Celebrating Christmas in Marbella

Christmas in Marbella is a magical time. It may not be the type of Christmas scene you will find in more northerly countries that will have snow and scenes that many Europeans typically associate with the festive season, but it does have many of the same touches, including fantastic Christmas lights.

Christmas lights in calle Larios, Malaga city


Christmas lights in Málaga
The city’s Christmas lights in the main shopping street, Calle Larios, are a major attraction for residents and visitors, and for 2019 we have been promised a completely new design. This year the lights will be switched on 29th November at 19.00hrs and they are on between 18.30hrs and 02.00hrs every day over the Christmas period. There is also a ‘son et lumiere’ show to experience on Calle Larios at 18.30hrs, 20.00hrs and 21.30hrs.

Christmas shopping
There are plenty of places to shop in and around Marbella, plus the resort town also holds several Christmas fairs throughout December where you can buy beautiful handmade gifts and gourmet products. The most popular fair in Marbella is that of La Virginia, which is a residential community just off Marbella’s Golden Mile.  The Kempinski Hotel Bahia hosts a German-style Christmas fair with traditional carols and an assortment of stalls. This year the Kempinski fair starts on the weekend of 30th November with the lighting of its spectacular Christmas tree. Local and international schools plus restaurants also host fairs to fundraise for local Marbella charities.

Ice skating and skiing
It might be sunny over the Christmas holidays in Marbella, but you can ice skate in Puerto Banús during the festive period when an ice rink is set up in its central square. Alternatively, if you want to see some real snow, you can head to the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada, which is just over a two-hour drive from Marbella, and get into the Christmas spirit with log fires and hot chocolate.

Nativity scenes
Nativity scenes play a very important role in a Spanish Christmas, with wonderful nativity scenes located across the Costa del Sol in places where the public can view them. In Málaga there is one outside the cathedral and the town hall, and you will also find them in the Marbella area. Head to the Parque Alameda in the centre of town and you’ll find a nativity scene plus stalls selling warm refreshments such as roasted chestnuts and hot waffles.

One of the advantages of Christmas in Marbella is that the weather is also perfect for a round of golf, or even a beachside lunch at one of the many chiringuitos (beach bars). You may even catch some people sunbathing on the beach over the festive period.

If you want to experience a relaxed Christmas, with a diverse array of leisurely activities, then Marbella is the place to be.

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