A Marbella Christmas
A Marbella Christmas may be enjoyed in mild temperatures and frequently accompanied by the beautiful golden sunlight typical of this region in winter, but there’s no reason why the lack of snow should diminish your sense of seasonal spirit.
To begin with, those who love to be surrounded by a snowy landscape this time of year need simply head up to the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, about two hours north-east of Marbella. Here, close to the beautiful historical city of Granada, you’ll find first-class winter sports facilities, cosy lodge hotels and lots of opportunity for après-ski as well.
A journey into the gorgeous countryside, with its charming villages and pretty towns, will also offer a more traditional ambience, but above all provide you with an opportunity to get to know Marbella’s hinterland and absorb a very authentic Andalusian Christmas atmosphere full of rustic delicacies and experiences.
The same is true of Marbella itself, where the modern shopping facilities of the El Corte Inglés department store and the La Cañada shopping mall are added to by the charming shops and setting of Marbella’s old town, as well as a long list of wonderfully diverse Christmas markets in such locations as La Virginia and Puerto Banús, where the Mercadillo el Puerto runs from 6th December to 5th January daily, from 12:00hrs to 18:00hrs.
The many different nationalities that make up Marbella’s cosmopolitan population also organise traditional events and fundraisers, where different foods, mulled wines, sweets and also variations on the central Christmas theme can be experienced. The Dutch will share their Sinterklaas festivity on the 5th, the Germans, Swiss, British and of course the Spanish their experience of the 24th, 25th and 26th of December, and in the new year the Spanish celebration of Reyes extends the festive season into 2019.
In the run-up to this, the streets will be filled with wonderful lights and decorations, as well as the smell of roasted chestnuts, restaurants will become alive with work and family groups, shops will be buzzing and the often life-size Belen nativity scenes will be a pleasure to explore. Churches will open for special Christmas services, and if you really want to discover the scenic beauty of this time of year, why not head over to Málaga to gaze upon some of the most beautiful festive lighting displays anywhere in Europe. Once there, you’ll also love the shopping streets, cafés, tapas bars, restaurants and an atmosphere that will get you right in the mood for Christmas in Marbella.