You might be wondering what it’s actually like to spend Christmas in Benidorm. Are you ready to ditch the cold and cosiness for a potential beach holiday? What about the Christmas dinner? Who’s going to cook that? The parties? The presents? Here is what Benidorm is like at Christmas.
Imagine Christmas where you don’t have to run around checking that the turkey is cooking. A Christmas where there isn’t pots and pans stacked high up to the ceiling. A Christmas where the only chill will be how you feel when you’re lying around the pool soaking up a bit of winter sun before the drags of January and February make an appearance.
Bustling and happening, there is so much to do during the festive period. You won’t have the chance to be bored.
Spain is always up for a good fiesta, and in Benidorm, they definitely know how to party with a capital P. Add in the words Christmas and New Year and it’s even bigger than before.
Hotels and bars will go all out and throw parties and celebrations for their clients. Celebrations usually commence with a Gala Meal, with wine and spirits as standard. There will be live entertainment and dancing until your feet get sore.
It’s also the perfect time to head up to Guadalest, Villajoyosa or Altea and take in a completely different, slower pace of atmosphere during the festivities. If you do have a car, make sure you head up to Alcoy, known as The Christmas Town.
Don’t forget to head towards The Town Hall where you can ice skate and browse the Christmas market. It’s a great place to spend an hour or two.
The busiest area is Calle Gerona, so if you’re looking for the party, that’s where to go!
A white Christmas is borderline impossible unless you’re looking at the sandy white beach, of course. December is a cool month to visit Benidorm, with averages of around 12°C to 18°C. A layer of warm clothing is a necessity. After the sun sets, the temperature can dip to a rather cool 6°C, mixed with the sea air can feel much colder.
The sunshine will shine brightly for around 6 hours of the day, with only around 9 days of rainfall throughout December.
It’s a comfortable time to visit and ideal to get out those party dresses that are usually hidden underneath layers and coats!
Shopping for Presents
If you’re looking to buy the gifts whilst you’re over in Benidorm, you can head up to C.C La Marina where you’ll find a range of clothes shops and Don Dino Toy Shop. There is also a Don Dino in Benidorm centre.
Don Dino also offer a gift wrapping service.
You can get lots of lovely Christmas knick-knacks and stocking fillers from Tiger, which is located in the Old Town, near Zara.
Alternatively, there is Zenia Boulevard in Orihuela Coast, which is well-stocked with a variety of shops, including Primark or Alicante, both of which are a short drive away. You can reach Alicante by taking the L1 tram from Benidorm, it takes an hour.
If you’re looking for a chocolate hamper, you can get a lovely one from Valor in Villajoyosa, like the one my friends bought me! You can take the L1 tram or Alsa bus to Villajoyosa. Inside the cafe, they do a range of chocolate gifts and hampers.
Many hotels will offer Gala menus for their clients. Alternatively, you can book in with a restaurant that is offering Christmas Dinner or head to the Benidorm Palace for their Gala dinner and show.
Showboat and the Nag’s Head are currently advertising that they’re offering a Christmas Dinner menu again this year.