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Málaga Christmas Light Show 2024

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 24 Apr 2024 | 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 dates for the Malaga Christmas Lights 2024 have not been officially confirmed yet. In 2023, it took place from 24th November 2023 to 6th January 2024.

Last year, the festive switch-on took place on Friday, 24th November 2023 at Plaza De La Constitucion. We await official news on the 2024 light-up so check back for updates.

Schedule and Times for Málaga Christmas Lights 2024

We expect the full schedule and times for the 2024 Malaga Christmas Lights to be available closer to the date. Typically, the schedule is similar to previous years so looking at the 2023 information and schedule will give you a good idea of what to expect.

In 2023, 500 streets, plazas, and roundabouts in Malaga city as well as its iconic monuments were illuminated by about 2.2 million LED lights. The lights were switched on every day at 6.30pm. They were switched off at midnight from Monday to Thursday, as an energy-saving measure, and remained switched on until 2.00am from Friday to Sunday.

On 24th and 31st December 2023, the lights remained on until 6.00am

As per previous years, it's expected that the Malaga Christmas Lights 2024 will be up until 6th January 2025.

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.

What to Expect at the Malaga Christmas Lights 2024

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.

Calle Larios: The Centerpiece of the Malaga Christmas Light

The centerpiece of this extraordinary spectacle can be found at Calle Larios, the main street of Málaga. In 2023, he lights and decorations along this central pedestrianised street kept the 2022 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.

Christmas Light and Sound Show in Málaga

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.

Last year, the spectacular light and sound show in Calle Larios took 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 2023 playlist were 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, in 2023, we also got a taste of traditional Malagan music on 27th and 28th December when verdiales (a typical flamenco style of music from the province of Malaga) was played.

Malaga Christmas Video Mapping at Malaga Cathedral

From 1st December 2023 to 4th January 2024 (except 24th and 31st December), the tower of Málaga Cathedral was illuminated by lasers in a video mapping display titled ‘Angel of Light’. This was a truly spectacular display and we hope it'll return in 2024.

The laser video-mapping show took place at 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 10.00pm, with the show lasting 8 minutes.

Malaga Christmas Drone Light Shows

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.

Málaga Navidad 2024

It's not just Calle Larios that captivates the senses during Christmas in Malaga.

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 was the decorations and lights along Alameda Principal which was transformed into a “luminous forest” with an interlaced system of lights that decorated the ficus trees.

Other key decoration points in the city centre were 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.

In 2023, Calle San Juan was decorated into 3 different lighted areas. Visitors could 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 savour 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 flavours, stunning visuals, and the laughter of children creates an ambiance that's truly unforgettable.

Christmas Trees in Malaga

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 typically 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:

  • 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 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 typically open every Sunday in December 11.00am to 6.00pm.

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

Christmas Show at Malaga Botanical Garden

In 2023, Malaga’s La Concepcion hosted a Christmas show as part of the city’s festivities. Titled ‘Angélical: The Kingdom of the Christmas Angels’, the show ran from 1st December 2023 to 7th January 2024.

With lights, sounds, sculptures, and decorations, Malaga’s Botanic Gardens was transformed into eight kingdoms, bringing Christmas to life, in a show designed to enthrall all ages.

This was a paid event and tickets were available on the official website.

It's unclear if the gardens will host another show in 2024 but check back for any updates.

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 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 2024. 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!

Malaga Christmas Light Show: Guided Tours

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.

  • This private guided Christmas tour is great for families or groups that want a more structured way to experience the festive season in Malaga. With a local guide, you'll see the highlights of the festive light-up, learn more about Christmas traditions in Andalucia, and visit the Christmas market.
  • Need a hassle-free way to visit Malaga as a day trip during the festive period? If you're coming from along Costa del Sol, this day trip to Malaga includes return transportation and 5 hours of free time to admire the stunning decorations and lights on your own!

See the Best of Malaga

While you're in Málaga to experience Christmas, don't forget to check out the city's main attractions. Here are our top recommended activities and tours:

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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.

For more, check out our guide on where to stay in Malaga which includes a neighbourhood guide and more hotel recommendations.

Or check out the latest deals in Malaga below.


Map: Malaga Hotels


Recommended Spain Travel Resources

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Renting a car gives you the ultimate freedom to explore Andalucia at your own pace. Click here to compare car rental prices. (You’ll be surprised at how affordable it is in Spain!)

For last-minute holiday deals, check out Expedia UK.

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