Christmas jotero lighting in Zaragoza

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Zaragoza, December 2.- Between songs of jotas, by the group Folklore D’Aragón, the mayor of Zaragoza, Jorge Azcón, accompanied by the deputy mayor and Minister of Culture, Sara Fernádez, and the mayor of children, David Tena, have activated This Friday the Christmas lights will fill the streets of the Aragonese capital with magic until January 6.

Christmas means that “if Zaragoza is the most beautiful city in the world, illuminated it is even a little more beautiful”.

Jorge Azcon

“I love Christmas, a special time of year when it is easier for everyone to share, to be generous, to live in solidarity and to be better people”, underlined Azcón for whom Christmas makes “if Zaragoza is the most beautiful in the world, enlightened, be a little more beautiful still”.

For this Christmas of 2022 in which Zaragoza returns to normality after two years of the covid-19 pandemic, the City Council wanted to organize “the best possible programming”, but without forgetting those who are “having a bad time” and those who ” already They are not with us.”

For this reason, for the deputy mayor of Zaragoza in a year also complicated by the war in Ukraine and the “injustices” and after the pandemic “this Christmas more than ever we are going to need the family”.

Ninety led technology installations

From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. every day until January 6, ninety installations with LED technology will illuminate all areas of the city, with particular attention to the main commercial centers.

Casa Soláns, in the Barrio de Jesús, the Puente de los Cantautores del Parque Grande, the Plaza de los Sitios, the Parque de los Incredulos de Casablanca and in Valdefierro the Plaza Armonía will have luminous balls of 3 to 4 meters or gift boxes designed for taking pictures.

For the second year, light projections will also be made on the facades of some civic centers such as Estación del Norte, in El Rabal, and the University.

These days Paseo Independencia shines again with twenty panels of broken stars designed by Sergio Sebastián in homage to the absent, while the Northern Lights illuminate Plaza San Felipe and a sheet of light runs along Calle Alfonso to Plaza del Pilar.

A blanket of lights runs along Alfonso Street/.JAVIER BELVER

In Basilio Paraíso Square, the large Christmas tree inspired by the neural connections of Santiago Ramón y Cajal is once again erected, and other medium-sized ones adorn the Balcón de San Lázaro and María Zambrano, in the Actur.

New illuminated arcades decorate Clara Campoamor, Tomás Bretón, León XIII and Delicias streets and 160 other trees illuminate Don Jaime, Santa Engracia and Los Sitios squares, Sobrarbe, Caspe Compromiso and Avenida de América while Santiago and de Hierro are adorned with luminous wires and dozens of other neon signs, light curtains, garlands, decorated kiosks and other ornamental elements set the scene in other parts of the city.

The nativity scene and crafts fair in Plaza del Pilar open their doors

The great Bethlehem also opened its doors today in the Plaza del Pilar, the nerve center of these festivities, where visitors can enjoy an ice rink, a descent in pneumatic sleds, unique in Spain, a carousel, Santa’s House and the Vitrine Christmas Party, made up of 40 artistic and agri-food craft stands, several taverns and various leisure areas.

A corner of the Plaza de El Pilar at the start of Christmas / JAVIER BELVER

The successful reading animation project promoted by Atrapavientos and the City Council, “Libros que importan”, will also be held in this square, an exchange of copies in which readers can participate from December 26 to 30.

On December 31, from 11:00 p.m., it will be the turn of the New Year party, which returns to enjoy the chimes, eat the grapes and enter the new year dancing to the rhythm of verbena animated by the Mazinger orchestra.

Throughout Christmas, more than fifty activities will be organized such as cookie decorating workshops, reusable instruments and Christmas decorations, which will alternate with blackjack puppets, Christmas carols, parades or choirs.

Jotas, theater and music throughout Christmas

The jota will also be present, with jota tours in different parts of the city, every Friday in December: the 2nd in the Old Town; on the 9th, at Delicias; 16, in Plaza de las Canteras, and 23, in Plaza de San Francisco.

The massive procession of the Three Kings of the East, on January 5 from 6 p.m., will mark the end of the festivities, during which you can also enjoy tourist walks and guided tours, concerts by Fito and Fitipaldis, Sergio Dalma , of the Christmas Carol Singing Contest, the great choirs of the film Morricone, Walt Disney in Concert, Nutcracker, Cantajuegos and the Grand Concert of the New Year 2023 at the Auditorium.

The plays ‘Cigarreras’, ‘Totally Tina’, ‘Fuego’, by the Antonio Gades Company, and ‘To be or not to be’ will pass through the stage of the Teatro Principal and the Teatro del Mercado ‘El reencuentro’, ‘Llega la noche’, ‘Superheroes’, ‘Lights’ and ‘Christmas Altarpiece’, by Binéfar Puppeteers.

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