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15 Things to Do in Seville in December

Live a unique experience! Enjoy the charm of Seville in December, with the whole city dressed up to celebrate Christmas and welcome the new year.

Ana C.R.

Ana C.R.

12 min read

15 Things to Do in Seville in December

Seville in December | ©Luis Eduardo P Tavares

Along with Granada and Cordoba, Seville is one of the most important cities in Andalusia. Here, architecture, art, history and tradition go hand in hand, making you feel so at home that you will definitely want to come back.

Owner of a particular stamp, you will find many things to do and see in Seville: its culture, its exquisite gastronomy and the enjoyment of its streets, just to name three attractions apart from its monumental wealth. Visiting the city in December also has a plus: you will be able to see all the Christmas decorations and feel the festive atmosphere floating in the air.

1. Discover the incredible Christmas markets of Seville

Seville Christmas Market| ©SMN
Seville Christmas Market| ©SMN

One of the highlights of December are, without a doubt, the Christmas markets. With the city dressed in festive attire, you can find gifts of all kinds, from clothing and home decor to beautiful handmade wooden toys.

Among the best known and busiest markets in Seville are the Christmas Craft and Christmas Market in the Alameda de Hercules, the Christmas Market in Nervion, the one in La Setas or the one in Plaza Nueva.

Enjoying an open-air atmosphere, you can buy directly from the artisan, guaranteeing you that it is a unique and original gift.

These markets tend to be very popular among the Sevillians themselves, as well as among tourists who decide to spend the holidays in this beautiful city.

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2. Deliver your letter to the kings of the Alcazar

Royal Alcazar of Seville| ©Dmitry Djouce
Royal Alcazar of Seville| ©Dmitry Djouce

The Alcazar of Seville is one of the most beautiful palaces in Spain and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

If you have not yet made a visit to the Real Alcazar, this is an ideal time to do it, especially if you have children, since, in addition to touring the imposing building and enjoy its beautiful Mudejar-Renaissance style, the little ones can give their letter to the Kings of the Alcazar, that is, to Isabel the Catholic, Charles I and Al-Mutamid, who, then, will deliver them personally to the three wise men of the east.

These dramatized visits are an excellent way to get in touch with the history of Spain in general and, more specifically, of the Andalusian region.

Practical information

  • Where: Puerta del Apeadero (by Patio de Banderas).
  • Price: children can hand in their letters free of charge.
  • When and hours: December 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 and January 2, 3 and 4, between 11:00 and 15:00.

Hire a tourist bus tour

3. Take a tour of the city by tourist bus

Seville Bus| ©jac hendrix
Seville Bus| ©jac hendrix

The weather in Seville will probably allow you to book a sightseeing bus tour at this time of the year, having the possibility to do it on the top floor, uncovered. The tourist bus City Sightseeing of Seville makes a tour with free stops at the most important sights such as the Plaza de España and the Torre del Oro... and you will have up to 24 hours to use it and get on and off whenever you want.

But not only that, with these tickets you can take advantage of many other promotions, including tickets to various attractions in the city and guided walking tours.

Book a sightseeing bus tour

4. Discover Sevillian baroque art and much more at the Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts| ©Elliott Brown
Museum of Fine Arts| ©Elliott Brown

The Museum of Fine Arts is another of the options that we propose you in your visit to Seville as it is considered one of the most important art galleries in the country. Booking a guided tour of the museum, you can see the most important works of artists such as Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, El Greco or Valdés Leal.

A professional guide will accompany you throughout the tour of more than 14 rooms dedicated to naturalism, Mannerism, Renaissance art, the art of the eighth century and many works of Sevillian Baroque painting.

Book a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts

5. Go for tapas and a flamenco show

Tapas Moment| ©Gigi Griffis
Tapas Moment| ©Gigi Griffis

To really get to know the culture of the country and, in particular, the art of flamenco that permeates this city from all four sides, we recommend that you book a tour of the most typical tapas and flamenco show.

You will taste several varieties of tapas and local wines, accompanied by a local expert guide who will take you to the most famous bars of the city. And you will walk the streets of Seville for about 4 hours, which is the estimated duration of the tour, and enjoy a flamenco show at the Casa del Flamenco.

Book a tapas tour and flamenco show.

6. Take a horseback ride

Carriages| ©Winniepix
Carriages| ©Winniepix

One of the most typical attractions that you can do in the city of Seville is to hire a horse-drawn carriage ride to visit all the center and the old town of Seville in one of these carriages. The ride lasts about 45 minutes with a professional driver who will also act as a guide to visit historical sites such as the Plaza de España and the Cathedral of Seville.

Undoubtedly, there is no more typical and special way to get to know a city as beautiful as the capital of Andalusia.

Hire a horse-drawn carriage ride in Seville

7. Take an excursion to the surroundings of Seville

Getting to know Ronda| ©Fredrik Rubensson
Getting to know Ronda| ©Fredrik Rubensson

If your idea is to stay several days in the city you can also take the opportunity to visit some of the nearby towns or villages that are worth seeing. Here are some of our recommendations:

Excursion to Doñana National Park

Undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions in the area. The Doñana National Park is one of the most beautiful and spectacular in the area which is home to a great biodiversity with unique species, breeding of European and African birds, endangered animals such as the Iberian lynx ... for which it is worth booking an excursion. The one we propose is done in 4x4 and also, along the way, you will stop in the village of El Rocio, where the Pilgrimage of El Rocio, which worships the Virgen del Rocio, takes place.

Excursion to the white villages and Ronda

Another of the most typical things of Andalusia are its white villages. Hiring this excursion to the white villages you will visit Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema and the city of Ronda. These three villages are considered some of the most beautiful and touristic of the area for their culture and tradition and, of course, for their picturesque landscapes.

Hiking excursion to the Caminito del Rey (King's Little Path)

Finally, if you are more of strong emotions, we suggest you to reserve a day for hiking and Caminito del Rey. What is this? It is a route that is located in the province of Malaga and which was considered one of the most difficult and adventurous trails in the world.

It is an excursion to do this complicated, but fun, route in which you will have to cross a suspension bridge 100 meters high. Are you ready for it?

Book your hiking tour to Caminito del Rey

8. Walk along the route of the Christmas cribs

Nativity Scenes of Seville| ©RetalesCulturales
Nativity Scenes of Seville| ©RetalesCulturales

The tradition of making a route of cribs is very old, and can be a very good plan to do if you are looking for what to do in Seville with children (and, incidentally, learn a little tradition).

Throughout the city you can see all kinds of nativity scenes, such as the one in the town hall, the Hospital de la Caridad, the one in El Corte Ingles, or even one recreated with Playmobil figures, in the Church of La Misericordia. Some of them are true works of art and year after year gather a large number of people who want to see them.

Far from recreating only the moment of the birth of Jesus Christ, most of them also narrate other biblical scenes. We are talking about real stagings, with a person in charge of the assembly and another one in charge of the costumes of the different miniature figures. A unique experience that will bring you even closer to the spirit of Christmas.

9. Come and enjoy one of everyone's favorite attractions: ice skating!

Winter Skating Rink| ©XTrai
Winter Skating Rink| ©XTrai

As December approaches and it starts to get colder, four ice rinks are installed in different parts of the city. Everyone, adults and children, enjoy skating tirelessly for hours on end.

Located in very central places, such as the Muelle de las Delicias, the Alameda de Hércules, the Setas or the Prado de San Sebastián, the ice skating rinks are among the favorites of the Sevillians.

10. Fun for adults and children in Sevilla On ice!

Enjoying the park in winter| ©DAVIDGIBSON
Enjoying the park in winter| ©DAVIDGIBSON

In addition to the traditional ice rinks, for lovers of games and cold, year after year, a winter amusement park called Sevilla On Ice is set up, full of icy attractions, such as an ice slide, a giant Ferris wheel and a smaller one for children, bouncy castles, bumper cars, etc.

It also has a gastronomic area to enjoy, for example, some churros accompanied by a cup of delicious and steaming chocolate, ideal to warm up.

Practical information

  • Where: Muelle de las Delicias and Prado de San Sebastián.
  • Price: Free
  • When and hours: from the end of November until January 6, between 11 am and midnight.

11. Enjoy an illuminated Seville

Christmas in Seville| ©Jose Antonio Lagier Martin
Christmas in Seville| ©Jose Antonio Lagier Martin

From the first days of December the city turns on its Christmas lights, dressing up for the occasion. The streets, parks, buildings, everything seems to shine in anticipation of Christmas.

While the image may seem similar to that of other cities around the world, Seville has a magical charm. Walking under that fantasy starry sky, seeing the huge Christmas balls in the middle of the street, as if they had fallen from a giant Christmas tree, the big luminous tree in Plaza San Francisco, will not leave you indifferent.

Stars, angels, wreaths and a myriad of other figures arrive every year to show that Seville celebrates Christmas like no other city in the world.

12. Visit the Nativity Fair

Nativity Scene Fair| ©AMSC Onda Joven Sevilla
Nativity Scene Fair| ©AMSC Onda Joven Sevilla

In this traditional fair you can buy all kinds of figurines, clothes, animals and miniature decorations to build your own nativity scene at home.

The custom of recreating the atmosphere of the birth of Jesus is typical of the Catholic religion, and dates back several centuries.

Many of the pieces that can be purchased here are handmade, carved, engraved, with an amazing level of detail.

Being so famous, it is very common to see people from all over the world buying figures, either to build a crib or as a souvenir of Christmas in Seville.

Practical Information

  • Where: right next to the Archivo de Indias, on Avenida de la Constitución.
  • Price: free
  • When: from mid-November to December 23, more or less from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

13. Enjoy a few drinks on a rooftop terrace

Seville Rooftop| ©Michael McDermott
Seville Rooftop| ©Michael McDermott

At night, with the city illuminated, there is no better plan than enjoying a few drinks (or tapas) in a bar located on one of the rooftops of the city.

The famous rooftops, which allow you to enjoy the spectacle of Seville at night, have become a must for nightlife lovers. There are quite a few (and there are more and more!), generally located in the heart of the city, which allow you to have another look at the Sevillian architecture, lights and Christmas decorations.

As the sun begins to set behind the buildings, the spectacle of the city lit up becomes decidedly unique.

Some of the best rooftops are the one at the Doña María hotel, Level 5th, overlooking the Triana Bridge, and Casa Romana, located on the rooftop of the boutique hotel of the same name.

14. Take advantage of the discounts and year-end offers!

Sales| ©cottonbro
Sales| ©cottonbro

Although the most important discounts begin in early January, some stores have already lowered their prices in December, precisely because of the holidays.

So, if you have not yet bought your gifts, this may be a good opportunity to do so. In the pedestrian streets Sierpes and Tetuán you will also find a good number of first line stores, such as H&M, Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, among others. The general atmosphere is somewhat bustling, but very pleasant.

There is no better feeling than doing your Christmas shopping, either in the craft markets or in the traditional stores, since everyone seems to have something special, or so we all choose to believe, because, come on, one always deserves a pile of gifts, right?

15. Enjoy the delicacies prepared by cloistered nuns

Cloistered nuns| ©Lucila Vidal
Cloistered nuns| ©Lucila Vidal

Another of the sweet Sevillian traditions that takes place every year in December, is the traditional exhibition of sweets, jams, pastries and traditional pastries, made by the cloistered nuns.

There are currently 34 cloistered convents in Seville, with a population of more than 400 nuns. A group of them, during the first days of December, exhibits in the Gothic Palace of the Royal Alcazar some of their handmade delicacies.

During the rest of the year, in each of the convents, you can also buy some of these sweets and jams, which, they assure, are made with very old recipes, which are passed down from generation to generation and made with much love and total dedication.

These sweets are a holiday classic, and undoubtedly represent an important part of the gastronomic-cultural heritage of the Andalusian region.

What is the weather like in Seville in December?

Seville Cathedral and the Giralda| ©salva u.f.
Seville Cathedral and the Giralda| ©salva u.f.

You may have already realized that visiting Seville in December is an excellent idea, but is it very cold?

Well, in the months of December and January, temperatures range between 9 and 17 or 18 degrees, that is to say... yes, it is cold, but in general it is quite pleasant, ideal to enjoy some of these outdoor activities.

In addition, although many people decide to visit Seville at this time of the year, the crowds are not unbearable at all.

You will even be able to enjoy many of the city's traditional attractions without having to wait in long lines. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Seville, for example, with its Mudejar-Renaissance style, or the Real Alcazar and La Giralda.

At other times of the year you would have to book your ticket online well in advance, in December, on the other hand, things flow much more naturally.

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How much does it cost to eat and have fun in Seville?

Money in Euros| ©Pixabay
Money in Euros| ©Pixabay

Seville is not an overly expensive city, many of its attractions are free or very cheap, such as the skating rinks, which range between 5 and 7 Euros.

You can also visit emblematic and photogenic places such as the Plaza España, the Torre del Oro, the Cathedral or the Plaza de Toros, without spending a single euro.

As for food, you can eat quite well from 10 Euros per person, or drink a coffee for less than 1.50 Euros.

Of course, if you're looking for something a little more exclusive, or with a view of the Triana Bridge or the Alcazar, that's going to cost you more, but no more than anywhere else. Seville is a fairly reasonable city, despite its reputation as an expensive city.

Getting out of Seville to get to know Seville

Roman Theater of Santiponce| ©alejandro rodriguez
Roman Theater of Santiponce| ©alejandro rodriguez

Let me now give you one last piece of advice, if you want to know a little more than the city of Seville, keep in mind that, nearby, and still within the province, there are some incredible villages that are worth visiting.

About 85 kilometers from the city of Seville is the picturesque town of Osuna. Considered one of the most beautiful villages in the region, with its beautiful architectural and cultural heritage and the charm of its streets, you will not regret a trip to visit it.

Much closer, just 30 minutes from Seville, is Santiponce, a place you must visit. With its Roman ruins, the Amphitheater and the archaeological site of Italica, this town is a real gem. If you decide, here you have information on how to get there from Seville.