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Christmas Carols at Mercado Colón

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The Christmas season has definitely arrived. Walking around the crowded streets this past Sunday, it eventually dawned on us that all the stores were open. On a Sunday! This is not normal in Spain, but apparently even the strictest of Catholic customs is vulnerable to the gluttonous whims of capitalism.

But it was fun to be out, especially in Valencia which is one of the few regions in Spain not being blasted by nasty wintry weather. We navigated through the hordes to Mercado Colón, where we took a break, enjoying a drink along with a free choral concert.

The drinks were not very good — I ordered a Manhattan, and the waiter looked at me as though I had said “ScksZZhhyeh#”. I showed it to him on the menu, where the ingredients were even listed out, and still ended up with a foamy concoction that was liquid and possibly had alcohol in it, but was definitely not a Manhattan. No bother, ’tis the season to be jolly.

Besides, the concert was nice; a tasteful change of pace from the regular Christmas hits being pumped out of every other store’s speakers. The concerts are being put on every day at 7pm at Mercado Colón, through Dec. 20th. On the 21st, a whole program of Christmas themed activities for kids begins:

Sunday, 21
11:00 – 14:00: Workshops for making aromatic soap and Christmas tree decorations
18:30 – 20:00: Interactive animation show

Monday, 22
18:30: Clown Show

Tuesday, 23
18:30: Magic Show

Wednesday, 24
11:00 – 14:00: Father Christmas greets children

Friday, 26
17:00 – 20:30: Poofy Children’s Park

Saturday, 27
18:30: Interactive animation show of superheroes

Sunday, 28
11:00 – 14:00: Workshops for face painting
18:30: Interactive animation show

Monday, 29
18:30: Children’s Theater – Calcetin y Calceta

Tuesday, 30
18:30: Marionette Show – The Pied Piper

Wednesday, 31
12:00: Magic & Illusion Show

Friday, 2
18:30: Micky & Molly, the Clowns

Saturday, 3
18:30: Thematic evening of magic, workshops, and tricks

Sunday, 4
12:00: Story Time
18:30: Visit of the Three Kings of the Orient

Whooo… that’s a lot of baby fun time.

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December 16, 2008 at 3:10 pm
3 comments »
  • December 21, 2008 at 8:59 pmbegona

    Definitively or you are someone that is not living currently in Spain or you did not take the time/effort to learn anything about the culture. About opening on Sundays “This is not normal in Spain, but apparently even the strictest of Catholic customs is vulnerable to the gluttonous whims of capitalism”.
    Maybe it happened long time ago that we were extremely religious but the reason behind not opening now the stores on Sundays or during Holidays is because there is a government intervention (that thing that you americans do not believe in… until it is convenient for your businesses). The local governments are trying to protect our local businesses from powerful predators (like Carrefur, Wal-Mart, El Corte Ingles or Macys…). This is something that in small scale happens in cities on the States. Next time you write about something, try to read and understand.

  • January 13, 2009 at 4:36 pmJohny Be Good

    I though I’ll be reading about Mercado Colon, but all I got from this article is you bitching about a Manhattan. Who cares?


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