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What to see in Malaga at Christmas

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In recent years, it has become a tourist attraction to visit Malaga at Christmas, despite being the birthplace of the beach and the sun, boasting an average of almost 300 days of sunshine a year, the city of Malaga has been chosen by many tourists as one of the most popular destinations in the world. European Best Destinations on Europe's most beautiful cities at Christmas during their Christmas festivities and it is becoming more and more fashionable to visit the sound and light show that they offer in the famous Calle Larios during the most magical time of the year in Malaga.

At Visitanddo.com we provide you with the following guide so that you don't miss out on any detail about what to visit and what to do in Malaga at Christmasenjoying warm weather in the month of December.

Christmas Light Show 2023 in Malaga: when and where to watch it

This is how the 2023 Christmas lights on Calle Larios went - 16 heavenly angels

One of the most popular things to do in Malaga over the last few years is see the Christmas lights in Malaga.

In 2022 the lighting was composed of 16 celestial angels in single file along Larios Streetaccompanied by 32 lateral columns on each side. For 2023 it has been announced that the lighting of Calle Larios will not be modified, however there will be new lights in different parts of the city and some of the districts of Malaga.

The centre of Malaga is decorated with beautiful Christmas lights in most of its streets, without a doubt, the most striking and famous are the ones in the commercial street of the old town: Calle Larios, decorated with thousands of LED lights, which dance to the beat of Christmas music, being one of the most famous Christmas lights in the city. most beautiful Christmas lights in Andalusia.

In recent years, San Juan StreetThe five-ball area, next to the five-ball area, also stands out for its elegant Christmas decorations with chandeliers.

When will the Christmas Lights 2023 be switched on in Malaga?

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Christmas lights Malaga in Larios Street

The inauguration of the Christmas lights in Malaga 2023 in Calle Larios was the friday 24 november.

After the situation of energy saving and light pollution by the Andalusian Regional GovernmentIn 2022, it had been considered that the Christmas lighting period could be extended to include the dates mentioned above. between 22 December 2022 and 6 January 2023The lighting will be switched off at night in order to optimise energy consumption. Finally, the lighting will be switched on for two hours less per day and the lighting used will be of led technologyThe power consumption is therefore lower.

Christmas lights 2022 will be on from Monday to Friday from 18.30h to 00:00h, while on weekends and the eve of public holidays they will be on until 02:00h. On 24 and 31 December, the lights will be on until 06:00h.

What time does the Christmas Lights 2023 show start in Malaga?

On a daily basis light and sound shows between 18:30h and 00.00h, until 02:00h on weekends and the eve of public holidays.

It will be held in the following sessions: 18:30h, 20:00h and 22:00h.

How long does the Christmas Lights 2023 show in Malaga last?

The Malaga light show lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on the songs played, on average between 2 - 3 minutes.

During the light show you will be able to listen to Christmas classics of 'Carol of the Bells' by Libera Children Choor and 'Jingle Bells' by Herd de Lord, among others.

Don't miss the opportunity! We take you to visit the Christmas lights in Malaga from:

  • Border between Gibraltar and La Línea de la Concepción
  • Estepona
  • Marbella
  • Calahonda
  • La Cala de Mijas
  • Fuengirola
  • Benalmádena

Video mapping show in Málaga Cathedral

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Video mapping projection in the Cathedral of Malaga Christmas

Through Christmas infographics a 'video mapping', i.e. a technique that combines 3D image projections with reality, was projected onto the south tower, or Mocha tower of Malaga Cathedral. This was inaugurated at Christmas 2021 in Malaga as a new show in the city.

The screenings will take place at 18:45h, 20:00h and 22:00h.every day until 4 January, with the exception of 24 and 31 December, with a duration of 10 minutes approximately.

Drone show Christmas in Malaga 2022

In 2022, from 3 December at 20:30h there will be a representation of Christmas images with 120 drones that can be seen in the areas of Muelle Uno, Gibralfaro and Plaza de la Marina, projected from the cruise terminal.

They were held on 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 23 December at 20:00h, and on 9 December at 20:30h.

For the time being, there is no news that this show will be available in 2023.

Christmas lights in the Botanical Garden

Following the English style of the "Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London" or in Germany the Christmas Garden of the Berlin Botanical Garden. Malaga did not want to be less and for Christmas 2021 transformed the sunset of one of the most beautiful tropical gardens in Spain, the Botanical-Historical Garden of La Concepción, into a circular route of almost 2 kilometres full of Christmas decorations, as they have named "with the sunset comes a magical journey".


During 2023, the botanical garden of La Concepción will once again host a Christmas show under the title: "Angelic: The Kingdom of Christmas Angels".. It will run from 1 December to 7 January. Tickets are priced at €15.50 for adults and €11.50 for children.

Christmas Market 2023 in Malaga

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Muelle Uno Christmas Market

Take advantage of this time to make your Christmas shopping in Malaga. There are many beautiful Christmas markets in the province of Malaga. The Paseo del Parque Christmas market is one of the most famous in the city of Malaga at Christmas.

Next to the port of Malaga you will find The Snow Village at Pier OneThe children will be able to enjoy the activities on offer in a space with several igloos and Father Christmas' sleigh, where the little ones will enjoy the activities on offer.

You will find different Christmas markets in the province of Malaga as:

  • Garage Market in Soho
  • Christmas market on the west coast: Estepona, Marbella Fuengirola, Benalmádena or Torremolinos.
  • In inland villages, enjoying various activities for young and old, together with carols in Ronda, Álora or Antequera.
  • Christmas markets in the Axarquia: Torrox, Velez-Malaga, Nerja.
  • Outlet shopping in a Christmas atmosphere in McArthur Glen

What to buy at the Christmas markets in Malaga?

It is ideal for finding christmas gifts. A great opportunity to enjoy the variety of products from Christmas figurines, handicrafts, Christmas decorations, Malaga gastronomy and Christmas sweets such as the famous turrones, polvorones, mantecados or marzipan.

Where to find the 2023 Christmas trees in Malaga

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Christmas tree in Plaza de la Constitución

The Christmas trees in Malaga are located in 4 important areas of the historic centre:

  • The main one in the Plaza de la Constitución
  • Next to the bishop's square in front of the nativity scene located in Malaga Cathedral
  • In Alcazabilla street at the foot of the Roman Theatre.
  • The most symbolic one in the middle of the Plaza de la Marina.

Route of the Nativity Scenes in Malaga

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Christmas Nativity Scene in the main Alameda

One of the biggest traditions during Christmas is setting up the nativity scene and a typical way to kick off the Christmas season is to visit "Route of the Nativity Scenes together with friends and family. There are approximately 70 nativity scenes scattered throughout all the districts and the city of Malaga, as well as throughout the province and you may wonder Where to see nativity scenes in Malaga?

Some of the Most famous nativity scenes in Malaga not to be missed are:

  • Municipal Nativity Scene of Malaga Town Hall
  • Nativity Scene in Malaga Cathedral
  • Monumental Nativity Scene in the Diputación de Málaga
  • Christmas Nativity Scenes in different Brotherhoods in Malaga
  • Belén de la Mosca
  • Mollina Nativity Scene Museum
  • Living Nativity Scene of Almayate
  • Nativity scene of the church of San Cristobal de Ronda
  • Antequera Municipal Nativity Scene

Other activities to enjoy Malaga Christmas

There are also more activities to do in Malaga during Christmas, here are some alternative plans:

Delivering the letter to the Royal Postman for the Three Wise Men

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The Three Wise Men made by Achicarte

Royal postmen are placed in different parts of the city so that the youngest members of the family can send their letters to the Three Wise Men from the East, who on the night of 5th January will pass by all the houses to leave their requests and open the presents on 6th January.

In addition, for the last few years their majesties have been located in different parts of the historic centre of the capital of Malaga. Do you dare to find them?

Christmas San Silvestre in Malaga

As a solidarity action on the 30th of December, the classic San Silvestre race organised by the Real Club Mediterráneo will take place. A popular 10km race through the city centre starting from the Paseo de la Farola. You can register here.

Christmas at the Cervantes and Echegaray Theatre in Malaga

During the Christmas season there are different plays for all audiences, both in the Teatro Cervantes and in the Teatro Echegaray, you can see all the programme here.

Activities for children at Christmas in Malaga

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A child enjoying the Christmas lights in Malaga.

In addition to the aforementioned activities offered in the city centre of Malaga, the little ones have different spaces to enjoy such as:

Skating rink at Christmas in Malaga

You can enjoy this activity both in the skating rink of the Corte Inglés in Malaga and in the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos, in the most emblematic event of Christmas in Malaga and a meeting point for children between 4 and 12 years old where there will be no shortage of fun: MIMA

Excursions from Malaga

If you are more of a traveller, don't miss the opportunity to discover new places with different activities and excursions from Malaga:

There are many activities to enjoy Malaga at Christmas and visit the city at a warm temperature without losing the charm of this special time of the year.

You may also be interested in: What to see in Malaga: 10 must-see places to visit.

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