Can you believe that it’s already December on Saturday? It’s hard to believe when the sun is shining, and we haven’t had our Christmas trees up since the beginning of November.

But here, in Torrevieja, you know when Christmas is just around the corner when the town’s local fiestas begin, and with them the first of the festive events.

So, there are a number of things taking place this Saturday and Sunday in and around the main church and the Plaza de la Constitución in the centre of town.

First of all, on Saturday, the non-governmental organization for development “Nueva Fraternidad”, whose aim is to combat child poverty, stand up for women’s rights and education in the Third World, will be holding their very own Christmas market in the main square where they will be selling all types of festive goods.

The market will commence at 12.00h on Saturday and close at around 20.00h.

The following day, on Sunday, 2 December, at 18.00h, the Mayor of Torrevieja, José Manuel Dolón, together with the Swedish Consul, Björn Sandström, will switch on the lights on the tree, that has been imported from Sweden and which will remain in the main square throughout the Christmas holidays.

The tree has been donated to the town hall by Per Erik Persson to say thank you to Torrevieja and its inhabitants for the warm welcome given to all Swedish residents in the town.

Following this, the Scandinavian association Más Amigos alongside the Swedish church will offer those present something to eat and a children’s choir will close the event with Christmas carols from Sweden.