Christmas in Malaga: Experience the lights, markets and New Year’s Eve.

Christmas lights in Malaga 2017This year the Christmas lights are switched on the 24th in November, will you miss it? Don’t worry, you will find a video of the lighting and all the information you may need about Christmas in Malaga if you continue reading.

The lighting decoration and switching date change every year, however in 2016 was the same as in 2015. In past events they used up to 600.000 led lights in Larios street, the most centric street in Malaga, nevertheless this city is one of the best places to enjoy the Christmas lighting in the world.

On the right you can see the new lights for 2017, ready to be turned on the Friday, November 24th. Remember there will be light and sound shows at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm every day.

New lighting for Christmas in Malaga 2017

This year there is a new design and lighting and also new streets in the centre of Malaga, the new design is inspired by the Cathedral of Malaga.

new Christmas lights 2017

On the opening day there will also be a children’s party in Plaza de Las Flores where free balloons will be distributed among the youngest.

The company responsible for Christmas lighting in Malaga (Iluminaciones Ximénez) which is also responsible for providing lighting to different companies and cities around the world. You can find its LED lighting in New York on Fifth Avenue, Las Vegas, Dubai or even in Hong Kong among other locations.

Christmas lights project for 2017

Many visitors come from Europe not only to see the Christmas lighting in Malaga, but also to enjoy a festive atmosphere unique in the city.

This year, the Christmas lighting will also be used for light and sound shows at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. There will be typical Christmas songs and each pass will last from 2 to 3 minutes.

There will be new streets in addition to Calle Larios where you can enjoy the illumination: Calle Marqués, Sagasta, Souvirón, Plaza de Camas, Calle Herrera del Rey, Puerta del Mar, Calle Moreno Carbonero, Calle Álamos and Calle Granada.

The Christmas lighting will be turned off on January 6th, with the arrival of the Night of Kings, so you better visit it before it is too late.

Representation of what the new Christmas lighting will look like
Representation of what the new Christmas lighting will look like

This central square in Malaga is decorated for Christmas with a beautiful illumination offering a show that you should not miss.

 

Christmas trees in Malaga

During Christmas in Malaga six giant Christmas trees (6 to 18 meters high) will be placed. One of them in Huelin Park, two almond trees of 8 meters, one in the square of the Cervantes Theatre and another in Alcazabilla street. A giant Christmas tree with a metallic structure in the Plaza de la Marina, also another one of 18 meters in the Plaza de la Constitución, illuminated following the lighting style of Larios Street, a Christmas tree in the Plaza Enrique García Square and finally one in Molina Lario Street. All of them illuminated with leds and decorated for the occasion.

Lighting and Christmas tree at Marina Square
Constitucion Square with Christmas lighting tree from a past event.

Switching on Christmas lights in Malaga in video – 2016

Torremolinos chrismas lighting switched on the Friday 2nd of November in 2016 at Plaza de la Nogalera. If they repeat this year, they should turn on the lights the Friday 3rd.

Christmas Markets in Malaga – 2017

Many locals enjoy the Christmas in Malaga by visiting any of the many Christmas markets in the province.

There are usually every year markets at Soho district and Alameda park. I will update the list as new information is coming.

Initially I think the list will not be much different than the previous year one so you can check our past year list of Christmas Markets in Malaga.

torremolinos-christmas-lighting
Torremolinos chrismas lights and markets should be available from the Friday 3nd of November

Christmas markets

The Christmas markets below are from 2016, we can expect that they will continue opening at similar dates in 2017.

Christmas Market in Torremolinos (near train station) from the Friday 2nd of November.

Chrismas Market in Fuengirola is already available at Plaza de la Constitución.

Christmas charity bazaar in Malaga

Located at the English Shop ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ at Paseo de Sancha, 48.

This charity market will open in January on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th.

For donating the opening time is from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8:30pm.

Invisible handcrafters market

At Calle Andres Perez, 8. Opening time is from 5pm to 10pm.

Visiting Traditional Nativity Scenes

traditional nativity scenes

Every year they organize traditional nativity scenes, some of the most popular are the one inside Malaga Cathedral and at the Town Hall in Malaga.

Cathedral opening time: 10am to 2am and from 5pm to 8pm

Town Hall opening time: 10am to 2am and from 5pm to 9pm

New Year’s Eve in Malaga

You can find a wide variety of hotels for the New Year’s Eve party with dinner included . If you prefer, you can celebrate in one of the main squares of the cities of Malaga, there typically meet a large number of people to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

In adition if you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with more people you can visit one of the following locations:

Malaga: Plaza de la Constitucion and Calle Larios
Torremolinos: Auditorio Municipal Principe de Asturias
Benalmadena: Plaza de la Mezquita
Fuengirola: Plaza de España
Marbella: Plaza de los Naranjos

Procession of the Three Kings 2018

Night of the Three Kings

The Three Kings in Malaga during 2018 will spend the night in the Alcazaba. The parade will leave from the city hall on Monday 5 January so you better be ready.

The parade will begin at 5 pm on January 5th and the route is as follows*:

  • City Hall Malaga
  • Avenida de Cervantes
  • Plaza General Torrijos
  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Alameda Principal
  • Puente Tetuan
  • Avenida de Andalucia
  • Nazareno del Paso
  • Puente de la Esperanza
  • Manuel Jose Garcia Caparros
  • Pasillo de Santa Isabel
  • Carreteria, Alamos
  • Plaza de la Merced

Do you plan to spend this Christmas in Malaga? We hope you enjoy and don´t forget to share your experiences and questions in the forum.

*Route from past year should be the same, should it change I will update it.

Night of the Three Kings: Parade, history and curiosities

The origin of the celebration of Twelfth Night (Three Kings night) from 5 to January 6 goes back to the ancient times for being an important day in which increases the brightness after the winter solstice of December 25, thereafter the days begin to get longer each time.

Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar are the names of the Three Kings.

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Night of the Three Kings on January the 5th

In the past the Three Kings distributed roles regarding giving out gifts, unfortunately for Balthazar he was in charge of giving coal (the real one, not sweet) stones or wood to children who had not done well. Gaspar gave candy or nuts and Melchior brought clothes and shoes; the gifts of those times were adapted to the needs of the moment.

three-kings

The Three Kings, as such, are not very widespread and are celebrated only in some Spanish-speaking countries, mainly because of Father Christmas or Santa Claus has prevailed, although both have the same origin.

There is variety in representing the Three Kings in Europe, in countries such as Italy its ‘La Befana’, a witch who seeks redemption and is responsible for bringing the good children presents and scare the bad ones.

In other countries like Germany is just a special day for Catholics, unlike in Spain where everyone celebrates. In Germany on that day there are no gifts or family meals; it is a day of charitable action.

Tradition says that the one who decides whether to give coal to the children is the Carbonilla, a page of the Three Kings.

Will they bring lots of charcoal? At Malagaweb.com we expect that you have behaved well and if they bring you charcoal, that is the sweet one you can eat.

The parade in 2017 (Cabalgata de Reyes)

The Three Kings parade in 2017 (Cabalgata de Reyes in Spanish) bring up to 12 tons of sweets which they throw everywhere from the cars. This year the parade is organized in three main blocks: Fantasy, Christmas and Royal Courtship.

Opening cars called Fantasy parade comes with characters of Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland among many others.

The Christmas cars parade comes with the royal pages, a ballet, angels decorated cars and shepherds next to a moving nativity scene.

Finally the Royal Courtship formation with acrobats and the decorated cars of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar kings.

Traffic roads will be closed in Malaga centre due to the cavalcade from 12 at night on January 4 to the ending of the parade on January 5th.

Parade of the Three Kings – January activities

Melchor kingThe procession of the Three Kings (Cabalgata de Reyes) is a mainly Spanish tradition. The first parade which is recorded took place in 1876 in Alicante and thanks to its success it was expanding rapidly to other cities. In 1917 was the first Parade in Andalusia and today is a typical established tradition throughout the province.

In the beginning it was a day set for charity and the Parades were responsible for collecting toys for disadvantaged children; after many years this healthy habit was disappearing giving way to the typical candy being thrown from the coaches just before Twelfth Night when children wait for their gifts.

Three kings parade in Malaga: Itineraries in January

The three kings parade in Malaga has an itinerary different from other years because of the subway works. Remember in Spanish you can ask about the ‘Cabalgata de Reyes in Malaga’ if you need orientation.

There are private chairs available for those who want to see the 3 Kings Parade from a comfortable place. Price for chairs are as follows:

  • 9€ first row sit
  • 8€ second row sit
  • 4€ third row sit at Paseo del Parque only.

If you want to buy a chair for the Three Kings Parade you can do online (only in Spanish  at http://www.mientrada.net/) or by phone 902 646 289 (high paid call).

Beginning of the parade is at 5:00pm from Malaga Town Hall in January the 5th.

Itinerary of the parade

5:00pm Parade will officially begin at Malaga Town Hall.

  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Rotonda del Marqués de Larios
  • Alameda Principal
  • Mercado de Atarazanas

Detailed itinerary in Malaga: Avenida de Cervantes, Plaza del General Torrijos, Paseo del Parque, Plaza de La Marina, Alameda Principal, Puerta del Mar, Atarazanas, Plaza de Arriola, Pasillo de Santa Isabel, Carretería, Álamos y Plaza de la Merced.

Parade itinerary in Torremolinos

4pm – Parade officially begins in Blas Infante Square.

  • Avda. Rafael Quintana
  • C/ Europa
  • Avda. Isabel Manoja
  • Avda. Los Manantiales
  • Plaza Costa del Sol
  • Avda. Joan Miró
  • Calle doctor Jiménez Encina
  • C/García de la Serna
  • Avda. Rafael Quintana
  • Ayuntamiento de Torremolinos

Parade itinerary in Benalmádena

At 4:30pm begins the parade in Benalmadena Pueblo

  • Recinto Ferial los Nadales
  • Calle San Miguel
  • Avenida del Chorrillo
  • Avenida Juan Luís Peralta
  • Calle Jerónimo Garriga
  • Calle Lomillas
  • Plaza de España
  • Calle Real
  • Avenida Juan Luís Peralta

Parade itinerary in Fuengirola

4pm: In Fuengirola the Three Kings arrive by helicopter.

  • Calle Mallorca
  • Avenida de Mijas
  • Avenida Juan Gómez “Juanito”
  • Calle Camilo José Cela
  • Calle Molino de viento
  • Avenida Condes de San Isidro
  • Avda. Matías Sáenz de Tejada
  • Avenida Ramón y Cajal
  • Avda. de Los Boliches

Parade itinerary in Marbella

11am – Arrival to Quiron Hospital of the Three Kings.

12am: Arrival by boat to Marbella marina and parade by old cars.

6pm: Official parade with the itinerary below:

  • Avda. Severo Ochoa
  • Avda. Ramón y Cajal
  • Avda. Ricardo Soriano
  • Plaza Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra

Parade itinerary in Nerja

4pm: Arrival of the three kings to the town hall.

5pm: Official parade.

  • Parque Verano Azul
  • C/ Jaén
  • C/ Diputación
  • Calle Granada
  • Calle San Miguel
  • Plaza Cantarero
  • Pintada
  • Puerta del Mar
  • Finaliza en Balcón de Europa.

Roscon de Reyes: History and curiosities

Roscón de ReyesThe origin of eating a ¡Roscon de Reyes¡ for Twelfth Night dates back to Roman times; the Romans dedicated festivals to the god Saturn to celebrate the increase in brightness after the winter solstice. During the celebration were baked round cakes of figs, dates and honey which were enjoying all social classes including slaves.

From the third century was introduced the dry bean into the sweet. Who got it was considered king of kings for a short period of time; this tradition continued in use and there are records of its use during the Middle Ages with small variations.

At present there are usually a treasure and a bean inside each cake being the one who the gets the bean responsible for paying it and the one who gets the treasure is the king of the house for a day.

Winter is coming…recommended activities in Malaga in December

Malaga in winterMalaga in winter enjoy sunny days, enjoyment is not limited exclusively to summer but also when visiting Malaga in December.

Winter is coming…but do not worry in contrast to the popular tv show in Malaga you will be safe.

What is the weather like in Malaga in December?

Thanks to Malaga’s location in the south of Andalusia and protected by the mountains, the temperature ranges between 8ºC at night and 18ºC during the day.

If you were wondering if you could go to the beach in December in Malaga, the answer is that it depends on your tolerance to the cold. The temperature of the water is about 16ºC, quite cold for a Spaniard but suitable for a German bath, so as I said it will depend exclusively on your preferences.

What clothes to take in December to Malaga?

It is very common to wonder about the clothes needed to visit Malaga in December if you have never visited it during this month. Let’s tell you what elements can’t be missing in your suitcase when you are packing it up.

  • Closed shoes
  • Jacket and long-sleeved shirts for the evening.
  • Waterproof jacket in case of raining.
  • Long pants.

Although the above should not be missing, I recommend you bring summer pants and T-shirts, because even if during the night can refresh the day may be sunny. I forgot, if you’re planning on taking a bath or trying it, you can bring a bathing suit.

Is it raining in Malaga in December?

It may rain in December, although it is less likely than during November. When it rains, it usually doesn’t last longer than 2 or 3 days, but it’s an impossible situation to predict.

Typically, a week is not completely sunny, clouds or rain can be interspersed throughout the week. Rainfall is usually low intensity and is not characterized by its duration.

Anyway you can have a look at the things you can do during a rainy day in Malaga.

Malaga in Winter: Things to do in December

Actually, many tour operators and travel agencies offer very good price-value flights to Malaga Airport in the months between October and March. The same applies as well for the Malaga cruise port which is one of the principal scales in the winter routes of cruise ships through the Mediterranean Sea.

Visiting Malaga in December is still a good choice, even more when we consider the cheaper price comparing to summer. There are many things to do this month, do you want to read our top recommended activities?

enjoying winter in Malaga at the beach

1. Golf, hiking and other outdoor activities in winter

Definitely, Malaga in winter has an unique climatic characteristic that contribute to the practice of Golf. Actually this sport has become one of the most attractive activities along the Costa del Sol meanwhile the rest of Europe is shivering with cold.

Other outdoor activities you can practice throughout the year are boating and fishing.

Autumn to Spring is a great time to explore the inland and mountainous regions of one of the 5 Natural parks as the landscape around December gets covered in the first fresh green. If you plan visiting Malaga during the Spring you can read my latest post about Malaga in February.

Hiking, climbing or horse riding are some more options.

You can also check for information about Christmas in Malaga and other activities for New Year’s Eve, December is a great month for visiting Southern of Spain.

Winter in Malaga: Lighting and Christmas tree in December

Autumn to Spring is a great time to explore the inland and mountainous regions of one of the 5 Natural parks

2. Spas and natural thermal pools in December

All these activities combine greatly as well with wellness holidays in some of the best Spas and centres for Thalassotherapy. There are some recommended free thermal pools that you can enjoy when visiting Malaga in December.

In the main resorts along the Costa del Sol there are very good municipal sports installations:

  • Indoor swimming pool, steam bath and even jet pool in Torremolinos.
  • The municipal sport club in Benalmádena has a permanent ice rink of 900 m2 and cafeteria service next to it.
  • Those visiting the Corte Ingles mall in December can also try the ice rink, it is the last stop of the suburban train and you have to take the left stairs exit.

3. Strolling the city centre of Malaga in Winter

Once you are in the historic centre of Malaga, you might want to combine your sightseeing with a relaxing bath in a Hammam (Turkish steam bath). You don´t have to bring anything with you, they will provide a bathrobe and disposable underwear. The Hammam is close to the Picasso Museum in the Calle Tomas de Cozar 13.

The typical and most touristic Hamman is called Spa Al-Andalus and is at Plaza de los Martires. (http://malaga.hammamalandalus.com/en/)

Maybe you feel like a coffee break after your bath? Then you can head for some Chocolate and Churros in the city centre.

Asking for coffee in Malaga can be quite difficult for newcomers, there are at least eight different types of Coffees. For instance:  they call “sombra” (shadow) to the half coffee-half milk; “nube” (cloud) is a lot of milk and less coffee. If you want a only a little milk with a lot of coffee, you have to ask for “cortado” (cut).

You can also check for a guide and monument map, those can be useful items for visiting the city centre.

When visiting the city centre in December don’t forget to check the Christmas lighting in Malaga, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Remember there is the so called 3 kings parade the afternoon of January the 5th.

4. Eating roasted chestnuts when visiting Malaga in December

In winter you will find in the square and streets of the city centre posts with roasted chestnuts (very typical here) and potatoes.

roasted chestnuts in Malaga

Another great thing to do is a stroll through the market square Mercado de Atarazanas. Do not forget to buy some marinated olives and Mangoes from Malaga (they are ripe in winter!).

5. Winter shopping in December, you love it and you know it

An additional leisure time option (for bad weather for example) is the Plaza Mayor Commercial and Leisure centre, check a post about shopping Malls in Malaga. It is close to the airport, with bowling, restaurants and bars, cinema, gym with heated pool, nightclubs and children´s corner. The centre is easily accessible with the suburban train.

Christmas Markets in Malaga in December
In winter there are many street markets where shopping

When visiting Malaga in December you can also find some Christmas markets in Malaga and other municipalities.

6. Theme parks when visiting Malaga in December

There are several theme parks and attractions in Malaga, below are some of them:

  • Crocodile Park in Torremolinos
  • Tivoli World, Sea Life and Selwo Marina in Benalmadena
  • Zoo in Fuengirola
  • Selwo Adventure Park in Estepona.
  • Lobo Park, one hour driving from Malaga in Antequera, with authentic wolves in semi wild reserve.

Are you planning your holiday to Malaga in winter season or already did and want to share your experience? Let everyone know how was your visit to Malaga in December and November.

Ice Skating in downtown Malaga

Children and adults can enjoy a fun time on the ice, with a new ice rink installed in Andalusia Avenue, next to the mall El Corte Ingles in Malaga city, offering a new form of entertainment during the Christmas holidays.

The ice rink is 35 meters long by 15 wide and is open during Christmas until January 7. The opening hours are 10 am to 10 pm. It is mandatory to wear gloves.

Ice skating in Malaga

Ice skating rink in Benalmadena

Who wants to enjoy a larger ice rink and not only during the Christmas holiday can go to the permanent natural ice rink in Benalmadena.

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This 900 square meters ice rink is located in a sports facility, which also has a swimming pool, fitness room and gymnasium, medical center, shops and parking spaces.

To use the ice rink is required to wear gloves, socks and long pants. The skates can be rented for about *4 Euros.

*Price is orientative.

Ice skating rink in Marbella

There was in 2015 an ice skating rink in Marbella from December 19th to January 10th, we however do not have official information about a new one this year.

Price is 9€ for 45 minutes (5€ for children)
Opening time is from 11am to 11pm.

Address:
Palacio de Congresos de Marbella
Calle José Meliá, 229602
+34 952 82 82 44

Christmas markets in Malaga

Christmas is arriving and – how could it be otherwise – Christmas markets in Malaga are emerging, ideal to go for a stroll enjoying the great atmosphere with the stalls,which each year are more elaborate, and the Christmas lighting in Malaga is something you should not miss.

Please consider that dates will change from year to year, but we can expect them to start the  same week day or a near one.

christmas-markets

Christmas lighting in Malaga is switched on the last friday of November at Calle Larios and switched off the 6th in January.

Among the main Christmas markets in the province we highlight:

Christmas Market of Benalmadena in Arroyo de la Miel

Address: Pueblo Plaza de Sol, next to the train station, Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel
Hours: 11am to 9 pm
Dates: December 18 to January 6

Christmas Market in Estepona

In this market you will find wooden houses in the purest style of Nordic markets and also an ice rink and a playground.
When: December 5th to January 6

Christmas Market in Malaga – Garage Market

In the Soho in Malaga is situated the Christmas market with arts, crafts and antiques among many other items.

The name Market Garage is due to its location in a former garage in true London style, suitable therefore to visit although it’s raining or cold.

Those interested in participating and bringing their items for sale can contact by phone 951 256 076

When: Weekends from 11 am to 8 pm
Venue: Calle Casas de Campos, 33, 29001 Malaga

Christmas Market in Puerto Banus – Marbella

Located at Plaza Antonio Banderas, Corte Ingles shopping area, this market has wooden stalls, an ice rink, playground and various activities.

When: December 19th to January 6th
There is no confirmation whether it takes place this year, so if you have information on this you can let us know in the comments.

Christmas Market in Ronda

This city is an ideal destination for tourists, of great beauty and being a representation of Andalusia, it is highly recommended for anyone visiting the south of the peninsula. If you visit during the next days you can also find a Christmas Market where you can buy handmade gifts and there are wooden stalls, playground and camel rides and other activities.
Location: Next to Plaza de Toros in Ronda
Contact: 608 499789

Christmas Market in Torrox

The largest Christmas market in the Costa del Sol will take place in Torrox from 4 to 8 December and where you can find crafts and gastronomic delicacies.
80 stalls offering Christmas decorations and crafts from Friday December 4 at 12 until 7 pm on December 8.

Craft Fair in the Park of Malaga

During Christmas, this historic fair takes place in the heart of Malaga, highly recommended for a nice evening stroll.

https://www.facebook.com/Feria-de-artesania-de-Navidad-del-parque-de-Malaga-578536455558816/

More Christmas Markets in Malaga

Do you know more? Our comments are open to suggestions.

Roasted chestsnuts in Malaga

A few days ago began autumn and now are appearing the chestnuts stalls in the streets of Malaga. Roasted chestnuts in Malaga are special for being a product “Made in Malaga” (from the Serrania de Ronda).

roasted chestnuts in Malaga

The first rains and the smell of roasted chestnuts in Malaga announce the beginning of autumn in the Costa del Sol. In many corners appear from November to January handmade wooden posts where expert hands are roasting chestnuts. It is a delicious dish to eat while strolling down the street or sitting in any square and watch people passing by.

The only secret of roasted chestnuts is the quality of the fruit. We only need to make a cut so it does not explode in the heat, place them in a pan and put them over coals of charcoal. Roasted chestnuts don´t have no more ingredients than themselves … and they are delicious.

There are emblematic and traditional stalls in the Plaza de la Merced and the Alameda Principal, but you can find them all over the city.

In the province of Malaga we can find chestnut trees in the Sierra de las Nieves and Genal Valley, which mature their fruit at this time of the year. In the first weekend of November is usually held the Fiesta del Toston, where are roasted chestnuts in large pans.

What to do during the winter in Malaga – 2015

beach christmas 2015The airline Jet2.com expects an increase of up to 25% of British tourists, a significant growth considering that in 2014 it was 9%.

On the Costa del Sol you can enjoy many more activities than sun and beach; Malaga is a destination that can be visited throughout the year, a province with mild temperatures thanks to the protection offered by the mountains which helps to create a unique micro-climate in Andalusia.

Among the activities available during the winter season we highlight such as:
– Visit the white villages and enjoy the delicious cuisine.
– Bear in mind that Malaga is the birthplace of Picasso, so you can visit his birthplace or the stunning Picasso Museum.
– Visit any of the theme parks and attractions

Selwo
You can find deals online including Selwo Aventura, Selwo Marina, cable car and one night accommodation with breakfast.

Tivoli World
Amusement Park in Benalmadena located in Arroyo de la Miel.

Bioparc
Recreations in Fuengirola of different environments such as Madagascar, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific which help the visitor to immerse into the zoo where animals grow in semi-freedom.

Butterfly Park
Theme Park located in Benalmadena in a building in the style of Thai temple where you can enjoy a wide variety of butterflies, including the world’s largest, in an exceptionally beautiful botanical variety.

Stupa of Enlightenment
Every Tuesday and Friday you can participate in a guided meditation and Sundays from 6 pm are performed lectures on Tibetan Buddhism. It is the largest Stupa in the West and thus worth visiting.

Sealife
In Benalmadena you can discover the underwater world without getting wet.

Crocodile Park
If you love reptiles you can visit this theme park in Torremolinos where you can closely observe large crocodiles.

If you’re going to spend your Christmas holidays in Malaga and are traveling with children they certainly will enjoy the various theme parks available on the Costa del Sol.

http://www.malagaweb.com/blog/costa-del-sol/activities-62/

Christmas markets in Malaga and Costa del Sol municipalities in 2013

christmas-malaga-2013During the last weekend of November the Christmas lights switch-on takes place in most towns along the Costa del Sol and thus begin the typical activities of these pre-Christmas dates among which you can also find several Christmas markets.

In Malaga city you can enjoy the Christmas market in the central Paseo del Parque, with stalls of Christmas items, artisans and booksellers.

In Torremolinos you can visit the impressive exhibition of the Bethlehem Nativity Scene (something very typical in Andalucia) in the Town Hall or the Christmas tree in the Plaza Costa del Sol.

In Benalmadena, Arroyo de la Miel there will be an International Christmas market in the Plaza de la Mezquita, with stalls of different countries with typical Christmas products, entertainment and surprises. This market takes place on 7th of December from 11am to 8 pm.

In Fuengirola you can visit the Christmas market in the Plaza de la Constitucion that takes place inside a large tent, from December 3 to 16.

And finally, in Marbella there is a market of cribs in the historic centre. In this market, which is held during the weekends until December 22 at the Plaza of the Church Encarnacion, can be found nativity figures, Christmas sweets and Poinsettia. There is also a parallel program with activities for children, Christmas carols and parades.

These are the markets of which until now we have the dates, however there are generally markets each year in the following municipalities:

Mijas Las Lagunas at Parque de Andalucia and Mijas Pueblo at Plaza Virgen de la Peña, Marbella in the marina and Manilva at Plaza Vicente Espinel, Sabinillas.

You can find updates for the Christmas markets in Malaga on this page (in Spanish)
http://www.mercadillosemanal.com/mercados-de-navidad.en.malaga

Fun for children during Christmas in Marbella, Fuengirola and Benalmadena

christmas costa del sol 2012We are in the final stretch, Christmas is just around the corner and along the Costa del Sol municipalities we can enjoy Christmas lights and nativity scenes. Some municipalities also organize activities and fun days for children. The other day we published a blog on MIMA in Malaga and today we inform of activities for children during the Christmas season in Marbella, Fuengirola and Benalmadena.

In Marbella you can come to the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions, where will be installed a large playground (PIM), from December 21 to January 5 with many activities such as bouncy castle, climbing wall, zip-line, multi-adventure circuit to name a few, plus workshops, playroom or children’s entertainment.

Entry: Children € 6.50 half day, full day € 8; adults free admission. All activities are included in the price.

In the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Marbella also takes place another event on December 22 with the name of Christmas World in Halloween Town, set in the animated world of Tim Burton. For the entry of 1 € there will be a Japanese calligraphy workshop, drawing workshop, games, contests, karaoke and more, plus there is a bar with affordable prices and a tasting of hot chocolate with marshmallows. Opening hours are from 11 am to 9 pm.

How to get to the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Marbella:

Calle Jose Melia 2, Marbella
Coordinates GPS
Latitude: 36.508779 Longitude:-4.902038

In Fuengirola, from December 21 until January 4 there will be put up a tent of the Three Wise Men at the Plaza de la Constitucion. There children of 3 to 9 years can deliver their letters and will be given a free annual pass to Bioparc Fuengirola.

In Benalmadena you can bring the kids to the Parque de la Paloma, where on December 23 takes place from 11 am to 2 pm a big family party, with entertainment for children, bouncy castles, music and soup tasting among others. The Paloma Park is the green heart of Arroyo de la Miel, one of the most iconic natural areas of the Costa del Sol, with gardens, an artificial lake and animals in semi-freedom.

How to get to Parque de la Paloma: Avenida Federico García Lorca, 29631 Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena.

Fun for kids at Christmas in MIMA Malaga from December 26 to January 4

mima malaga 2012Have you ever been to the MIMA Malaga? If you have children between 2 and 12 years, read on; maybe you are interested in this proposal of children’s entertainment that takes place in the Christmas season.

Specifically, this year already takes place the ninth edition of the Children´s Fair, from December 26 to January 4, which takes place every year on the premises of the Palace of Congresses of Malaga. In an area of ​​over 8,000 m2 is created an amusement park for children, with more than 50 activities, where they can have fun in a safe environment.

Among the many activities there are for instance an ice rink (bring gloves!), Climbing wall, zip-line, trampolines, football, basketball, educational workshops, spheres pool, pirate ship, balloon twisting, face painting, crafts, storytelling, the latest in video games and consoles, karting circuit for all ages installed outside the building, a road safety circuit and much more. They also considered adults, with an area for parents with flight simulator, billiards, table football or Diana.

Doesn´t that sound interesting? Come on, who does not have fun there, is because they don´t want to! There are of course several exhibitors to regain strength, with refreshments, snacks and sweets. All activities inside the pavilion are free except the climbing wall with zip-line and sphere pool for 2 €, and the ice rink whose entrance is 4 €.

Opening Hours from December 26 to January 4 are from 11 am to 9 pm. Closed December 31 and January 1.

Tickets: Children from 2 to 12 years 6 €, adults 5 €, pensioners € 3.

How to get to the Exhibition and Congress Centre of Malaga:

By car: The Exhibition and Congress Centre of Malaga is located in Avenida Jose Ortega y Gasset No. 201, only a few kilometres from the city centre and the airport and well connected by the A-7 motorway.

With public transport: Bus lines 3, 22 and 24.
For more information visit the Congress centre webpage www.fycma.com