Shining Brightly: Malaga’s Christmas Lights

 Malaga's gothic Christmas lights  2014

During the festive season, the Christmas Lights in Málaga are always a great place to visit, but this year they have really surpassed themselves.

They are nothing short of spectacular!

Each evening, Calle Marqués de Larios, the main pedestrianised shopping street is crowded with people enjoying a party atmosphere with balloons and street performers to entertain them. What I particularly love here in the city, as in every village and town across Spain, you will see all the family generations out taking their evening stroll together.

Whilst they are still open, the shops, as well as the bars and restaurants are brimming over with people either doing their Christmas shopping or just soaking up the festive atmosphere.

Malaga's gothic Christmas lights  2014

Detail of Malaga's gothic Christmas lights  2014

The stars of this particular light show are shining brightly on Calle Marqués de Larios (famous for being paved with marble), and this year’s display has a Gothic feel, with a cathedral-arched frame dominating the street.  

Most surrounding streets have a more modest display of lights too, so have a wander around and see them, but don’t forget to look up at the beautiful buildings, too.

You’ll see bright red poinsettias everywhere – planted on the roundabouts, hanging from lamp posts and displayed in huge cones around Calle Larios.

There’s a huge choice of bars and restaurants to tempt you – many with their gas-flame heaters burning outside to keep you warm.  If you have to drive back home again later, you might prefer to try the best chocolate and churros in Málaga, at Cafe Aranda in Calle Santos.  The light, crispy churros and thick, creamy hot chocolate to dip them in are absolutely scrumptious!

Afterwards, wander down Calle Larios to the main road through the centre, Alameda Principal, to see the beautifully lit trees and the flower stalls or turn left and walk along the edge of the Paseo del Parque to enjoy the many Christmas stalls lining the route.

Xmas lights 2

Marvel at the huge Christmas tree in Plaza Constitución, with the Gothic arches peeping at you from Calle Marqués de Larios, inviting you to come closer.

Malaga's gothic Christmas lights 2014

Malaga's Christmas lights 2014

It’s easy to be fooled by the blue skies and warm sunshine, but yes, it’s only two weeks until Christmas Day.

You can really get in the mood for Christmas by visiting the outdoor skating rink in front of El Corte Ingles, or go to see one of the many the Bélens (crib and Nativity scenes) around the city – of which the best (in my opinion) is in the Town Hall.

Malaga’s Christmas lights shine from 6.30pm – 2am daily, until 6th January 2015


What’s YOUR favourite thing to do or visit at Christmas?



72 thoughts on “Shining Brightly: Malaga’s Christmas Lights

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  3. It’s funny how things work sometimes, Marianne. I was just thinking earlier today that I seem to have lost track of you and there I was, returning a visit to another blog who follows you, and I thought ‘go and see what Marianne’s posting’. So glad I did! This is totally beautiful 🙂 I have a friend who’s thinking Malaga for a holiday base next year- July or September. I think July may be too hot for her?

    • I’ve kept posting all the time on my East of Malaga FB page (link at the bottom of page) – but that has mainly just been photos, with an odd sentence or two.

      Glad you came to have a look, Jo 🙂

      July is pretty hot, but guaranteed to have sunshine every day. Though September is more pleasant temperature wise, sometimes the autumn rains come later in the month. It’s swings and roundabouts I guess. Malaga is lovely any time of year 🙂

  4. Oef….só glad to hear from you again ! I was a bit worried, but now I can enjoy your lovely postings again ! We have friends over from Belgium shortly and I think we are going to visit Málaga more than once. Enjoy Christmas and I wish you a very happy 2015, with loads of love and of course a good health ! Xx

    • Thank you so much for your very kind comment, Caroline … you have no idea how much it means to me to hear that.

      I’m sure you and your friends will have a great time in Malaga – what’s not to enjoy?

      Happy Christmas and all the best for 2015 xx

  5. Welcome back Marianne! Missed you and your posts! Yes the Christmas lights are absolutely far out this year. We haven’t gone down to see them yet. Maybe this weekend……. (I see them all the time though, so maybe their novelty is a bit lost on me…….. But I haven’t taken the kids to see them yet.)

  6. Spectacular! I’d love to see something like those lights in Sydney. We did the rounds of the CBD lights and displays late in November before the festive silly season made it unappealing. Early injection of Christmassy-ness.

    • No, not really like doughnuts, Gilly – they are cakey, aren’t they?

      These are a batter dropped into very hot fat and made crispy. This particular cafe makes them so light and crisp, whereas sometimes they can be heavy and fatty.

  7. Amazing, what a great city, fantastic shots Marianne. Let’s say you had artists block ( know the feeling ! ) Happy Thursday 🙂


  8. We’re going Saturday night Marianne and staying over to make the most of our time although the weather forecast isn’t good, still that won’t stop us enjoying ourselves – can’t wait. Have missed your posts as well.

    • I was there again last night with friends, Keith – and, was on Calle Marques de Larios when the lights actually came on at 6.30pm – and everyone cheered!!

      There was a band playing, flamenco dancers, balloon artists, mime artists, food for sale …. fantastic atmosphere!

      Hope you have a great time 🙂

  9. Marianne, thanks for sharing these beautiful light displays. They are truly breathtaking and I was immediately put in the festive spirit just looking at your photos. Spending time with my sister in the Valle de Lecrin in September is on my agenda. Shall we book time for a paella together? Warmest wishes for the festive season and for a new year filled with peace and joy!

    • Thanks Linda, much appreciated.

      Funnily enough, the children don’t get their presents at Christmas here – they have to wait until the Three Kings bring them on the night of January 5th 🙂

  10. Stunning lights. I’ve missed your posts recently so relieved to receive this latest one – thank you. We are driving down in January but will sadly miss the Christmas lights.

    • Yeah, I’ve not been blogging for the past two months, Rosa. I’ve written some posts in the background, but lost my way a bit. I’ve kept posting on my East of Malaga FB page, because it’s been quick, and mainly photos. Hopefully I’ll be around a bit more now.

      Are you heading for Malaga in January?

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