Seville Snapshots: Christmas Lights in Seville

Seville is the type of gal who doesn’t really need to get gussied up – she’s stunning enough on her own.

But La Hispalense (she even has a fancy name) loves to gets glitzy at Christmas time. As soon as the long December weekend beings, the city center is bursting with shoppers, a number of handicrafts markets pop up in Plaza Nueva and the Alameda, and police controls tighten up, thanks to the number of merry markers drinking at all hours of the day.

But as soon as the lights are turned on, I feel like Christmas really begins.

This year the city has used LED lights to dress up the city’s biggest thoroughfares – Constitución, San Fernando, around the Encarnación – and even in the outlying neighborhoods. Dios, even the Alcampo next door is decked out in holiday style.

Once again, the 3-D mapping on the eastern facade of city hall is operating. According to Fiona of Scribbler in Seville, the light and music show that’s projected onto the building won an award last year. This season’s show, El Espíritu de la Navidad, will be played from dusk until 11 or 12pm on the hour until the Epiphany Day.

How does your city celebrate Christmas? Where are your favorite lights in Seville located?

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About Cat Gaa

As a beef-loving Chicago girl living amongst pigs, bullfighters, and a whole lotta canis, Cat Gaa writes about expat life in Seville, Spain. When not cavorting with adorable Spanish grandpas or struggling with Spanish prepositions, she works in higher education at an American university in Madrid and freelances with other publications, like Rough Guides and The Spain Scoop.


  1. Wow! Now that is gussied up! Pretty!

  2. Those purple lights are wild!

  3. Pedro Meca Garcia says:

    when it comes to ‘fiestas’ (holidays/parties) no-one beats Sevillanos

  4. Ha love the purple! It’s crazy how different cities, especially warmer ones, have their own interpretations of Christmas decor. In Japan there is barely any red or green in sight, with pink and silver being the most popular instead.
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  5. I love your photos. Are those lights blue or purple? As if I didn’t need enough reasons to want to see Seville, now you’ve added another: I want to go next year and see that 3D show.
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  6. Love the purple. Nice shots Cat!
    Do miss the lights in Spanish cities now that I’m home… it’s just not the same.
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