Explore the Christmas holidays in Spain with our comprehensive calendar of festivities and traditions. Discover the official and unofficial holidays, including unique celebrations like the Day of the Immaculate Conception, El Gordo de Navidad lottery, Christmas Eve, and more.
Among the Christmas holidays, in Spain, there are official and unofficial ones. December 8, 22, 26, and 28 are not mandatory official holidays, but some Spaniards may choose to take them off and not work on these days. The presented Christmas holiday calendar in Spain is based on the state calendar and reflects the official holidays in Spain.
December 8 — Day of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas Log — Tio de Nadal — in Catalonia
On this day, Spaniards, especially in Catalonia, celebrate the Day of the Immaculate Conception and the beginning of the Christmas holidays. Traditionally, this time is associated with the ritual of Tio de Nadal, which is a wooden log that "eats" treats and gifts for children.
December 22 — Drawing of the National Christmas Lottery "El Gordo de Navidad"
The drawing of the El Gordo de Navidad lottery is one of the most anticipated events in the Spanish calendar. Millions of Spaniards eagerly await the results, hoping to win a big prize and make Christmas even more magical.
December 24 — Christmas Eve
In anticipation of Christmas, Spaniards celebrate Christmas Eve, spending time with family and loved ones. On this evening, special dishes are usually prepared, and homes and streets are decorated.
December 25 — Christmas
Christmas in Spain is a day when families come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Church services, dinners with relatives, and gift exchanges make this day special and memorable.
December 26 — Saint Stephen's Day
Saint Stephen's Day, or Boxing Day, is a time for charity and helping those in need. Many Spaniards participate in charitable events and help those who need support.
December 28 — Day of the Holy Innocents (Day of Fools)
The Day of the Holy Innocents is a traditional Spanish holiday dedicated to pranks and jokes. On this day, people give each other fake gifts and play various tricks.
January 1 — New Year's Day and the Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord (Catholic holiday)
New Year's Day in Spain begins with the celebration of the Catholic holiday of the Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord. This day is marked by traditional festive events and meetings with loved ones.
January 6 — Epiphany or Three Kings' Day
The Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of God to the world and the visit of the Three Kings to the baby Jesus. On this day, Spaniards exchange gifts and hold parades with the participation of the Magi.
Learn more: List of all holidays in Spain
When planning a trip to Spain, consider the Christmas calendar to immerse yourself in the holiday atmosphere and enjoy Spanish traditions and customs.