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The inauguration of the Belen Municipal starts Christmas in Cartagena (07/12/2017)

Christmas has been installed in the city of Cartagena with the inauguration of the Municipal Bethlehem in the Plaza de San Francisco, a place that this year becomes the axis of scheduled municipal activities.

This act was held on Tuesday, December 5 and he was attended by the mayor, Ana Belén Castejón, the councilman of Celebrations, Juan Pedro Torralba, and other municipal councilors among which were David Martínez, Manuel Padín, Francisco Espejo, Esperanza Nieto, Carolina Palazón, Florentina García Vargas, Alfredo Nieto and Ana Rama.

The mayor highlighted the expansion of the Bethlehem of the Plaza San Francisco, which this year has 60 more pieces, among which is the church of San Antón and clear references to its traditional octopus.

"Those responsible for the assembly are exceeded every year and this time we have been very pleasantly surprised with their news.

In days like today, San Francisco Square exudes joy and I hope that all Cartagena can enjoy the magic of Christmas, "he said.

Prior to the inauguration there were different performances directed to the little ones with animation and music characters from 18:00 hours.

Already at 19:45 hours the evening was enlivened by the performance of the musical group Marengo Swing, who played Christmas classics.

The councilman of Celebration, Juan Pedro Torralba, will be in charge of presenting the rest of the Christmas program next week.

The lighting of the Christmas lighting also began this past Tuesday in the historic center.

In this sense the councilman of Festejos said that "the main streets of the city center already have the Christmas lights, which will reach the rest of neighborhoods and councils in the coming days."

For the stage that rises in the square will spend much of the events of the Christmas program, as is the case of the Theater Festival 'Winter scenes Educateatro', aimed at a child and family audience, and part of the

In addition, this year Plaza San Francisco will be the framework of the traditional handicraft market that, in recent years, has been located in the Alameda de San Antón, thus adding to give more Christmas atmosphere to the center.


The birth, whose assembly began in November, is located under a transparent tent of 30 x 10 meters to avoid the deterioration of the 700 figures that this year includes 60 new ones.

All of them make up the recreation of the 14 mysteries of the birth of Jesus.

The Bethlehem continues to include winks to the Cartagena as part of their typical anachronisms.

At the replica of the dome of the Minor Basilica of Charity, the typical Cartagena mill and the royal vapors on the castle (as there are in the Torres Park), this year includes, for the first time, a scale reproduction from the church of San Antón, next to which you can also see cooking the typical Cartagena octopus.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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