My understanding is that the El Ejido choir will be singing in the Almerimar church on the evening of Saturday 23 December 2017.

My guess is that some or all of the music will be Christmas music.

As yes, I do not have any further details. Once I have more information I will publish it here.

Just picked this up off the MacGowan's Facebook page....

Christmas day special
Turkey,ham,roast potatoes,buttered carrots, brussel sprouts, stuffing and turkey gravy.
11.90€
Or Roast Beef option

Bookings required served 1 - 4.30pm

Usual menu also available.

I guess it is getting to the time of year where people are starting to plan what they are doing for Xmas and New Year.

If you spot any local restaurants advertising what they are doing please can you let me know and I will advertise it here.

So far the first one I know about is El Espigon. They are doing a New Year's Eve dinner. Further details should be published here in the next few days all being well.

One of our readers, Jacqui M (a different Jacqui M from my darling wife), has been in touch with details of the Burns Night Supper 2018 in Almerimar....

The event will take place at the Espigon Bar on Saturday 27 January 2018. It will be a 4 course dinner/dance. Wine and toasts are included. Free raffle tickets. Price per person: 22.50 euros.

Jacqui has given me some contact details to pass on to people who are interested in taking part. Please get in touch with me if you would like the contact details for the organisers.

John A is busy sorting out the plans for the 2017 Francis House golf competition on Saturday 25 November.

He has been in touch to say that his normal venue for the prize giving and raffle, D'Bar, is closed in November. So this year the prize giving and raffle will take place at the clubhouse straight after the golf. Probably starting at around 3pm.

Further information about the event will be published here in due course.

John A has been in touch with the following information:

"The annual Francis House Children's Hospice Betterball Competition will take place on Saturday 25th November. Tee Times 8am - 9.52am Blue/White.

This is the 21st year."

We will publish further details here when we have them.

Ikari Halloween 2017

I spotted this advert for a Halloween menu for the Ikari restaurant on Facebook. I contacted the phone number (golf hotel reception) and asked about whether the menu was just for one night.

The guy who answered said that this menu is available for certain on Saturday 28 October and Tuesday 31 October 2017. It might also be available on Friday 27 October although he was not sure about this. Also, he said that if there is a big enough group of people wanting it they will serve the menu on any night close to Halloween.

He said the restaurant opens at 8pm in the evening and for lunch on Sundays (probably not serving the menu at that time and also probably not on Sunday evening). The restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Noche en negro 2017

Noche en negro 2017

Noche en negro 2017

I picked up the above photos from Junta Local de Almerimar Facebook page. It looks like there might be some fun in "the square" in a weeks time.

On Tuesday I got an invite to an event to celebrate International Tourism Day. The event took place the following day (Wednesday 27 September 2017). It was a trip to the botanical garden organised by the El Ejido town hall.

Sadly, I could not make event as I had far too much to do on Wednesday and I could not rearrange things to fit this in.

I have just spotted a brief article about the event here on the Ideal site.

Read More for a Google translation of the article.

Read more: International Tourism Day - Wednesday 27 September 2017

I was looking around for a video of the fiesta at Dalias last week. As yet I could not find one on youtube. However I did find this video from last year.

Earlier today I received this from Gabriel at the tourist office. It is a bit of background about the fiesta week in Dalias that ends this evening. Thanks Gabriel....

This weekend is the high point of the festival of "El Cristo de la Luz" (Christ of the Light) in Dalias. It happens to be one of the biggest religious festivals in Almería province, and the oldest and most widespread traditions in the area. Every year, during the third week of September, thousands of pilgrims from all across the Poniente region will walk the way to the image of the Christ. With the end of the summer, the view of lines of people walking along the road from El Ejido to Dalias becomes part of the landscape. Each person makes the pilgrimage for different reasons (faith, tradition, sports, family,...), becoming part of the phenomenon that goes beyond town borders and celebrates heritage.

The highlights of the festival are: the pilgrimage itself, the pilgrim mass at the church, the bull of fire run https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1shvjIogNQ , several balls at the casino (with live music, dance and fine dining) http://www.casinodedalias.com/index.php/programas?download=5:programa-fiestas-2017-calidad-superior and a massive and deafening display of fireworks.

These are some videos from the internet to illustrate the description above:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgAlQ51zfWA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZcjCMn4qSE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-1CVN7bylc

Find the programme for the whole festival on the following link: http://www.dalias.es/Servicios/Fiestas/Fiestas.nsf/2597EF5FA3FCF4BBC125818A004250D7/$file/Programa%20Dalias%202017%20Web.pdf

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