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Málaga Christmas Light Show 26th November 2022 - 5th January 2023

Almost every village, town and city in Andalucia decorates its streets with lights at Christmas but the best light show in Andalucia has to be the Malaga lights from the 26th November 2022 to 5th January 2023

By Nick Nutter | Updated 23 Nov 2022 | Málaga | Events | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read Later

Almost every village, town and city in Andalucia decorates its streets with lights at Christmas but the best light show in Andalucia has to be the Málaga lights.

The festive switch-on will take place on Saturday 26 November 2022, a day later than is customary and the lights will be lit for two hours a day less than usual “to raise awareness about energy saving”.

This year the Christmas lights will remain on from 6.30pm until midnight on weekdays, while on weekends and holidays they will remain on until 2am.


Thousands of people make their way to Málaga just to see them and the 3D Video mapping, light and sound show, that projects images onto the sides of buildings.

This year, Calle Larios will have a new decorative display designed exclusively for the city's main street. The theme is 'heavenly angels', each 4 metres tall with 12 metre trains, effervescent in the night sky.


Calle Larios is where it all starts. This street, leading off Alameda Principal, is festooned with dozens of angels, arches and star bursts in a kaleidoscope of colour. Alameda is not far behind with its fig trees hung with lights and its almond trees brightly lit. Over 2 million lights are used throughout the centre of the city in about 500 streets, squares and roundabouts.


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 – 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

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 10am-2pm & 5-8.30pm, Cofradía de Estudiantes – open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-2pm & 5.30-8pm (on Calle Alcazabilla), Carmen Thyssen Museum – during museum opening hours (10am to 7pm), closed Mondays, Diputación – one of the largest and open daily 10am to 9pm (on Calle Pacífico, western seafront), Archivo Municipal – larger figures set in scenery based on the Alcazaba. Open Mon-Fri 10am-1pm & 5.8pm, weekends 10am-1pm (Alameda Principal 23).

Málaga Christmas Markets

And lets not forget the Christmas markets in Málaga.
Paseo de Parque has lots of stalls, open 12 noon until 8pm 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 11am to 6pm.
Muelle Uno Christmas market is on the square in front of the Pompidou Centre from 10am until 6pm until the 10th January.

Light and Sound Show

The spectacular light and sound show in Calle Larios will be taking place three times a day, at 6.30pm, 8pm and 10pm (except on the 24th and 31st December) and the music will be the familiar carol 'Jingle Bells'.

Drone Light Shows

For the first time this year there will be drone and light shows. These will be visible from different parts of the city, including the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, Plaza de la Marina, Muelle Uno and Gibralfaro. They will take place at 8.30pm on the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of December and on the 23rd December at 7.30pm

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, 8pm and 10pm.


Málaga Navidad 2022

Join us for a fun filled Christmas in Málaga.

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  • Bob - 14 Jan 2023
    Are the dates roughly the same for Christmas 2023 ?
    • Nick Nutter - 15 Jan 2023
      As far as we know. They may start a week earlier.
  • Sandra - 6 Dec 2022
    Looking forward to spending Christmas in Malaga. Are there special religious ceremonies in churches/cathedral on the 24th or 25th December?
    • Nick Nutter - 7 Dec 2022
      Yes there are but you would have to check at each church for their times of service.
  • Lavita Alston-Emerson - 25 Nov 2022
    This article was so thoroughly festive it makes me want to attend year after year. This will be my first time and from the article I can expect a spectacular time.
    • Nick Nutter - 25 Nov 2022
      Hi Lavita, I am sure you will not be disappointed. The atmosphere is fantastic and the light show, well, words fail me sometimes. Enjoy your visit.
  • Regina Rottingen - 15 Nov 2022
    • Nick Nutter - 16 Nov 2022
      Thank you for your comment
  • Anne Hall - 14 Nov 2022
    Do you know what markets, if any, will be on the weekend of November the 26th/27th? I'm bringing my best friend out (as a birthday surprise) and personally loved the market I stumbled upon on my way back to the cruise port a few weeks ago. Thanks x
    • Nick Nutter - 15 Nov 2022
      Hi Annie, Those dates are for the first weekend of the lights switch on. The market in the Paseo de Parque (between the port and the town) should be going after 12 noon.
  • Doreen Murray - 25 Sep 2022
    Will the Malaga Christmas lights have the music show as in previous years before the pandemic? With set times, 6pm and 9 pm?
    • Nick Nutter - 26 Sep 2022
      Hi Doreen, I do not know, all the plans and programmes are being rethought. Hopefully there will be an update soon.
  • Josephine Bamford - 21 Sep 2022
    If the lights have been put back until 8th December, does that mean that the markets and Nativity scenes won't open til then, either?
    • Nick Nutter - 21 Sep 2022
      Hi Josephine, Good question and, at the moment, there is no answer. I do know that Malaga is pretty upset with the Junta.
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