Christmas is Coming to San Pedro de Alcántara 2017!
With the work on Avenida Marqués del Duero almost completed, the Ayuntamiento is fast installing the Christmas lights for the 2017 festive season, which this year will also be accompanied by a music show. The programme kicks off on Thursday 30th November 2017.
The focus of the light show will be the newly completed main street in San Pedro with over 70,000 lights being installed there alone. The centre piece of the show will be a huge suspended sphere of lights, twelve metres in diameter.
The lights will also be set to music, with two shows every day – the first at 18h30 and the second at 20h30. The audio-visual show will be set to the songs “A Song of Joy” by Miguel Rios, and “All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey.
The decorations have been especially custom made for San Pedro de Alcántara and are inspired by the main church, especially on Avenida Oriental, Calle Revilla and Calle Picasso. No less than two Christmas trees have been installed on the roundabouts and a total or eighty arches. In total, the festivities will make use of an impressive 628,000 LED lights.
It is hoped that by making Marqués del Duero the focal point of the festivities, and spreading the focus away from the church square, it will help to compensate the business owners in the area, who have experienced quite a lot of upheaval in the renewal works.
The Christmas programme is due to start on Thursday 30th November 2017 and run right through until after “Three Kings’”, finishing on Friday 5th January 2018. The programme will include the usual parades as well as ‘zambombás” (a kind of festive open-air party) in various different neighbourhoods. There will be a free concert in Calle García Lorca on Friday 22nd December 2017, as well as “flash mobs” on December 12 and December 13 on Calle MDD.
The Three Kings will again arrive by helicopter (!) and will make the same tour of the town as last year, to include Avenida Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Calle Lagasca, Avenida Luis Braille, Calle Pepe Osorio, Avenida Oriental y Plaza de la Iglesia.
It has also been decided that Calle Lagasca will close to traffic on December 16, 22, 23 and 24 and January 3, 4 and 5, to encourage shopping. It will also be seen as an experiment to test the feasibility of pedestrianizing the street permanently.