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.
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.
Switched on at the end of November and remaining on until the 6th January, Málaga lights are famous all over Spain. 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.
Calle Larios is where it all starts. This street, leading off Alameda Principal, is festooned with thousands of 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 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.
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).
And lets not forget the Christmas markets.
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.