What to do in December 2017 in the Basque Country - Cultural and Sport Agenda

Things to do in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Biarritz,... Basque Country, north of Spainand south of France. December 2017.

Olentxero. Basque Christmas

   Regarding traditions and festivities:

  • In Mirandaola / LEGAZPI. The visit to the Olentzero. Excursion that begins in the Museum of the Basque Iron, then by the park of Mirandaola, in search of olentzero and ends in the ironworks of Mirandaola. From November 12nd until December 23rd.
  • In Guernica - Lumo. Snail Day. Tasting and tasting snails. Horticultural fair. Exhibition and sale of Basque handicrafts. December 2nd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Belen Monumental. Popular tradition since 1962. Composed of more than 200 human figures, buildings and hundreds of animals and accessories. Florida Park. From December 2nd until January 6th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Ardoaraba: Wine Fair. Route of bars and presentations of pintxos and wine tasting of Rioja Alavesa. From December 3rd until December 11st. The shops on the street will be from December 5th to 8th.
  • In Tolosa. Fair of the Chuleton. Food Fair. Meals and dinners of grills. From December 5th to December 8th.
  • In Durango. EUSKAL DENDA. XXII Trade fair of the Basque artisan sector. Sourcing and sale of food products. From Wednesday, December 6th, to Sunday, December 10th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Crafts Fair. Plaza de Jesus Guridi. From December 14, 2017 to January 6th, 2018.
  • In Bilbao. GABONART. XXXV Christmas Crafts Fair. Exhibition and sale of handicraft products. From December 15th to January 5th.
  • In Guernica - Lumo. Contest of the Basque Country of snails. XXXXI Edition. Tasting, demonstration and gastronomic competition. Snails, choriceros peppers ... Sunday, December 17
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Christmas Farm Market. New Plaza. December 21st.
  • In San Sebastián, Azpeitia, Errenteria, Irun, Hondarribia, Usurbil, Arrasate/Mondragón, Bilbao and Lekeitio. Feast of St. Thomas. Popular festival with gastronomy, Basque sports, traditional music, ... waiting for Christmas. December 21st and 22nd.
  • In Barakaldo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Irún and San Sebastian. Children's Christmas Park. Wide range of activities to enjoy in family, especially for the children of the house. Bilbao Exhibition Center (December 21st - January 8th). BAKH of Vitoria-Gasteiz (December 23rd to January 4th). Kursaal San Sebastian (December 22nd - January 4th). FICOBA Irun (from December 26th until January 4th).
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Candle Night. On Friday before Christmas Eve the fire announces the arrival of Christmas. More than 15,000 candles decorate the streets and main squares: Plaza del Matxete, Los Arquillos, Balconada de San Miguel, Plaza de la Burullería, ... December 22nd and 23rd.
  • In Bilbao. Cavalcade of the Olentzero. In the Basque Country, Olentzero is the person in charge to announce the Christmas and distribute gifts between the boys and girls of the night of the 24 of December. Near to Arriga Theatre. December 23rd and 24th (in the morning). Similar activities are also carried out in many Basque cities and towns. 

Guggenheim Museo. Bilbao

 Regarding arts and exhibits:


  • In Bilbao. Art and space. It includes works by Eduardo Chillida, Olafur Eliasson, Lucio Fontana, Sue Fuller, Robert Gober, Eva Hesse, Cristina Iglesias, Prudencio Irazabal, Agnieszka Kurant, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Anna Maria Maiolino, Asier Mendizabal, Bruce Nauman, Iván Navarro, Damián Ortega, Jorge Oteiza, Pablo Palazuelo, Nobuo Sekine, Susana Solano and Lee Ufan, among others. Guggenheim Museum. From December 5th 2017 until April 8th 2018.
  • In Bilbao. Mendi Film Festival.Cinema and activities related to mountain, adventure and risk sports, including: talks, exhibitions and conferences in the streets of the capital of Biscay. From December 8th until December 16th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Benito Lertxundi. Folkloric Festival of Aitzina. Main Theater Antzokia. December 29th.
  • In Bilbao. “David Hockney. Pictures”. This exhibition presents portraits of realized with a renewed creative vigor in the last two years. Guggenheim Museum. From November 10th until Febrary 25th.
  • In Bilbao. Anni Albers: Touch the view. Known especially for its pioneering role in textile art or fiber art, for its innovations in the treatment of the wefts and its permanent search for motifs and fabric functions. Guggenheim Museum. October 6th until January 14th.
  • In Getaria. Rachel L. Mellon Collection. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. Until January 25th, 2018.
  • In Bilbao. "David Hockney. Pictures". This exhibition presents portraits of realized with a renewed creative vigor in the last two years. Guggenheim Museum. From November 10th until Febrary 25th, 2018. 

"Christmas of Gymnastics" International Gala. Vitoria-Gasteiz

 Regarding sport:

  • In Biarritz. World Championships for Fitness and Bodybuilding. Municipal Casino. December 2nd and 3rd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Ice skating in the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. From December 15 until January 6th. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night.
    In Vitoria-Gasteiz. "Christmas of Gymnastics" International Gala. Annual event organized by the Federation Alavesa de Gimnasia. Mendizorrotza sports center. December 16th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 40th Half marathon. Sunday, December 17th. 
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 35th San Silvestre Career. Tour the city center on the afternoon of the last day of the year: December 31st.
  • In San Sebastian. 32th San Silvestre Career. Antiguo Neighborhood (exit) / Easo Place (goal). 8,650 meters by the Antiguo, Gros, Center and Amara. December 31st.
 And remember, if you are thinking to come to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria, Pamplona or anywhere else in the Basque Country, you can get a better understading on our culture and traditions with a local guide. 
 contact Aitor Delgado Basque Private Tour Guide 


Enjoy the Basque Country!

What to do in the Basque Country - Arts Agenda November 2017

Things to do in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Guernica, Tolosa, Biarritz, ... Basque Region, north of Spain and south of France.


Our selection of best cultural, sport & festivities events in the Basque Country during November 2017.


St. Andrew Festival in Eibar and Azkoitia

Regarding traditions and festivities:

  • In Gernika. Beans Day. Agricultural products: fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread ... popular tasting. Exhibition of Basque rural sports and activities for children. On November 4th.
  • In Bilbao. Agricultural Fair. Sale and exhibition of products of the farmhouse in Berastegi street. Houses of talo (typical product Basque) and chorizo. November 11st. 
  • In San Sebastian. Pig Fair. Exhibition, sale and tasting of pork. Loyola Street. November 11st. 
  • In Campezo. St. Martin Festival. Farmers and craftmen fair. On November 12nd.
  • In Tolosa. Feast of the Bean. Contest of bean producers in the Plaza del Triángulo and the Bean gastronomic contest in the Tinglado market. Euskal Jaiak with bertsolaris, giants and heads ... November 18th & 19th.
  • In Getxo. Crafts Fair. From November 24th to November 26th.
  • In Eibar & Azkoitia. St. Andrew Festival: Exhibition and sale of agricultural products and artisans; and parades, improvisers, trikitilaris and txistularis (Basque Music). November 30th.  

Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. Until January 25th, 2018

 Regarding arts and exhibits:

  • In San Sebastián. Fantasy and Terror Film week. Victoria Eugenia Theater. From October 28th Until November 3th.
  • In Bilbao. Exhibit “Bill Viola: Retropection". Pioneer in the use of the video and in the exploration of the moving image. Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. Until November 9th.
  • In San Sebastian. ECOPLAYAS. XIX International Congress and Exhibition of Beaches. Kursaal Palace. From November 8th until 10th. 
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. "World Press Photo" Exhibit. Centro Cultural Montehermoso Center. Until November 10th. 
  • In Bilbao. ZINEBI: International Festival of Documentary and Short Film. Various scenarios. November 10th to 17th. 
  • In Bilbao. “"David Hockney. Pictures"”. This exhibition presents portraits of realized with a renewed creative vigor in the last two years. Guggenheim Museum. From November 10th until Febrary 25th.
  • In Bilbao. Zinetxiki Festival. International film festival aimed at young. From October 28th until November 12nd.
  • In Bilbao. International print and art works on paper art festival. Euskalduna Palace. From 16th to 19th November.
  • In Barakaldo, at Bilbao Exhibition Center. Shakira: El Dorado World Tour. November 17th.
  • In Getaria. "How to create a fashion brand". Balenciaga Museum. The course will be taught by consultant and entrepreneur Toby Meadows. November 17th and 19th. 
  • In Bilbao. Retro Classical. Reference lounge for all fans of classic, vintage and collection vehicles from the north of Spain. Bilbao Exhibition Centre. From November 17th until November 19th. 
  • In Bilbao. The Opera ABAO OLBE presents “Don Pasquale” of Gaetano Donizeti in Euskalduna Palace. 18th, 21st, 24th, and 27th November. 
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. 42nd International Theater Festival. From October 6th until November 26th.
  • In Bilbao. International Congress of Cyberjournalism: Innovation and entrepreneurship at the service of audiences. Bizkaia Aretoa. November 27th and 28th. 
  • In Bilbao. Anni Albers: Touch the view. Known especially for its pioneering role in textile art or fiber art, for its innovations in the treatment of the wefts and its permanent search for motifs and fabric functions. Guggenheim Museum. October 6th until January 14th.
  • In Getaria. Rachel L. Mellon Collection. Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. Until January 25th, 2018.

Traditional Marathon which runs in the Basque Country coast

Regarding sport:


  • In San Sebastian. Feria Sportjam, and Forum of water sports, urban and snow. Surfing, water sports, mountain, adventure, outdoor, action, surfing, skateboarding, scooter, bmx, diving, longboard, freestyle motocross. Kursaal Palace. From November 3rd until November 5th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. International rhythmic gymnastics exhibit EuskalGym. Enjoy the choreographies of best 10 gymnasts in the world according to the International Gymnastics Federation rank. Pabellón Fernando Buesa Arena. November 18th and 19th. 
  • In Bilbao. Basque Sports. November 11st in  Berastegi Street. 13:30 h. & November 26th in Ametzola Plaza. 13:30 h
  • In Guipuzkoa. The popular run from Behobia (France border) to San Sebastian. On November 12nd (20 km)  
  • In San Sebastian. Traditional Marathon which runs in the streets of one of the most beautiful cities of the Basque Country coast. International Association of Athletics Federations has ranked this Marathon as B, being the most important in Spain. November 26th.

And remember, if you are thinking to come to Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria, Pamplona or anywhere else in the Basque Country, you can get a better understading on our culture and traditions with a local guide. 
 contact Aitor Delgado Basque Private Tour Guide 


Enjoy the Basque Country!