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:
11:00 – 14:00: Workshops for making aromatic soap and Christmas tree decorations
18:30 – 20:00: Interactive animation show
18:30: Clown Show
18:30: Magic Show
11:00 – 14:00: Father Christmas greets children
17:00 – 20:30: Poofy Children’s Park
18:30: Interactive animation show of superheroes
11:00 – 14:00: Workshops for face painting
18:30: Interactive animation show
18:30: Children’s Theater – Calcetin y Calceta
18:30: Marionette Show – The Pied Piper
12:00: Magic & Illusion Show
18:30: Micky & Molly, the Clowns
18:30: Thematic evening of magic, workshops, and tricks
12:00: Story Time
18:30: Visit of the Three Kings of the Orient
Whooo… that’s a lot of baby fun time.