Christmas in Vigo 2023: street lighting, Ferris wheel, and Market

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Experience the Magic of Christmas in Vigo, Spain!

Christmas in Vigo is celebrated in a very special way, as in this region of Galicia, the festivities are taken very seriously. And it’s already known that in 2023, the Christmas lights in Vigo will be turned on at 8:30 PM on November 24th, at Porta do Sol.

From the illumination of the city streets to the Christmas markets, including the Ferris wheel and the decorative figures scattered throughout various streets, there is much to see and do in Vigo during this time of the year.

This article was written based on our visits to Vigo’s Christmas in previous years, and I must say that every time I go there, I love the experience. And to ensure your experience is equally excellent, I made an effort to include in this post all the details you need to know.

So, discover where the main tourist spots are, what to expect from Vigo’s Christmas Market in 2023, and some final tips to make the most of your trip.

Vigo Christmas Lights 2023

The opening of the Christmas lights marks the official beginning of the Christmas festivities in Vigo.

People gather on Policarpo Sanz Street, where traffic is blocked, and on Príncipe Street, which is pedestrianized, to witness the lights being turned on for the first time, but the main location for the festivities is Porta do Sol.

However, you need to head to Porta do Sol early, as there are many people wanting to go there.

A countdown sets the anticipation, followed by a delightful Christmas music show accompanied by artificial snow.

The Giant Christmas Tree near Porta do Sol comes alive with a vibrant display of lights, accompanied by traditional Christmas songs.

The line for the carousel quickly grows with excited children eager to take a ride.

Speaking of queues, on the opening day of the Christmas lights, the Ferris Wheel becomes the most sought-after attraction. People patiently wait for hours to experience a few exhilarating minutes high above the city.

For those who prefer to explore the streets of Vigo, numerous festive scenes with Christmas motifs await. The Santa Claus House, a sleigh with reindeer, a towering snowman, and various other figures are dispersed throughout the city center.

If you’re curious about the Christmas Tree in Vigo, we invite you to check out our Instagram page, where we have a live video capturing the enchanting sight. Follow us there for more updates and delightful content!

Christmas Market in Vigo (Cíes Market)

Cíes Market is the largest Christmas Market in Vigo, situated in Parque da Alameda, next to Praça Compostela, and boasting approximately 100 stalls.

If you’re fond of acquiring unique crafts and decorative items, this is the perfect place for you. Moreover, there are numerous food stalls and even a Ferris wheel for the more adventurous visitors.

Another attraction at this Cíes Market is the presence of artificial snow. Thus, last year, three times a day, at 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM, and 9:00 PM, artificial snow machines were in operation, dressing the market in white and bringing joy to the Christmas Market. This year, this information has not been confirmed, but I will update this article as soon as possible.

Another piece of information that is not yet confirmed is the opening hours of the Christmas Markets; however, last year, the Christmas Market in Vigo operated from Monday to Friday starting at 5:00 PM and on weekends starting at 11:00 AM.

Travel tips for those visiting the Christmas Market in Vigo

Ruas iluminadas na Galiza..

Here are some travel tips for those visiting the Christmas Market in Vigo:

  1. Don’t forget to bring a coat as the temperature drops significantly at night.
  2. Be prepared for a long queue at the Ferris wheel, so plan accordingly and expect some waiting time.
  3. When it comes to food, the stalls offer a wide variety of options including pizza, sandwiches, chips, sushi, tacos, hot dogs, crepes, waffles, cookies, and more.
  4. In terms of beverages, you can usually find beer at the stalls. Additionally, there are vending machines available offering water and soft drinks.

These tips will ensure you have a more comfortable and enjoyable experience at the Christmas Market in Vigo.

Christmas in Vigo 2023: What to Expect

As I mentioned, in past years, I took my family to the Christmas markets in Vigo, and they were incredible experiences.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to find so many people in the streets or so many interesting attractions to explore both at the Christmas festivities venue and throughout the rest of the city.

In fact, the Christmas lights in Vigo hit the streets every August. The Christmas lights will be turned on on November 24th at 8:30 PM at Porta do Sol.

It’s truly the event of the year, and it is expected to bring over three million tourists to Vigo.

Accommodation in Vigo

Hotel Tryp Los Galeones.
Hotel Vigo Los Galeones Affiliated by Meliá, former Hotel Tryp Los Galeones.

When we visited Vigo on the night the Christmas lights were turned on, we faced challenges navigating the city center by car.

That’s why we opted for the Hotel Vigo Los Galeones Affiliated by Meliá, a four-star hotel conveniently located near the motorway exit and not far from the city center. This hotel offers a car park at a rate of €11 per day.

Alternatively, you may consider other excellent hotel options, such as the Hotel Axis Vigo, which also provides parking facilities, or the NH Collection Vigo.

However, other hotels can be good choices, such as the Hotel Axis Vigo which has parking, or the NH Colection Vigo, also with parking for your car.

To book hotels in Vigo, we recommend using online travel platforms for the best rates and availability.

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Exploring Vigo Beyond the Christmas Markets

While you’re exploring Vigo’s Christmas Market, why not uncover more of the city’s treasures? Brace yourself for a delightful surprise, as Vigo is genuinely captivating!

Here, we present tips on what to experience within the city, along with recommendations for tours and sightseeing adventures to elevate your visit.

Discover the historical monuments of the old town, pay a visit to the Parque de Castrelos (Castle of Vigo), embark on a scenic boat journey, and indulge in a delicious lunch on one of the charming terraces nestled in Vigo’s heart.

For those open to it, consider these noteworthy tours:

  • Albariño trails Private Wine Tour/Shore excursion from Vigo: Immerse in the charm of Rías Baixas. This Albariño Wine Tour, led by Juanjo, unveils unique winemaking techniques and visits two distinct wineries. Savor conversations with winemakers, their techniques, and Atlantic-influenced flavors. Indulge in a typical “furancho” lunch.
  • Self-Guided Sherlock Holmes Vigo City Game: Immerse yourself in a thrilling city adventure with our Self-Guided Sherlock Holmes Vigo City Game. Unravel a fictional mystery while exploring highlights like Praza da Constitución. Download the game app, solve puzzles, and enjoy British humor. Be the detective and explore Vigo your way.
  • Granbazán Winery: guided tour and wine tasting: with visit to the farm and wine tasting with typical food from Galicia;

These suggestions are just a glimpse of what Vigo has to offer beyond its Christmas celebrations. But if you’re eager to delve deeper into Vigo’s tourist attractions, fear not – I’ve prepared an article exclusively dedicated to this captivating topic.

Discover the best sights and activities in Vigo, Spain, including accommodation recommendations, top tourist attractions, prime sunset viewpoints, notable restaurants, and much more.

Get ready to make the most of your time in Vigo!

Getting to Vigo: Your Travel Options

When planning your journey to Vigo, Spain, you have the choice of traveling by car or bus.

For those who prefer the flexibility of driving, rental cars are available in Vigo.

Rental cars is Vigo, Spain.

For exemple, if you’re driving from Porto, Portugal, the journey to Vigo’s city center takes approximately 1.5 hours.

To begin, take the A3 in the direction of Braga, and then continue toward Valença. Cross the River Minho via the bridge at the Tui border, and proceed along the expressway towards Vigo.

On the other hand, if you opt for public transport, consider utilizing bus services like Flixbus.

This option offers convenient schedules and competitive prices for travel from various Spanish cities to Vigo.

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