A dancer suspended with helium balloons over the Urumea will inaugurate Christmas in Donostia


Christmas holidays

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The festivities will be celebrated with a market with 41 booths and the lighting of a multitude of ornaments with more than 180,000 light bulbs.

A dancer suspended with helium balloons over the Urumea River will inaugurate on November 26, if the weather permits, the Christmas festivities in Donostia-San Sebastián, which will be celebrated with a market of 41 booths and the lighting of a multitude of ornaments with more than 180,000 bulbs.

The luminous itineraries through 240 arches, various passable balls, 170 lampposts and different types of ornaments, in a total of 140 streets, both in the center and in the neighborhoods, as well as the light ceilings in the Old Town and the large Ferris wheel in Alderdi Eder, are other Christmas attractions that the Gipuzkoan capital will have this Christmas.

“San Sebastián will recover the magic of Christmas thanks to the shared effort” of public institutions and private entities, said this Monday the councilor for Economic Impulse, Marisol Garmendia, in an act in the plenary hall of the City Council, which she has offered together with responsible for the municipal society Fomento de San Sebastián and the collaborating entities.

As reported, the lighting budget for this year reaches 410,000 euros -4% more than in 2019 and almost double than in 2020-, of which 230,000 are provided by sponsors, which is “an important effort” but which, in his opinion, is worth it for being “the first Christmas to be celebrated in a certain normalcy” and because it seeks to “reactivate” the commerce, hospitality and tourism sectors.

The celebrations will start next Friday afternoon when the ‘Muse of the Moons’, a dancer from the Paraddax company, will fly over the river helium balloons of changing colors and performing various choreographies, in the area of ​​the María Cristina bridge.

The show, which It cannot be held for safety reasons if it rains or winds over 20 km / h, will conclude with the release of 300 biodegradable balloons, after which a collection of fireworks will be launched from Urumea.

Christmas market

The Christmas market will then open its doors, divided into two spaces, with 27 booths on Paseo de Francia and another 14 on Plaza Ramón Labayen, next to the María Cristina hotel. A counting device and other intelligent solutions will control the influx of the public, so that if the pandemic were to develop unfavorably, capacity limitations could be applied.

After the successful opening last year, the fair will also have its digital version, on the municipal portal www.dssmarketplaza.eus, with 15% discounts on all products and a 30% discount from a minimum cost of 20 euros, in addition to free home delivery.


From the lighting, they will repeat the iconic images of the city such as the railing of La Concha, Chillida’s Peine del Viento or the sculpture of Basterretxea, as well as the cubes hanging over the Urumea, the arches of the most central bridges, the great ball Alderdi Eder and other passables scattered around the city.

The streetlights of the Kursaal bridge will be filled with light, as will some streets of the Old Town, which will show “roofs” of lights, while the 36-meter Ferris wheel that was not installed last year, will once again offer the best views out of town these holidays.


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