Celebrating New Year's Eve in Spain

Published on 14/11/2006 in Spanish Culture

Like most festivals in Spain, New Year's Eve, known as "Nochevieja" is usually a family affair which takes place at home.

Until midnight people tend to stay at home and on the stroke of midnight it is traditional to eat 12 grapes, one on each stroke of the clock to bring good luck for the New Year.

This tradition began when after a particularly big grape harvest the king of Spain decided to give everybody grapes to eat on New Year's Eve.

It is traditional to listen to the clock from Puerta del Sol in Madrid, usually via the television. Even young people won’t go out with their friends until they have seen the New Year in with their families. Throughout the country there are street parties and special nights in hotels and clubs everywhere.

Madrid Puerta del Sol at New YearThere is a growing trend towards celebrating the New Year in restaurants or clubs where the meal and all-night entertainment are provided. Take note that you would probably need to book in advance for this as they need to prepare for the numbers

Those who live in Madrid congregate in the main square (Puerta del Sol in Madrid) and eat the grapes along with a celebratory bottle of cava then head out into the night until after sunrise. Having said that, according to a Spanish friend in Madrid, this tends to be more popular with the tourists than the actual madrilenos!

For people visiting Spain with the intention of celebrating New Year, make sure that you either bring a crowd of friends and family with you or have some waiting here for you or it could feel quite uneventful. Don’t be surprised to walk through some towns on New Year’s Eve and discover that all the bars are closed as the staff are at home celebrating with their families.

Wherever you decide to spend New Year in Spain and whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to wear the customary red underwear which must be bought for you by someone else!

Estepona

If you head for the Plaza del Reloj at about eleven thirty, you will find that the council provide party hats, streamers, balloons etc, not to mention the twelve grapes to see the New Year in together in the square. I might add that this is all free, as is the impressive fireworks display that follows.

Benalmadena

Ramon at New YearThe Torrequebrada Casino is a popular place to celebrate the New Year but you would have to book pretty soon to avoid disappointment. At the Plaza Mezqita in Arroyo de la Miel, the town hall arranges entertainment with live bands etc. They have two celebrations, the Spanish and then at 1am they all sing and welcome in the New Year for the English.

What about in your area?

What's going on in your area for nochevieja in Spain?  If you know please write about it in the comments section below.

¡Un buen principio de año a todos!

Written by: Susan Pedalino

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Comments:

jamilaaxo said:
25 April 2014 @ 02:10

Somos tiene un fiesta por Nochevieja hasta 12 y ustedes permanecer en la casa con tus familias y entonces fue una fiesta. Mi familia comer "Black Eyed Peas" por bien suerte y usted come uvas.


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09 December 2012 @ 21:21

Ive lived in spain all my life, and every year, what wed do is watch the tv while eating the grapes with friends and have a lot of fun and party! it was soo much fun!! and theres so much noise all over the streets!! i lives in madrid!! :)


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09 December 2012 @ 21:20

Ive lived in spain all my life, and every year, what wed do is watch the tv while eating the grapes with friends and have a lot of fun and party! it was soo much fun!! and theres so much noise all over the streets!! i lives in madrid!! :)


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Paige said:
01 January 2012 @ 12:26

I spent my new year in Castellon de la Plana (near Valencia).
It is a very "small" town to them and there are not a lot of tourist that visit, but I am studying abroad. I was surprised to find that absolutely every single bar and restaurant closed before 7pm on New Years Eve, leaving me and my fiance to ring in the new year with a dinner of snacky foods. However, we did go to the Plaza de Sol in Castellon (it seems like every town in Spain has a Plaza de Sol) and celebrated with what seemed like the entire town. It was much rowdier than what I am used to in the states. We couldn't even hear the clock ding at midnight because there was too much noise. I wish we would have stayed in instead. I would suggest going to a different country to celebrate new years.



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30 November 2010 @ 21:51

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me gusta nochevieja en españa



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31 December 2009 @ 14:10

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Carole said:
31 December 2009 @ 13:27

Hola, Feliz Año Nuevo from Salar (Granada province)

We go out at 11 p.m. when our local bar opens. I am lucky, I have all my family here. There are not many "expats" here and the locals are all friendly. Our local is called Largo's and is run by Maria and Jose. There will be a few English, but also alot o spanish. Maria supplies the grapes and also cava at midnight.

I have lived in spain from 1961 where I spent a year with a family in Madrid. I have lived all over, including Marbella, Fuengirola and Benalmadena but I am happier in inland andalucia, it is lovely.

How do I send your magazine to a friend?

Un saludo de Carole



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