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Málaga Christmas Light Show (24th November 2023 to 6th January 2024)

Discover the enchanting beauty of Málaga's Christmas lights as the Spanish city transforms into a winter wonderland. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, as dazzling displays and captivating designs illuminate the streets. Experience the magic of the holiday season, filled with joy, togetherness, and a symphony of twinkling lights. Join locals and tourists in savouring traditional treats, creating lasting memories in a city that embraces the spirit of Christmas with open arms.

By Nick Nutter | Updated 20 Jul 2023 | Málaga | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites Favourites Icon or Read Later

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Malaga Christmas Lights

When are Málaga Christmas Lights Switched On?

The festive switch-on will take place on Friday 24th November 2023.

Mesmerizing Málaga Christmas Lights: A Festive Delight!

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. It 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. 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.

But 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.

Christmas Trees

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.

Nativity Scenes in Málaga

It is not just the kids that enjoy the Christmas Nativity scenes or Belen. There are over 60 in Málaga city, the tourist office have a map of all the locations.

Some of the most elaborate and favourite Belen are at:

  • the Cathedral – open daily 10.00am-2.00pm & 5.00pm-8.30pm
  • Cofradía de Estudiantes – open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-2.00pm & 5.30-8.00pm (on Calle Alcazabilla)
  • Carmen Thyssen Museum – during museum opening hours (10.00am to 7.00pm), closed Mondays
  • Diputación – one of the largest and open daily 10.00am to 9.00pm (on Calle Pacífico, western seafront)
  • Archivo Municipal – larger figures set in scenery based on the Alcazaba. Open Mon-Fri 10.00am-1.00pm & 5.00pm-8.00pm, weekends 10.00am-1.00pm (Alameda Principal 23).

Málaga Christmas Markets

And lets 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. Muelle Uno Christmas market is on the square in front of the Pompidou Centre from 10.00am until 6.00pm until the 10th January.

Christmas Light and Sound Show in Málaga

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 the music will be the familiar favourite carol 'Jingle Bells'.

Drone Light Shows

The drone and light shows that were introduced in 2022 were hugely popular. These will be visible from different parts of the city, including the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, Plaza de la Marina, Muelle Uno and Gibralfaro. Dates and times for the drone and light shows have yet to be confirmed for 2023.

Video Mapping

From the 27th November until the 4th January, except the 24th and 31st December, the tower of Málaga Cathedral will be illuminated by lasers. This is a truly spectacular display. The focus this year will be Christmas themes specific to Málaga. The laser video-mapping show will take place at 6.30pm, 8.00pm and 10.00pm.

Málaga Navidad 2023

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.

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.

Málaga's Christmas Lights Tradition

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 mesmerizing 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.

More on Málaga

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.

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Where to Stay in Málaga

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:

  • Apartamentos Prestige Málaga Suites - Modern apartments that are close to the train and bus stations. Great value for money!
  • ICON Malabar - Beautiful modern 4-star hotel in the center of town that’s also pet-friendly. Ideal for couples.
  • Sol Guadalmar - Beachfront hotel with seaview rooms.
  • M&D Centro Málaga - Well-decorated and comfortable one-bedroom apartment that sleeps 4. Great for families and groups.

Or check the latest deals in Malaga below.

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