Thinking of travelling to Valencia for Christmas with the whole family? This time of the year is one of the favorites for children, as well as waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus or the Three Wise Men the little ones have many free days to do super entertaining activities.
The truth is that the youngest members of the family are lucky if they decide to visit the capital of the Turia with their parents, since during the month of December and the first week of January the city has prepared a spectacular agenda with markets, concerts, children’s fairs, ice rinks, theatre, cribs or circuses that add to the classics such as the Gulliver, the Bioparc or the City of Arts and Sciences. Take good note because we are going to recommend very fun plans to do in Valencia at Christmas with children.
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What to do in Valencia at Christmas with children
It’s very easy to enjoy Christmas in Valencia. The capital of the Turia is a city excellently communicated by road, with the AVE and also through the flights that land in the airport of Manises. Due to its location next to the Mediterranean, it enjoys an extraordinary climate (even in December and January). In addition, these days is dressed in their best clothes to receive travelers. Take good note that we are going to see what you can do in Valencia at Christmas with children.
Ice rink, carousel and the large fir tree in the Town Hall Square
If there is a place that is completely transformed when Christmas arrives, it is the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia. The traditional flower kiosks will coexist with a fun ice rink that will have two different spaces designed for children and adults.
In addition, the traditional two-storey merry-go-round, which is designed for the youngest members of the family, is installed right next to the house. However, this is not the only thing that changes, as you can visit the 150-piece nativity scene in the Crystal Hall of the Town Hall or take photos with the giant decorated Christmas fir tree that adorns this emblematic place of the capital of Turia (you can also come to see the birth in the gardens of the Plaza de la Reina).
By the way, this will not be the only giant tree you can find in Valencia, as others have been installed in the Colón Market, Benimaclet, Doctor Collado, Creu del Canyamelar, Patraix, Sant Valer and Campanar.
What to do in Valencia with children?
The Christmas Markets of Valencia
When Christmas arrives, Valencia is decorated with lights, firs, signs, arches and the long-awaited Christmas markets that attract the attention of locals and visitors are installed. We’re going to list the highlights for you to visit with the children:
Plaza de la Reina (until 6 January): this is where the popular Crafts Fair is set up, where you can buy in 27 typical local production stalls. Central Market (until 6 January): Christmas-themed items in one of Valencia’s must-see places. Mercado de Colón (from 13 December to 5 January): a craft show where, in addition to tasting Valencia’s typical gastronomy, you can also buy ceramics, jewellery, wooden toys or leather goods. In addition, in the same place you will find the market of Nativity Scene Makers in which you will be able to find authentic jewels elaborated by the craftsmen of the Association of Nativity Scene Makers of the Valencian Community. Tapinería Market (from December 20 to January 5) where you will find unconventional gifts in its own Christmas market.Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (from 14 December to 6 January): in addition to visiting one of the most emblematic places in Valencia, you will also have a market where you will find stalls with all kinds of gifts of jewellery, vintage articles and wooden toys.Jul Konstruktion (from 19 December to 5 January): as if it were a trip to Lapland, the Jorge Juan gallery offers a selection of pieces by fashion, accessories and decoration artists and designers. In addition, there will be live concerts, workshops, exhibitions and activities for children. El Cabanyal (from 3 to 5 January) traditional Reyes market with more than 200 stalls.
Christmas fairs and activities for children in Valencia
Christmas markets tend to appeal to the whole family, but children look for strong emotions and fun activities. One of the most special for children of all ages is the traditional Feria Valencia Expojove (26 December and 4 January). This festival designed for the enjoyment of the whole family has very exciting attractions and original and interactive stands to have a great time. The offer is so great that we recommend that you go at least half a day and buy the ticket online to avoid queues (children under 4 years do not pay entrance fee).
Another very interesting Christmas Fair is the one that they install every year in the Marina of Valencia. Children will enjoy the beautiful Ferris wheel, trampolines, bumper cars and attractions designed for family fun.
On the other hand, the City of Arts and Sciences (faithful to its spirit of learning and having fun) has prepared numerous activities for the whole family. In addition to the flea market we talked about above there will be music, puppets, foodtrucks, a road safety circuit and an ecological enclosure designed for children with games, photocall, mailbox for collecting letters and a solidarity corner to donate toys and food.
Christmas shows and children’s theatre in Valencia
The magic of Christmas also comes in the form of shows so that children (and not so children) are fascinated by productions full of light and colour. For example, the Olympia Theatre in Valencia has programmed the 23rd and 26th of December and the 2nd and 6th of January the musical Alice in Wonderland. Another musical version of this universal work by Lewis Carroll will be on display at the Sala Russafa from 19 December to 6 January.
But if you want to believe in real magic, don’t miss the Talia Theatre’s Magic Christmas cycle, where you’ll be left with your mouth open thanks to the tricks of five illusionists. Another not-to-be-missed event will take place at the Palau de les Arts from 26 December to 5 January. This is The Opera Locos de Yllana, an operatic comedy show in which the greatest hits of the opera merge with other musical styles in the most original way.
The lovers of circus shows are also in luck because acrobats and tightrope walkers from all over the world meet in Valencia in four different venues. The Wonderland, located on Pío Baroja Avenue, next to the Bioparc; the Great Circus Alaska, on South Boulevard (Tres Cruces Avenue), the Raluy Legacy in the València Marina and the Great Circus Fele in the Espai Rambleta.
Route of the Nativity Scenes of Valencia
In addition to the birth of the Plaza de la Reina and the Bethlehem that will be exhibited in the Crystal Hall of Valencia City Hall, you can visit the Cathedral, the Bethlehem Napolitano of the National Museum of Ceramics, the Gallery Jorge Juan, the Arts and Crafts Center of the Valencian Community or the Columbus Market.
Letter to the Three Wise Men at the Bioparc and Three Kings’ Cavalcade
In our house we have always said that if you don’t send the letter to the Three Wise Men they don’t bring you gifts. A very special place to do this is the so-called “Poblado de las Jaimas” in front of the Bioparc Valencia. The emissaries of Their Oriental Majesties are set up in authentic Berber tents and receive the children to listen to their wishes and requests. In exchange for the letter, all children between the ages of 4 and 12 are given an annual children’s pass to enter the Bioparc free of charge.
And the end of this Christmas Infinita de Valencia is the impressive parade of the Three Wise Men of the 5th of January. Their Eastern Majesties disembark at the Marina of the Port of Valencia at 17:00 and parade along the Paseo de la Alameda in the capital of the Turia in their spectacular floats. The end of the party will take place in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia, where Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will greet the children who will be enchanted by their magic. There are chairs to see more comfortably the cavalcade of Kings of Valencia that can be booked for 3 euros from 16:00 hours.
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For more information you can visit the official website of Visit Valencia.