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Things to see and do if you're travelling to the Basque Country this Christmas


Go to the Santo Tomás Fair

St. Thomas' day marks the beginning of Christmas in the Basque Country with the traditional markets of Santo Tomás in Bilbao and San Sebastián and the Santamasak in Arrasate / Mondragón.

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Santo Tomás

See the procession with Olentzero and Mari Domingi

Olentzero and Mari Domingi come down from their farmsteads to bring presents on Christmas eve and everybody welcomes them enthusiastically in the processions held in every town and village.

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Olentzero y Mari Domingi

Going to shops with a soul

In the Basque Country you'll find authentic, attractive and innovative local shops, shops with a soul where you can buy the quality products you and yours deserve.

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Strolling around the monumental nativity scene in Vitoria-Gasteiz

The monumental nativity scene in Vitoria-Gasteiz, with more than 200 life-size figures, is one of the most interesting in the world according to the World Federation of Friends of the Crèche.

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Belén Gasteiz

Run in the San Silvestre races

Bilbao, San Sebastián, Vitoria and dozens of other towns and villages in the Basque Country hold the popular San Silvestre races on New Year's Eve.

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San Silvestre

Enjoy the Christmas illuminations

Streets around the Basque Country are lit up with imaginative illuminations to spread the festive mood. Moreover, in some towns lighting the illuminations is a real event.

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Disfrutar de la iluminación de Navidad

Ice skating

More and more towns are installing ice skating rinks as a leisure option for all the family. In places like Vitoria-Gasteiz it's a tradition that attracts thousands of people every year.

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Patinar sobre hielo

Look for the present you're missing at the Christmas Markets

The craft markets installed in the streets of towns and villages are a meeting place where the public can buy products straight from the people who make them by hand.

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Buscar el regalo que te falta en los Mercados de Navidad

See the Three Kings' procession

The Three Kings arrive from the Orient loaded with presents to parade round the streets of towns and villages spreading joy. Together with their retinues, their floats are spectacular.

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Cabalgata de Reyes

Begin / End the year in the mountains

There's a very deeply-rooted tradition of climbing to the peak of some of our most beloved mountains like Gorbea, Adarra and Zaldiaran on 31st December and/or 1st January to toast the New Year.

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