The festive period is one of the most magical times of the year. If you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas on the Costa del Sol, check out our list of top things to do during your holiday.
Visit the Christmas lights in Malaga
Famous throughout Spain, the lights in Malaga city draw the crowds in their thousands. The entire city centre is decorated in lights, but the centrepiece is Calle Larios. This year’s theme is based around Malaga Cathedral and its stained glass windows. A giant structure complete with two high domes lines the stretch from one end to the other and lights up at night with thousands of twinkling lights. Every evening there’s a light and sound show when the lights ‘dance’ in time to the Christmas music.
Don’t miss this top attraction during Christmas on the Costa del Sol. Lights go on at 6.30pm and the light and sound shows take place at 6.30pm and 9.30pm daily until 6 January.
See the lights in Marbella
The centre of Marbella has also got dressed up for Christmas. Lots of colourful lights line the main avenue and the resort also has a light and sound show on the Paseo de la Alameda. See it at 7pm Monday to Thursday and at 7pm and 8.30pm Friday to Sunday.
Get in some Christmas shopping
Traditional Christmas markets appear all over the Costa del Sol and make a great place for shopping for gifts. Browse arts and crafts, stalls selling typical local produce and Christmas fare, all with great ideas for that perfect present. The best markets at Christmas on the Costa del Sol include:
Marbella – at the marina, 21-30 December and 2-5 January, 11.30am to dusk
Malaga – Muelle Uno, daily during the festive period 11am to late
Visit the nativity scenes
Miniature sized nativity scenes form part of a traditional Spanish Christmas and many are hand-crafted and works of art. Marbella hosts several in the Old Town – get a map from the tourist office and make your way round. Malaga city has over 60 including 2 giant scenes, one in the Cathedral and the other on display at the Diputación in Calle Pacífico.
Celebrate the arrival of 2018 in style
If your Christmas on the Costa del Sol extends to New Year’s Eve, celebrate the arrival of the new year. Join the crowds in the centre of Marbella Old Town at midnight for the traditional 12 grapes and live music. Or book your place at a New Year’s Eve dinner and party, and welcome 2018 in style.
Get in some Christmas golf
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a round (or several) of your favourite sport. And with almost guaranteed sunshine and warm temperatures, you’d hardly believe it’s December. The festive season is also a good time to take advantage of some great green fee deals on the Costa del Sol. And Rio Real is no exception. Find out about our winter promo and Christmas deals here.