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!