Discover the enchanting beauty of Málaga's Christmas Lights as the Spanish city transforms into a illuminated wonderland with dazzling displays and twinkling lights. Get all the details, schedules, and times to enjoy the spectacle!
By Liza S. | Updated 14 Dec 2023 | Málaga | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read LaterThis article has been visited 39,635 times
Malaga Christmas Lights
The festive switch-on will take place on Friday, 24th November 2023 at Plaza De La Constitucion.
This year, 500 streets, plazas, and roundabouts in Malaga city as well as its iconic monuments will be illuminated by about 2.2 million LED lights. The lights will be switched on every day at 6.30pm. They will be switched off at midnight from Monday to Thursday, as an energy-saving measure, and will remain switched on until 2.00am from Friday to Sunday.
On 24th and 31st December 2023, the lights will remain on until 6.00am
You can enjoy the Malaga Christmas Lights 2023 until 6th January 2024.
Step into a world of enchantment and joy as the dazzling Málaga Christmas lights transform this beautiful Spanish city into a winter wonderland. The holiday season is truly a magical time in Málaga, where locals and visitors alike gather to witness the mesmerizing display of lights that illuminate the streets, casting a warm glow and filling the air with an undeniable sense of festive cheer.
As December unfolds, Málaga comes alive with an array of stunning light installations, captivating everyone who sets foot in the city. The streets are adorned with an array of vibrant colours, creating a delightful symphony of twinkling lights, sparkling decorations, and breathtaking designs that capture the essence of the holiday spirit.
The centerpiece of this extraordinary spectacle can be found at Calle Larios, the main street of Málaga. The lights and decorations along this central pedestrianised street will keep last year’s theme of “heavenly angels”.
As you stroll down this magnificent street, you'll be surrounded by an atmosphere of joy, wonder, and togetherness, as families, friends, and strangers come together to immerse themselves in the magic of the season.
Be sure to also check out the cross streets of Calle Larios and the streets of Molina Lario which will be lighted up with three-dimensional chandeliers.
Calle Larios also serves as the canvas for a truly extraordinary light show that leaves onlookers in awe. The lights dance to the rhythm of joyful music, creating a harmonious experience that's bound to fill your heart with happiness.
The spectacular light and sound show in Calle Larios will take place three times a day, at 6.30pm, 8.00pm and 10.00pm (except on the 24th and 31st December).
And what’s a Christmas light show without music? You’ll bop along to festive classics and instrumental music. On the playlist this year are We wish you a Merry Christmas, Carol of the Bells by Pentatonix, Navidad Épica and Hacía Belén van una Burra, and (of course) Jingle Bells by the Johann Strauss Orchestra.
For the first time, you’ll also get a taste of traditional Malagan music on 27th and 28th December, 27 and 28, when verdiales (a typical flamenco style of music from the province of Malaga) will be played.
From 1st December 2023 to 4th January 2024 (except 24th and 31st December), the tower of Málaga Cathedral will be illuminated by lasers in a video mapping display titled ‘Angel of Light’. This is a truly spectacular display so don’t miss it!
The laser video-mapping show will take place at 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 10.00pm. The show lasts 8 minutes.
*Editor's note: We had previously noted the second show as 8.30pm when it is actually at 8.00pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The drone and light shows that were introduced in 2022 were hugely popular and they were visible from different parts of the city, including the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, Plaza de la Marina, Muelle Uno and Gibralfaro. However, there has been no news on whether these shows will take place in this year’s celebrations.
It's not just Calle Larios that captivates the senses. Throughout the city, you'll discover a treasure trove of illuminated displays that showcase the creativity and artistic talent of the local community. Historic buildings, plazas, and parks are transformed into dazzling spectacles, with intricate light installations that tell stories of tradition, love, and the joy of giving.
A new highlight in 2023 is the decorations and lights along Alameda Principal which will be transformed into a “luminous forest” with an interlaced system of lights that will decorate the ficus trees.
Other key decoration points in the city centre are luminous figures of the Three Wise Men in the Alcazaba tunnel, trees with trumpets in Calle Echegaray, Christmas balls in Plaza del Carbón and a decorative tree in Plaza Jerónimo Cuervo, next to the Cervantes Theatre.
Calle San Juan is also worth checking out as it’ll be decorated into 3 different lighted areas. Stroll along the “luminous tinsel” area with paths of golden tinsel, marvel at the “luminous tears” of giant vertical micro-LEDs in the form of batons, and walk through a“magic cave“ of lights made of hanging micro-LED garlands.
As you wander through the streets, take a moment to savor the delicious aromas of traditional Spanish treats that waft through the air. Street vendors offer mouthwatering churros and hot chocolate, providing the perfect companion to your evening of exploration and wonder. The combination of delightful flavors, stunning visuals, and the laughter of children creates an ambiance that's truly unforgettable.
In addition to the lights, there are traditionally five Christmas trees to look out for: on Plaza de la Marina, Plaza de la Constitución (here you can go “inside” the tree), Plaza del Obispo (this tree looks magical at night next to the illuminated Cathedral façade), Plaza de Enrique García Herrera (on the square to the west of Calle San Juan) and in Huelin Park, lighting up the lake.
It is not just the kids that enjoy the Christmas Nativity scenes or Belen. There are over 60 in Málaga city and the tourist office has a map of all the locations.
Some of the most elaborate and favourite Belen are at:
And let's not forget the Christmas markets in Málaga!
Paseo de Parque has lots of stalls, open from 12.00 noon until 8.00pm right through the Christmas period.
Muelle Uno Arts and Crafts Market, on the port side, is well worth a visit for that unusual present. It is open every Sunday in December 11.00am to 6.00pm.
uelle Uno Christmas market is on the square in front of the Pompidou Centre from 10.00am until 6.00pm until 10th January.
In 2023, Malaga’s La Concepcion will host a Christmas show as part of the city’s festivities. Titled ‘Angélical: The Kingdom of the Christmas Angels’, the show will run from 1st December 2023 to 7th January 2024.
With lights, sounds, sculptures, and decorations, Malaga’s Botanic Gardens will be transformed into eight kingdoms, bringing Christmas to life, in a show designed to enthrall all ages.
Entrance to the show begins at 6.00pm each day at 30-minute intervals. This is a paid event and you can get more information and get tickets on the official website.
Málaga's Christmas lights have become a beloved tradition, drawing visitors from far and wide who yearn to experience the magic firsthand. It's an opportunity to create lasting memories with loved ones and indulge in the joyous spirit of the season. Whether you're gazing at the mesmerising light displays, participating in festive activities, or simply soaking in the atmosphere, the Málaga Christmas lights will transport you to a world where dreams come true and the joy of the holidays is celebrated with open arms.
The Málaga Christmas lights are more than just a visual spectacle; they represent a time of celebration and unity. Families and friends gather to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, filling the air with laughter and joy. It's a time when locals and tourists alike can forget about the worries of the world and immerse themselves in the magic of the holiday season.So mark your calendars, plan your trip, and get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Málaga's Christmas lights. Prepare to be spellbound, as the city embraces the holiday season with open hearts and a radiant display of lights that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Málaga is waiting to welcome you into its warm embrace, inviting you to experience the true magic of Christmas!
If you're looking for a guided experience of the Malaga Christmas Light Show or want to visit the city on a day trip to enjoy the spectacular lights and festive atmosphere, here are some options for you.
While you're in Málaga to experience Christmas, don't forget to check out the city's main attractions. Read our guide to Malaga here.
Here are our articles on some of Malaga's best attractions:
You may also be interested in our full article on the best things to do in Malaga.
Or check out some of our favourite activities in Malaga below!
December in Malaga is a busy period as many travellers descend to the city to enjoy the mild winter and experience the city’s festive period. So don’t be surprised if hotel prices are higher than you expect. That said, you can still find some good deals.
If you’re planning to visit during this time, it’s highly recommended to book your accommodations in advance!
Here are some hotels to consider:
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