What to do in Malaga at christmas 2023

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🎄The holiday season arrives, and Málaga is filled with lights and carols. If you come to visit, in this article you will find everything to do in Málaga at Christmas.

Málaga is lively all year round, and Christmas is no exception. The Christmas atmosphere in Málaga is indescribable, radiating enthusiasm and joy, where you can enjoy countless cultural and leisure activities that the Málaga City Council has for these special days. So, stay with me to know what to see and do in Málaga at Christmas. And who knows? Maybe we’ll find Santa Claus drinking sweet wine at El Pimpi or the Three Wise Men eating sardine skewers on the beaches and promenades of the capital. Are you ready to know the top 10 plans in Málaga at Christmas?

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What to do in Málaga at Christmas for free

It is known that Christmas is a time of many expenses. Therefore, here I leave you a list of places where you can enjoy the experiences the city offers for free.

See the Lights of Calle Larios

The lighting of the Christmas lights in Málaga has become an event eagerly awaited by the people of Málaga throughout the year. In fact, it has been a tradition for almost a decade. The light show attracts thousands of people eagerly awaiting that magical moment when the sky of Calle Larios is lit up with 16 Celestial Angels. Without a doubt, a classic among the things to do in Málaga at Christmas.
The Celestial Angels 2023.

Contemplate the Video Mapping at the Cathedral

Do you want a free outdoor cinema? Video mapping is your option to marvel in Málaga for Christmas. It is a laser projection of 2D and 3D images onto an architectural structure, specifically on the Mocha Tower of the Málaga Cathedral, on its south side. Bells, trains, tambourines, reindeer, and bells will dance on the facade to the rhythm of Christmas songs.

From December 1st to January 4th (except December 31st), the schedules of the three passes will coincide with those of the “Christmas Lights on Calle Larios”; that is, at 6:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m. Keep this in mind when organizing so as not to miss any of the experiences they offer around the historic center of Málaga.

Video mapping south tower.

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Plaza de la Constitución

On December 31st, thousands of people will gather in Plaza de la Constitución next to the immense Christmas Tree to the rhythm of orchestra music and multimedia shows, and the Festivities Department of Málaga City Council will participate in this atmosphere of joy: between 9:00 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. they will distribute free 5,000 bags of grapes and 5,000 bags of party favors (with hats, streamers, masks, and Hawaiian necklaces) for all those who want to welcome the New Year here.

Minutes before midnight, the orchestra will stop playing to give way to the chimes, and the clock of the Plaza will be the protagonist. After the new year 2024 comes in, the dance will continue until 1:30 a.m. Tell me, would you like to eat the grapes on New Year’s Eve in Plaza de la Constitución?

What to do in Málaga capital at Christmas

These are the best plans to enjoy Málaga at Christmas.

Take a free tour of Málaga

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The Free Tour through Malaga is the best option to unravel all the stories, wonders, secrets, and curiosities that our capital hides, where the guide takes you through the streets, squares, and charming corners (not so well-known) of the historic center. You will learn the history of Málaga with entertaining and fun stories, and its charismatic guides will make the two and a half hours of the tour seem like twenty minutes. Let yourself be captivated by the beauty of Málaga through this unforgettable experience.

Free Tour through Málaga - What to do in Málaga at Christmas.

Other activities to do in Málaga at Christmas

Tour the Christmas markets

From December 1st to January 7th, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., you will find the traditional Christmas markets open.

The hundred stalls spread along the Paseo del Parque offer Christmas accessories, joke items, and traditional fritters. You can also visit Plaza de la Marina, where you will find typical products of our land such as chorizo, blood sausage, or cheese while spending a great time with family. In addition, at Muelle Uno, there are many booths with handicrafts, fashion, and workshops for the little ones.

Visit the Christmas market at El Corte Inglés

In the surroundings of the El Corte Inglés Shopping Center, we find a large Christmas market in the Central European style. Large booths with Christmas products and their “food trucks” where we can have churros with hot chocolate and typical sweets.

Throughout December, a series of performances such as choirs, children’s activities, and workshops to decorate the table will be held.


  • 23/11 at 7:00 p.m.: CandyXmas. Christmas to the rhythm of swing, jazz, and soul.
  • 12/1 at 7:00 p.m.: JITTERBURG JAZZ GROUP. Special Christmas.
  • 12/7 at 7:00 p.m.: JITTERBURG JAZZ GROUP. Special Christmas.
  • 12/9 at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m.: ORFEÓN PREUNIVERSITARIO DE MÁLAGA. Director: Pablo Guzmán.
  • 12/10 at 7:00 p.m.: SUZETTE.
  • 12/14 at 6:00 p.m.: CORO DEL COLEGIO DE SIERRA BLANCA EL ROMERAL. Director: Laura Castilla Arregui.
  • 12/16 at 6:00 p.m.: ESCOLANÍA “SANTA MARÍA LA VICTORIA”. Directors: José Doblas and Elena Ramos.
  • 12/17 at 1:00 p.m.: CORAL SPÍNOLA DEL COLEGIO DE LAS ESCLAVAS. Director: Alicia Catilla Arregui.
  • 12/22 at 7:00 p.m.: ZAMBOMBÁ.
  • 12/23 at 1:00 p.m.: ESCOLANÍA “SANTA MARÍA LA VICTORIA”. Directors: José Doblas and Elena Ramos.
  • 12/23 at 7:00 p.m.: ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA ORBIS. Director: Alejandro Escañuela.
Christmas markets.

Try the Christmas sweets

The sweet-toothed are in luck, because during these dates Christmas sweets invade all Málaga.

The nougats, the mantecados, and the polvorones are a Christmas classic, but they are not the only ones in our province. With sweet wine, brandy, and/or anise, Malagueño sweets such as borrachuelo (flour and olive oil dough filled with sweet potato or angel hair), pestiño (similar, but without filling), and wine roscos are made. Other traditional sweets, without alcohol, are the oil cakes (Algarrobo), the bienmesabe (Antequera dessert of almonds and eggs), the fig bread from Coín, the alfajor (Andalusian sweet similar to nougat) and the Yemas del Tajo de Ronda.

And let’s not forget the Torrijas, famous in Holy Week, but also in these holidays: delicious slices of bread soaked in milk with honey and coated in egg.

See the light show at the Málaga Botanical Garden

The Botanical-Historic Garden La Concepción in Málaga is festively adorned for the third consecutive year in a spectacle full of lights and colors: Angelical, the Kingdom of the Christmas Angels. This new dream world combines lighting, video mapping, and music through the subtropical gardens we conserve in our capital. For one hour, you will be guided by the angels through the different kingdoms full of lights.

It will be open from December 1st to January 7th (except December 24th and 31st, when it will be closed), from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with passes every 30 minutes. Due to the success of the show, I recommend buying tickets as soon as possible at www.surentradas.com and on their website www.lucesdelaconcepcion.es. In addition, here you can check discounts for special days, prices for groups, reduced mobility, etc. Visit our Christmas “earthly paradise”!

Angelical; The Lights

What to do in Malaga at christmas with children: 3 activities for the little ones 👶

Christmas is the time for kids. In fact, it brings out the “inner child” in all of us. So, here’s what to do in Málaga at Christmas with children.

Deliver the Letter to the Three Wise Men

“The Three Wise Men are coming, on their way to Bethlehem,” as the popular Christmas carol goes; and as it continues, I’m not sure if “Holland is already in sight,” but what you will see is the Royal Envoy and Royal Postman of the Three Wise Men from the East in Málaga’s Plaza de la Constitución. They will be there on January 2, 3, and 4, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to collect the letters from the children who attend the meeting.

Additionally, the Three Wise Men will parade through all the districts of Málaga at 5:00 pm during those days, among other related activities.

However, for those little ones who cannot attend the meeting with the Envoy, the City Council of Málaga will distribute “royal mailboxes” throughout the city. We will even see the figures of the three Wise Men in the historic center of Málaga.

Attend the Three Kings Parade

January 5th arrives. The most exciting night of the year for the children of Málaga begins in the afternoon, at 5:00 pm in La Alcazaba, where Their Majesties from the East will meet with the Mayor of Málaga and the Municipal Band of Málaga. After that, the three-hour parade of floats, street parades, and musical groups throughout the capital begins.

Seats to view the parade will be available (tickets and prices through the website of the Brotherhood of Holy Week of Málaga).

The Kings will throw 20,000 kilos of sweets throughout the city of Málaga. So, kids, don’t overeat and rest before the Three Kings arrive with your gifts.

Make a Nativity Scene Route

Finally, let’s make a nativity scene route throughout Málaga. The Festivities Area of the City Council of Málaga has developed a graphic guide of the areas where dozens of varied representations of the Birth of Jesus are distributed, available through the website of the Málaga Consortium.

Each year, the City Council, the Cathedral, museums, and various neighborhood associations of Málaga participate in this beautiful tradition. Don’t miss it!

Here are some of the most interesting Nativity scenes you can visit in Málaga during Christmas:

Municipal Nativity Scene: Málaga City Council. Avenida de Cervantes 4. From December 2 to January 6. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Brotherhood of the Sepulchre: C/ Alcazabilla Nº5. From December 1 to January 5. From 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Living Nativity Scene of the Diocese of Málaga: Diocesan House. Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17. From 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Nativity Scene of Málaga Cathedral: From December 4 to January 8. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Closed on the afternoon of December 24, 31, and January 5. Now that you know everything to do in Málaga at Christmas, all that’s left is to discover that Málaga at Christmas is so much more.

Its Christmas charm will surprise you.

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