Why You Should Go and See Málaga’s Famous Christmas Lights

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Christmas Lights in Malaga

Christmas Lights in Calle Larios, Málaga

If you’re planning on visiting the Costa del Sol this Christmas, you’ve got to visit Málaga City Centre to see the stunning Christmas Light display and show in the city’s famous Calle Larios.

Over the year’s Málaga’s Christmas lights have quickly become one of the most talked-about attractions. The Town Hall spend hundreds of thousands of Euros on Christmas lights – this year’s budget is a staggering €573,211 – and the results speak for themselves. Below you can see a video of last year’s electrifying show featuring hundreds of thousands of LED lights and hit songs to accompany the light show. Pretty impressive isn’t it?

Plans for this year’s show in Calle Larios include a completely new light show which will reproduce Málaga Cathedral’s spectacular stained-glass windows and domes, and making reference to the Nativity of Christ.

After the success of last year’s light show with hundreds of thousands of visitors, this year’s show will also feature a spectacular light and sound show. The technicians are hard at work putting the finishing touches to the display which will officially open to the public on Friday the 24th November with a party at 6:30pm. It’s going to be busy so we recommend you get there early if you want to get a good view!

There will be two light shows every evening until the 6th January, the first at 6:30pm and the second at 9:30pm. During these shows, you’ll be able to watch the special led lights ‘dance’ to the sounds of three different tracks:

  • Merry Christmas by Boney M
  • Christmas Festival by the Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Wizards in Winter by the Trans-Siberian Orquestra

Each show lasts between 2 and 3 minutes and are sure to be the high point of your visit to Málaga City Centre over the Christmas period.

Other Fun Things to Look Out For

Christmas tree in Plaza de la Constitucion

Last year’s enormous tree in Plaza de la Constitución at the top of Calle Larios

On the 24th November (the day the lights get switched on for the first time) there will also be a special kids show in Plaza de las Flores at 6:00pm. If you hang around until 8:00pm the organisers will be handing out 1000 balloons with Christmas designs to kids in the audience. In Plaza de la Constitución (at the end of Calle Larios) there will be a concert after the first light show (at around 7:00pm).

Also worth visiting are the six large Christmas trees – the smallest is 9 metres tall and the largest, an impressive, 18 metres. Here’s a quick summary of the technical specifications of the six trees and where you’ll find them:

  • In the centre of the lake in ‘Parque Huelin you’ll find a natural tree illuminated with 33,624 micro lights.
  • The Geronimo Cuervo square in front of the Cervantes Theatre will feature an 8 metre almond tree.
  • Calle Alcazabilla (in front of the Roman Theatre) will also have a large and colourful almond tree.
  • Plaza de la Marina will have a giant metal structure shaped like a tree with 33,579 LED lights.
  • New this year will be the tree put up in Plaza Enrique García which will have 32,475 LED lights.
  • Plaza de la Constitución will have the biggest tree, an 18 metre monster with 59,940 LED lights decorated with stars and baroque motives.

Here’s a fun challenge for you… see if you can make your way around Malaga and take a photo (selfie) of yourself at each of these trees 😊

If you’re planning on spending Christmas on the Costa del Sol and are looking for accommodation, at Sunset Beach Club we offer comfortable apartment-style accommodation and fantastic facilities for a fun Christmas Holiday. Our animation team will have a full activities programme for kids and adults and we’ll also offer a superb Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner. You can click HERE for more information.

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