her country and culture. She has a Bachelors degree in education and has traveled to over 85 countries throughout the world.
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