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Spanish cities battle to turn on Christmas lights – in May!

BARCELONA has unveiled plans for its Christmas illuminations in May, leaving its keen rival in the festive race way behind. Ada Colau, the left-wing mayor...

The Spanish traditions you might never have heard of

Spending Christmas in Spain? These are the things to look out for, writes Olive Press’ Spanish hack Pablo Balbontin

A RIGHT ROYAL COCK-UP: Three Kings parade in Valencia draws large crowds despite COVID clampdown

DESPERATE attempts by Valencia city hall to keep the exact schedule of the Kings parade on Tuesday (January 5) evening secret to prevent crowds...

CHRISTMAS VS THE VIRUS: Valencia offers a wide range of events to guarantee festive cheer while staying safe

Residents and visitors to Valencia city can enjoy a wide range of festive events while staying perfectly safe from COVID-19 and abiding by the health regulations.

As of today Spain’s Andalucia will permit people to enter and leave the territory for Christmas

FROM this Wednesday, Andalucians can travel into the community to meet with their families.From today until January 6 2021, inclusive, the Junta will allow...

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will see highs of 20C in Spain’s Malaga

SPAIN'S weather agency AEMET does not foresee rain over the Christmas period. Malaga has welcomed the winter season with clear skies and it is expected...

Carbon cost of ‘windy’ Rudolph’s night of hard toil!

RUDOLPH and his flatulent reindeer pals will be ‘emitting’ 22 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in the UK alone this Christmas Eve. According to researchers Santa's...

Popular optician chain launches Christmas food collection points throughout Spain’s Costa Blanca

SPECSAVERS Opticians across the Costa Blanca have teamed up to collect food donations for vulnerable people in the region. Staff are collecting items throughout this...

Shop locally and ‘responsibly’ this Christmas, pleads Spain’s Andalucia

THE Junta de Andalucia has pleaded for people to shop locally and ‘responsibly’ this Christmas.  The General Directorate of Consumption urged the public to ‘buy...

Christmas shoppers urged to stay local with ‘Super Basket’ giveaway on Spain’s Costa Blanca

ROJALES City Council is incentivising Christmas shoppers to stay local with a chance to win one of 10 ‘super baskets’ just before Three Kings. The...

Tips for a safe Christmas celebration according to Spanish scientists

CHRISTMAS is a time where people from all over Spain, and the world, come together to celebrate the festive season in family, however this...

Spain’s Christmas and New Year COVID-19 plans revealed – including 1am curfew and rule of six for dinners

The potential measures have been revealed in a draft proposal entitled Proposals for public health measures against COVID-19 for the celebration of the Christmas holidays

Andalucians living outside the region allowed to return home for Christmas

JUNTA president, Juanma Moreno, has announced that Andalucians who live outside the community for work or studies reasons will be allowed to return home...

Christmas comes early in Spain

TINY turkeys, trimmed-down Xmas puds, Rule of Six-sized boxes of crackers … Mini-mas, as COVID  Christmas 2020 has pessimistically been coined, was shaping up...

World record bid announced on Spain’s Costa Blanca for tallest nativity scene

ALICANTE is to stage a world record bid to build the tallest-ever nativity scene with a 15-metre high figure of Joseph alongside figurines of...

REVEALED: Spain’s three best-selling Christmas caganers, and no it’s not Boris Johnson or Greta Thunberg!

A typical caganer figurine these days features a celebrity hunched over to do their business

‘IT WAS HIM’: Missing British man who disappeared on way home to Malaga for Christmas spotted TWICE in Spain’s...

“I couldn’t live with myself if I hadn’t reported it, if it was my son I would hope someone would do the same”

MISSING IN SPAIN: Family worried for young British man who ‘never made it’ to grandad’s Malaga home for Christmas

Harry is described as pale, 6ft, 2, with dark brown hair, cut ‘shaggy’ and dark brown/green eyes

Olive Press gets an exclusive Christmas baking lesson from the nuns of southern Spain

People here say that the nun’s reposterias taste of home cooking, old village kitchens and a bit of heaven

From live music to five-star stays, Gibraltar has it all this Christmas and New Year’s Eve, writes John Culatto

Make sure you are in Gibraltar as you welcome the coming year of its independence, in distinctly British style

The joys of Christmas in Spain include a twist on carols and likely clear skies… but beware of the...

Every Christmas when I was young, my mother would bring out her scratched Bing Crosby record and we knew the festive season had arrived

REVEALED: Guardia Civil’s top tips you NEED TO KNOW to avoid dying or getting robbed in Spain this Christmas

The tips cover everything from accidents to pet safety, from hugger muggers to dodgy gas inspectors

Having trouble with your Christmas decorations? Just take a look in the nearby hills, writes Gabriella Chidgey

My British roots mean that I am firmly established in the tree tradition, and the boxes we ritually unpack are full of lights, baubles, stars and angels

Spain’s richest man, Zara-owner, Amancio Ortega, adds another couple of billion to his fortune ahead of Christmas

Clothing firm Zara brought in 70% of sales for Inditex, which also owns Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear and Stradivarius

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