Spanish Christmas traditions and delightful sunny December days with breathtaking sea views over the Mediterranean make Christmas on the Costa del Sol magical.
Get away from the winter; Spend your Christmas Holiday in Southern Spain
If you decide to spend your Christmas holidays on the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain, expect pleasant temperatures, lots of parties and excellent Christmas shopping. Winter is also a perfect season to play golf, walk and hike on the Costa del Sol. On sunny days you can enjoy the holidays relaxing on the courtesy sunbeds in our tropical gardens and swimming in our heated infinity pool.
Christmas lights in Málaga
The switching on of the Christmas lights in Malaga, already a reference throughout Spain, is such an eagerly awaited event that it attracts large crowds of people. Throughout the festive period, Malaga is illuminated with more than 2 million LED lights. There are 3 daily musical light shows on Calle Larios in the city centre. The switching on of the Christmas lights in all towns along the Costa del Sol is the start of the festive Christmas period, which lasts until January 6th, Three Kings Day (Three Wise Men or Three Magic Kings).
The date for the Malaga Christmas lights switch-on will be Saturday 26 November at 7pm.
Celebrate Christmas in the streets of the Costa del Sol
Town halls along the coast organize extensive Christmas programmes for all ages. Christmas markets, shows, Christmas workshops, Santa Claus houses, street parades and concerts. Nativity scenes and competitions, and Christmas carol competitions are arranged. New Year’s Eve parties are celebrated in all towns. The Three Kings parades are the closure of the festive season and the children’s favourite when the Spanish children get their Christmas gifts.
A perfect New Year’s escape
If you prefer to celebrate Christmas at home and get away to celebrate the New Year, The Costa del Sol is the perfect destination. On New Years’ Eve there are special New Year dinner menus and parties everywhere. The restaurants offer special New Year menus, and the nightclubs and the hotels arrange amazing parties.
January the fifth and sixth – The days Spain really celebrates Christmas
On January 5th Spain is waiting for the arrival of the three kings with Christmas gifts for all the family. In the afternoon and evening, there are parades in most towns and cities on the Costa del Sol where children are delighted with candies and illusions. In the evening, there are parties for adults almost everywhere. And in the morning the next day, on January 6, Spanish children wake up to find the Christmas gifts that the three kings left in their homes during the magical night. It is a Spanish tradition to leave water for the camels, and sweets for the kings where the gifts are expected to be found in the morning.