Malaga’s favourite son shines during the festival of lights.
Christmas arrived in Malaga with the annual festival of lights, which left spectators open-mouthed, with the sheer awe of the famous ceremony. Of course, famous Hollywood actor and local celebrity Antonio Banderas did the honours, much to the delight of the cheering crowd.
With a completely new display on offer, (Liverpool has the benefit of the earlier seasons’ lights), from the initial switching on of the lights to take place on 19th November 2019 at 7 pm, regular sessions of lights and music are on offer throughout the holiday season in Malaga with its Christmas Forest. Each day at 18.30, 20.00 and 21.30 there are Light and Sound shows with the magnificent display of lights “dancing” in time to the music. Expect classic Navidad tunes as well as Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas!
So much to see and do!
With so much to see and do, visitors strolled the streets of Calle Larios and visited La Alcazaba and the Alameda Principal to witness the entertainment alongside the switching on of the breath-taking 1.7 million LED light show and more than 50 “Belenes” to view on a tour of the cathedrals and city hall. The Belenes are the nativity displays that the Spanish love and do so well at Christmas. They celebrate the birth of Jesus, in keeping with the traditional theme of the holiday and reminds us why we celebrate this time of year.
Great Entertainment for families
Entertainment includes a travelling circus, with characters and clowns filling the streets, providing colourful displays of juggling, music, puppetry, and acrobatics and balancing performances.
A total joy to the families and groups who soaked up the amazing demonstrations and Christmas atmosphere.
Stroll down to Pier One to experience a true Andalusian Christmas market, with tasty food, gifts and fashion on offer, a perfect opportunity to pick up some last-minute, unique gifts.
Locals and visitors to this wonderful city gathered in the large Plaza de la Constitucion to ensure they grabbed some Instagrammable snaps of the light show, bustling to find that perfect spot to capture forever the moment the lights switched on along the impressive Larios Street location. To entertain the waiting crowd on the lead-up to the celebrated event are numerous groups of choirs singing traditional Spanish carols and modern-day Christmas pop songs, children from local schools providing soothing harmonies and of course Flamenco music and dancing to add the required heat to warm the blood of the onlookers!
What better way to celebrate a diverse and interesting city that has so much to offer including amazing transport links, history, shopping and food. Do not miss a Christmas in style in Malaga, where the Christmas sights, tastes and colours of Andalusia are unbeatable.
All along the Costa del Sol and inland areas are celebrating Christmas in style with various events. Estepona has its annual Cheese Festival, known as the “Popi” where amazing local cheesemakers showcase their wares and the chance to sample and purchase other local delicacies such as locally produced olive oil and wines, dried fruits, cured hams and pates.