10 things

to do at

Christmas

in the Basque Country

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

01

Mount Igueldo Amusement Park

It is located on a mountain, which we can access by taking the funicular railway. Once here, we will be able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bay of San Sebastián.
We will also find The Tower, an old wood-fired lighthouse which houses an exhibition about our way of life and customs.

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Mount Igueldo Amusement Park

02

Pay a visit to Olentzero and Mari Domingi

Olentzero and Mari Domingi are packing the Christmas presents at their home. Pay them a visit and tell them how you have been this year. Besides, if you want to know more about Olentzero's trade, you can visit him in his forge.

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Izenaduba Basoa

03

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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Compras

04

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

05

Run in the San Silvestre races

Bilbao, San Sebastián, Vitoria-Gasteiz 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

06

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

07

Ice skating

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

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Patinar sobre hielo

08

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

09

Taste our typical Christmas sweets

The sponge "Goxua", the delicious Basque Cake, the overwhelming chocolate truffles... Discover which are the most traditional sweets of this time of year, visit our most symbolic sweet shops!

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Dulces tipicos

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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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Monte

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