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Making the festive fun of the fair last

Christmas in Seville - an illuminated big wheel, and oranges on trees!

Still Christmas in Seville – illuminated big wheel and oranges on trees in the Prado de San Sebastian. The fair is on until the end of this month.

Prado, Prado de San Sebastian, noria, big wheel, ice rink, Sevilla

The ice-rink and Fabrica de Tabacos, with the Torre Pelli in the distance, as seen from the noria (big wheel).

The cathedral and Giralda from a bird's eye view.

The cathedral, Giralda and Alcazar gardens, viewed from the noria.

Seville at Christmas is buzzing with loads of things to see and do – right up until Reyes, Kings’ Day (6 January), which marks the end of the programme of festive activities. Or so we thought.

After a visit to the Casa de la Ciencia (Science Museum – don’t compare it to the London one, it’s a fraction of the size – post to come soon) and a fun afternoon in Maria Luisa Park with friends last Saturday, making the most of a sunny day after rain and grey clouds (gasp! Yes, we do have days without blue sky in Andalucia), on our way to the Metro we chanced upon the Prado de San Sebastian.

This is the park separated from Maria Luisa by the Portuguese consulate (built for the 1929 Expo, don’t you know), and home to the kitsch-but-fun Feria de las Naciones every autumn – a hangover from Expo 9, it’s a fair when you can get kangaroo burgers, German beer and pisco sours all in one place (though perhaps not together).

Taking a ride at the Prado.

Taking a ride at the Prado, complete with festive decorations.

Lo and behold, Christmas was still in full action! A ferris wheel, skating rink, fairground rides, and market with rows of cute wooden cabins offering various different snacks; scarves, jewellery and all the other knick-knacks you expect from such a fair, including ashtrays made from vinyl records. All lit up at night, to make you forget your January blues.

It’s on till 31 January, so there’s still three whole weeks of fun to be had! We loved our ride on the big wheel, with spectacular views: the skating rink and attractions below; behind, the Fabrica de Tabacos (Tobacco Factory), setting for the opera Carmen and now part of Seville University, with the Torre Pelli, the city’s new (and only) skyscraper, in the distance; and to the right, the cathedral and Giralda.

Zac flies through the air.

Zac flies through the air, safely.

We didn’t go skating as they were charging for glove rental, ladrones, so we’ll back, fully equipped, later this week. But the kids bounced for all they were worth on the jumping (flying from a trampoline into the air attached by elastic strings to a harness), and then went on a spinning fairground ride which apparently wasn’t spinny enough (I felt dizzy just watching them).

If you or your offspring get peckish after all that action, you can get slices of pizza, savoury pastries, crepes with Nutella, and churros con chocolate. For your browsing pleasure, stalls have ethnic apparel, handmade jewellery, Moroccan lamps, and some old favourites like the roll-up blackboards (pretty fabric with writable material on one side, comes with chalk, rolls up neatly).

So take my advice and give the kids a few hours of extended Christmas magic while it’s still on this weekend. The days are sunny, but the nights are getting chilly (by Seville standards) – January is our coldest month, so wrap up warm when the sun goes down. And don’t forget your gloves!

Prices (per person, same for adults and children) are: ice-skating: 8 euro (glove rental 2 euros). Noria and rides: 3 euros. Open daily rom 11am-11pm until Sunday 31 January.

5 thoughts on “Making the festive fun of the fair last

    1. fionafloreswatson Post author

      Yes, we’re going back this afternoon to do the ice-skating, and I’m well tempted to go on the noria again!!

  1. Seychellesmama

    Oh I love it!! January, world over is famous for the post Christmas blues so how fantastic that you’ve found a little spot still full of festive cheer!!
    The pictures you have taken from the Noria are great, what amazing views!
    Thanks for sharing this post with #myexpatfamily

    1. fionafloreswatson Post author

      Yes it is wonderful, and I found out yesterday it’s on till the end of the month! The photos should have been much better, since the view as you say is fabulous, but the Noria is moving constantly and you have to take the photos through a metal grille – a serious challenge for my poor camera skills!!

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