LA ZENIA BOULEVARD CHRISTMAS 2021 The pinnacle of the Orihuela Costa annual social calendar takes place later this week, as the stage is set for the Costa Blanca's largest shopping centre´s spectacular festive lights to be turned on.
During the forthcoming days, the water fountains in Zenia Boulevard´s main concourse will be turned off in anticipation of the arrival of the gilded Christmas tree, and the entire mall will be decked from head-to-toe in hundreds of thousands of sparkling Christmas lights.
Over recent years the Costa Blanca's premier shopping centre has developed an excellent reputation for its festive displays, and the venue never fails to impress each year with a spectacular Christmas advent calendar of its very own, usually culminating in the “Cabalgata de Papá Noel”.
It's become something of a modern Spanish tradition, and the Zenia Boulevard Christmas Parade is the pinnacle of the festive celebrations.
The evening event is a dramatic spectacle of music, light and colour, as the shopping centre's rambling avenues are filled to the brim with hundreds of dancers, and thousands of festive visitors and shoppers.
Zenia Boulevard Christmas Parade: the annual festive miracle
Local men and women of all ages dress in brightly coloured costumes and parade through the streets in an evidently well-rehearsed and perfectly choreographed dance performance that encompasses all things festive.
Beautifully executed, the festive theatrical enactment concludes with Santa Claus himself taking a well-deserved break from his chores at the North Pole, to ride his sleigh through the centre´s avenues greeting spectators and waving to the waiting crowds.
Due to public safety restrictions, Zenia Boulevard's Christmas parade last took place in 2019 and although no date has yet been set for its confirmed return, local hopes are that it will return this year to the 2021 festive calendar.
Nonetheless, the official ceremony to turn on the Christmas lights takes place this weekend. On Saturday 13th November 2021 from 15:00, the venue is promising an afternoon and evening of “magical music and festive surprises”.
Throughout the afternoon there will be a children's workshop where young shoppers can make ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree from 15:00 to 19:00. A spectacular dance parade performed by the Kebanna Ballet will take place between 17:00 and 17:30.
A very Costa Blanca Christmas, La Zenia, Orihuela Costa
A concert is scheduled to begin at 18:30, with the Katjazz Band performing covers of popular Disney themes until 20:30. The official lighting of the Christmas tree takes place during the concert, accompanied by festive music and celebrations.
The Zenia Boulevard Christmas festive lights event takes place this Saturday 13th November 2021 with festivities beginning at 15:00. Find out more from the official Zenia Boulevard website.
Retail outlets at the shopping centre will be closed on Christmas Day, but restaurants and leisure facilities will be open for business as usual. Please check directly with restaurants before travelling to La Zenia to confirm opening times and to ensure that pre-booked reservations are not required.
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