Festivals - January guide

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Reyes Magos
The three kings are always features in the Christmas nativity scene – or “Belén” (Spanish for Bethlehem).

Andalucia is filled with fascinating cultural events throughout the year. Whilst many of these festivals take place on the date indicated each year, others move slightly in relation to the day of the week or the religious calendar or occasionally weather.

In order to confirm, the villages town hall website (www.villagename.es) or Facebook page may publish the date or a poster in the few week preceding the festival.

JANUARY

1 JANUARY
Toro de Aguadiente
Puerto Serrano, CADIZ

This festival consists of the realease of a bull Calle de la Feria and the young people of the village and a few visitors demonstrate their skill and courage against the running bull.

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5 JANUARY
LOS REYES MAGOS
CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES ALL OVER ANDALUCIA

Whatever size the place where you live, whether a tiny, isolated village in the countryside, a spectacular mountain pueblo, or a suburban town, chances are there will be some kind of Reyes procession. The three Magi will travel around the town on floats on the evening of the 5th decorated according to a chosen theme. The Kings are accompanied by matching helpers who throw sweets and presents into the crowd (traditionally, kids who've been naughty get coal). Tips: Take along a bag to catch the sweets in, as well as a brolly, warm hat, scarf and gloves, as you may stand around waiting. Some families even bring small stepladders or platforms, especially in bigger towns and cities with larger crowds, so the kids can get a better view of the kings riding on their thrones in their royal vehicles.

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4 JANUARY
ROSARIO DE SAN AQUILINO
GALERA, GRANADA

Street festival with live music. Local people walk through the town's streets in groups, singing along to guitars, mandolins, cymbals, and tambourines. It commemorates the day more than 150 years ago when a chunk of rock fell down from the nearby mountain Cerro de la Virgen de la Cabeza, without hurting anyone, miraculously.

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5 JANUARY
BELEN DE CHOCOLATE DE RUTE
RUTE CORDOBA

This belen (nativity scene) in the Cordoban town of Rute took four months to put together. It measures 52m2 is made from 1400kg of white and dark chocolate. The town is famous for its seasonal marzipan and turron (nougat).

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6 JANUARY
ROMERIA A LA ALDEA DEL ROCIO
LA PALMA DEL CONDADO, HUELVA

The local hermandad from this wine-producing village takes its virgin to the famous town of El Rocio, in a mini version of the massive pilgrimage in May.

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9 JANUARY
LA NOCHE DE LOS CAPACHOS
ALFACAR, GRANADA

This fiesta has its origins in the baking industry - baskets used to transport bread by mule to Granada capital were burned (just the broken ones, of course!). Now, the towns people burn unwanted household objects. Takes place on second Sunday in January

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13 JANUARY
FIESTA DE SAN HILARIO de poiters
COMARES, MALAGA

Local festival in Comares, program from 9am including prosesion with the municipal band, mass, procession, wine tasting, finishing at lunch time paella popular, music and dancing by Pandas de Verdiales and band, donkey taxi for children.

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16 JANUARY
LAS LUMBRES DE SAN ANTON
JAEN city

This fire festival takes place in the provincial capital, with 30 fires being lit in different areas of the city. Dancing and singing (melenchones, satirical songs) around the bonfires gives it a pagan ritual feel. Pumpkin, sausage and wine are on the menu.

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16 JANUARY
LAS LUMINARIAS DE SAN ANTON
alonso, HUELVA

The town of Alosno hosts this celebration of bonfires, in honour of San Antonio Abad, protector of animals.

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16 JANUARY
LUMBRES DE SAN ANTON
CHIRIVEL, ALMERIA

This festival is celebrated in the town of Chirivel, near Velez-Rubio.

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16-18 JANUARY
FIESTA DE SAN ANTONIO ABAD
ARQUILLOS, JAEN

This festival commemorates the town's recovery from a cholera epidemic in 1885. The mayor gives thanks to San Antonio, then the pelotero dances and runs after people, gently lashing them with a whip with an old espadrille tied to its end. Dressed like a clown, he represents the devil, and the temptations which St Antony suffered in the desert. The pelotero tries to tempt the townspeople with pericones, special roscos.

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16 JANUARY
HOGUERAS DE SAN ANTON
UBEDA, JAEN

Bonfires of olive wood, in seven distinct barrios of the town. Accompanying sustenance includes ochios de morcilla, traditional local bread rolls filled with pork, and churros con chocolate, the classic late-night/early-morning, alcohol-absorbing, hangover-easing, carb-rich snack.

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16 JANUARY
Las Legumbres de San Anton
JODAR, JAEN

Held in the evening of January 16, where people dance around bonfires, eating the typical local sausages and "las flores de maíz" (flowers of corn).

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16 & 20 JANUARY
FIESTAS DE SAN ANTON Y SAN SEBASTIAN
ORCE, GRANADA

Dancing, processions, music (Vitores, special songs for San Sebastian); soldiers, cascaborras (15th-century anti-Moor patrol), and Moors.

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17 JANUARY
FIESTAS DE SAN ANTON

NERJA, MALAGA
ALHAURIN EL GRANDE, MALAGA
SALARES, MALAGA

This fiesta dates from the 17th century. Animal owners light the bonfires on the evening of 16 January, in honour of San Anton, with a procession and fireworks the following evening, after the morning mass.

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17 JANUARY
HOGUERAS DE SAN ANTON
ARMILLA, GRANADA

Fire festival, with prizes for biggest and most long-lasting bonfires.

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17 JANUARY
FIESTA DE SAN ANTON
MONACHIL, GRANADA

This Sierra Nevada town celebrates San Anton with a huge cook-out: endless pots of stew with ingredients such as rice, beans, chickpeas, spinach and every conceivable part of a pig, including ears, trotters and even bones. Waste not, want not. The dish is said to help protect the villagers from the January weather.

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17 JANUARY
FIESTA DE SAN ANTON ABAD

Cuevas del Becarro, Malaga
Cuevas Bajas, Malaga
Sedella, Malaga

San Antoinio abad is the patron saint of the towns.

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JANUARY 17-19
Moors and Christians Festival
SAN ANTON & SAN SEBASTIAN
LUCAR, ALMERIA

The Moors and Christians festival is popular in the eastern Andalucia in the provinces of Granada and Almeria. Full town listing on our Moors and Christians Festival page.

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19 JANUARY
ROMERIA DE SAN VICENTE
VILLARRASA, HUELVA

Known locally as El Dia del Toston, the townspeople go to the Finca Dehesa Espina, and feast on bread, olive oil, sardines and locally-produced Condado mosto.  

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20 to 23 JANUARY
FIESTA DE SAN SEBASTIAN Y SAN ILDEFONSO
OLULA DEL RIO, ALMERIA

This fire festival is also known popularly as Fiestas de las Carretillas y Los Roscos. Wood is collected by each area on 19 and 22 January, and at 10pm on the preceding night, bonfires are lit and wheelbarrows pushed along. Roscos are thrown from windows and caught by those in the street, who tuck them under their belts.

On the 20th, the day of San Sebastian itself, there is a procession of both the saints through the streets starting from the old church. At a certain fork in the road San Ildefonso gives way to San Sebastian. Villagers throw specially made roscos (biscuits) and donuts from balconies. The followers cathch and atach the donuts to their belts. Eventually the procession reaches Holy Assumption Church where a Mass is held.

On San Ildefonso Day (23rd) the ritual is repeated. This time at the fork in the road San Sebastian gives way to San Ildefonso.

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20 JANUARY
FIESTA DE SAN ANTON
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, CADIZ

One for animal lovers: pets are blessed by St Anton. Lots of fun activities for animals, children and adults. In the city’s El Parque Gonazlez Hontoria.

Animal lovers and children note that La Fiesta de San Anton in Jerez has been postponed for a week to Sunday 27th January due to high chance of rain tomorrow. Pets are blessed by St Anton in Jerez in El Parque Gonazlez Hontoria.

Activities begin at 10,30 with music from the municipal band and the judges begin to inspect the corrals housing the pets registered in the competition. At 12.30 the parade begins and continues with the traditional benediction of the animals. There are different categories for Dogs, Cats, Ferrets and Cattle, sheep, goats, fowl and horses, mules, donkeys.

Event is free and open to the public but animals taking part must be pre registered at the town hall ‘Delegación de Turismo, Cultura y Fiestas’ in calle Curtidores. There is also a small fairground for children with food and drink stalls etc.

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20 JANUARY
EL ROBO DEL SANTO
GRANADA

Every year in the town of Caniles, on the Dia de San Sebastian, all the townsfolk fight to touch a statue of the saint, who is credited with saving some inhabitants of one barrio (near the chapel of San Sebastian) during a cholera epidemic. The tradition dates back to the 19th century.

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20 JANUARY
VERBENA DE SAN SEBASTIAN
HINOJOSA DEL DUQUE, CORDOBA

Fire festival.

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20 JANUARY
FIESTAS PATRONALES DE SAN SEBASTIAN
ALFACAR, GRANADA

Started in the 19th century by Cuban War veterans, who wanted to thank San Sebastian for bringing them home safely.

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20 JANUARY
FESTIVIDAD DE SAN SEBASTIAN
SAN BARTOLOME DE LA TORRE, HUELVA

Processión of saint is accompanied by Danza de la Espadas (Dance of the Swords), followed by la subasta de los ramos (auction of branches).

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20 JANUARY
FIESTA DE SAN SEBASTIAN
ALGARROBO, MALAGA

Towns people enjoy a feast with morcilla, chorizo, beer, sangría and local wine, as well as local traditional dances and flamenco, at the verbena (open-air night-time party, with music and dancing, which takes place during a fiesta). Local dances are performed by two groups "Salinas" and "The Awakening".

On the Saturday before the villages patron saint's day, the image is moved from the chapel in the upper part of town, to the church of Santa Ana. On the 20th January the main festival takes place. After the festival, at night, the patron saint is carefully returned back to the hermitage.

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20 JANUARY
FIESTA DE SAN SEBASTIAN
ALCAUCIN, MALAGA
ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE, MALAGA
ALMOGIA, MALAGA
BENAMARGOSA, MALAGA
BENARRABA, MALAGA
CAsabermeja, malaga
frijilana; malaga

Towns people enjoy a feast with morcilla, chorizo, beer, sangría and local wine, as well as local traditional dances and flamenco, at the verbena (open-air night-time party, with music and dancing, which takes place during a fiesta).

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20 JANUARY
ROMERIA DE SAN SEBASTIAN
COnil de la frontera

After a mass celebrated at the Iglesia de Ntro Padre Jesús Nazareno, about 9am the procession of the Patron of the town San Sebastián is carried on a traditional animal cart accompanied by rociero pilgrims, horse men and women, carts, tractors, agricultural machinery that are also taking part in the best traditional dressed vehicle competition. Route from Iglesia Ntro. Padre Jesús Nazareno, Paseo Marítimo, Avda. del Río, Virgen de la Luz, Pascual Junquera, San Sebastián, El Punto, Rosa de los Vientos and rural paths through the forest to the hermitage of Santo Patrono a la Parroquia de Fátima at El Colorado (a district to the north on the N340 or CA2145 coast road) arriving about 3pm. Later returning. Conil page

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20 JANUARY , 3 February
VERBENA DE SAN SEBASTIAN Y SAN BLAS
Hinojosa del Duque, CORDOBA

These two saints are celebrated in the town of Hinojosa del Duque, with fires being lit and pork products from last year’s matanzas being enjoyed. Conmemoration of San Sebastián at the hermatige.

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JANUARY 20
Moors and Christians Festival & SAN SEBASTIAN
LUcar, ALMERIA

The Moors and Christians festival is popular in the eastern Andalucia in the provinces of Granada and Almeria. Full town listing on our Moors and Christians Festivalpage.

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JANUARY 20
SAN SEBASTIAN
Aljaraque, Huelva

Festival taking place at the weekend nearest San Sebastian. Villagers head to the countryside to bless the animals near the figure of the saint. there is dancing to music from the municipal band and fireworks. Traditional palmitos are eaten with local wine. This winter festival declined inthe forties. In 2001, a group of young people decided to form the "brotherhood of San Sebastian" to revive the festival.

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22 JANUARY
CONMEMORACION PLUS ULTRA
PALOS DE LA FRONTERA, HUELVA

This fiesta is to commemorate the first seaplane crossing of the Atlantic. The Plus Ultra left Palos’s port in 1922, and travelled via Brazil, as far as Uruguay and Argentina, a journey of 10,270km, in 59 hours, 39 minutes. It was donated to the Argentine Navy, who in return gave Palos a statue of Icarus.

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JANUARY 20-21
Moors and Christians Festival & SAN SEBASTIAN
LUBRIN, ALMERIA

The Moors and Christians festival is popular in the eastern Andalucia in the provinces of Granada and Almeria. Full town listing on our Moors and Christians Festivalpage.

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JANUARY 20-22
Moors and Christians Festival & SAN SEBASTIAN
GERGAL, ALMERIA

The Moors and Christians festival is popular in the eastern Andalucia in the provinces of Granada and Almeria. Full town listing on our Moors and Christians Festivalpage. Takes place Fri to Sunday the closest weekend to the 25th

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23 JANUARY
FERIA DEL BARRIO
COMPETA, MALAGA

This fiesta celebrates San Sebastian in Competa, but is named after the location of the statue’s hermita, El Barrio. It takes place on the closest Sunday to 20 January. 

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24-30 JANUARY
FIESTAS PATRONALES DE SAN SEBASTIAN
EL ALMENDRO, HUELVA

Games, sporting events and cultural activities, as well as the coronation of the Fiesta Queen on the Friday night. On Sunday, when San Sebastian taken out of church after mass, procession features local dance, Los Cirochos – see pictures and music here. akes place during week following 20 January.

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28-30 JANUARY
SAN ANTONIO DE ABAD
Trigueros, HUELVA

The inhabitants of Trigueros parade their patron saint around the streets for 30 hours, while others throw food from balconies, called the tiradas del santo. The build-up to this festivals sees candelas or bonfires in the streets for the previous weeks of January.

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29-30 JANUARY
FOOD FESTIVALS: LA PESTIÑADA, LA OSTIONADA, LA ERIZADA
CADIZ city

These free food extravaganzas around the city mark the official start of the Cadiz Carnaval season (you’ll have to wait till mid-February for the event itself). First off is the Pestiñada, where pestiños, typical Andalucian Christmas pastries, are enjoyed together with typical local songs from previous years’ carnavales and anis (in Plaza de San Francisco). Then, the following day, is the Erizada - erizos are sea urchins (in calle La Palma), and the Ostionada,– the ostion is a local type of ostra, or oyster (in Plaza San Antonio).

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30 JANUARY
ROMERIA DE SAN ANTON
BELALCAZAR, CORDOBA

Local people take their animals to the local hermitage to be blessed. Tradition states that they walk three times round the building so their stomachs won’t hurt for the rest of the year. Always takes place on last Sunday of January.

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