Noche Buena - 24th of December
Nochebuena, akin to Christmas Eve in English-speaking countries, unfolds on the 24th of December, marking a time when families and friends come together to partake in a traditional Christmas banquet. The celebrations extend well into the night, with some households wrapping up their meals just as the chapel bells announce midnight, signalling the commencement of the Midnight Mass. Attended by many families, the Mass is accompanied by choir performances. Post-Mass, the merriment continues with joyous dancing that carries on into the early hours of December 25th.
Nochebuenas delectable Spanish feasts unfold with an array of starters, featuring assorted cheeses, Spanish ham, olives, preserves, pickles and Iberian delicacies, with a special emphasis on seafood. The first course typically features a hearty stew or soup, known as Caldo in Spanish. The main course boasts a variety of Christmas specialties, including oven-baked fish, seafood, shellfish soup, rotisserie meats and the quintessential stuffed turkey or roast lamb.