Ten Things that Prove Christmas is Valencian
At Christmas, the streets and houses are dressed in lights and flowers, and in the Region of Valéncia, we go beyond adding a Valencian flavour to our Christmas recipes and celebrating these festivities with unique events.
1.- Jijona Nougat
Of Arabic origin, the nougat is made with almonds and pure honey. To taste or buy the best nougat, visit the Xixona Christmas Fair.
2.- Peladillas from Casinos and marzipan
The peladilla, a caramelised-almond confection, is elaborated in the region of Casinos. The marzipan, also a great Christmas tradition, is a sweet made of almonds, sugar, and egg.
3.- Vinalopó grapes
The grapes that we eat on New Year's Eve have their designation of origin in the region of Medio Vinalopó.
4.- Prawns from Vinaròs
Inhabiting the Mediterranean coast, these prawns can measure up to 20 centimetres. Its particularity is the meatiness and firmness of its body.
5.- Chocolate from Villajoyosa and Torrent
The most traditional chocolate factories are located in these cities. They are a reference in Spain and most of the world.
6.- Oldest Three Wise Men Parade in Spain (Alcoy)
It is one of the most spectacular and traditional in the country. A trilogy that begins with the parade of the Pastoretes, the Sunday before the 5th of January, and the day of the burreta (filly), celebrated before the arrival of the Three Kings. Here you can discover other places that celebrate the Three Wise Men cavalcade.
7.- Historical nativity scenes (Xàtiva)
The Xàtiva tradition of making nativity scenes has made the town famous. They exhibit the largest nativity scenes in Spain.
8.-The toy industry (Foia de Castalla)
The manufacture of toys has been for more than a century the fundamental economic activity of Foia de Castalla. In this municipality, there are 42% of all the toy companies in Spain.
9.- Burriana carols
The tradition has strengthened with the contests of Harmonisation of Popular Valéncian Christmas Carols, which aims to develop the Valéncian Christmas choral repertoire.
10.- The House of Santa Claus in Alicante
This house opens its doors every 6th of December, Day of San Nicolás, Patron of Alicante. It is located in the Parque de la Ereta and traditional activities are carried out by elves.
If you still need more reasons, here we tell you other options to enjoy Christmas in Region of Valencia.