From VIVA we would like to recommend top 6 wonderful experiences that you can enjoy in Malaga at Christmas, we hope you like them!

1. Malaga’s Christmas lights

Malaga Christmas Lights have never shone brighter!

Calle Larios, the city’s central avenue, plays a crucial role in this tradition. It is where the colorful lights flash, creating a great Christmas atmosphere. While walking through the streets, residents and tourists can admire the creative Christmas Lights in Malaga, a magical corridor in the heart of the city.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the breathtaking display of the Calle Larios for Malaga’s Christmas Lights. In addition to the changing lighting, you can hear famous holiday songs like “Jingle Bells”, “We wish you a Merry Christmas”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Navidad Epica” and “Hacía Belén van una Burra”. Malaga’s Christmas lights dance to these well-known tunes to maximize the festive spirit in the city.

The schedule for the Malaga Christmas Lights show in 2023 is divided into three sections. Typically, the illumination unfolds in three distinct sessions at 6:30 PM, 8:00 PM, and 10:00 PM,

However, Calle Larios Malaga Christmas Lights are not the only festive place in the city. As you venture through the city center, the Christmas lights elegantly extend their glow, transforming Malaga into a winter wonderland.

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2. Botanical Gardens in Malaga

Historic Botanical Garden La Concepción is a well-known spot for plant lovers all through Europe. The Malaga Botanical Garden is one of the most famous tropical gardens in Europe, including over 25,000 plants and 2000 different species. The Garden was established in 1855, and has been one of the landmarks of Malaga since then.

The Botanical Garden displays a different theme every year during Christmas… “the Kingdom of Christmas Angels” is chosen for the 2023 Malaga Christmas Lights at the botanical garden.

As a result, they adorned the entire area with beautiful angel figurines illuminated by thousands of LEDs.

Explore the harmonious blend of nature and festivity as the Botanical Gardens. Add a touch of magic to the Malaga Christmas Lights celebration.

The Christmas Garden is accessible from 1 December to 7 January 2024, between 6:30 PM and 10:30 PM. 

The event runs throughout the week, from Monday to Sunday, with the last tour departing at 9:30 PM. Note that on December 24, 31, and January 5, the venue will be closed.

Malaga Botanical Garden in Christmas.

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3. Malaga Cathedral in Christmas

Experience the mesmerizing fusion of tradition and technology as the Malaga Cathedral takes center stage in the 2023 Christmas Lights celebration.

Like the Botanical Garden, Malaga Cathedral also joins in the Christmas glow in the city.

The Cathedral displays a different theme of light decorations.

You could enjoy it from1st December to the 4th January. The laser video mapping show will be every day at 6:45 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM.

Due to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the show will pause on December 24 and December 31.

Every show follows the same theme, but is different from each other. Each show lasts around 8 minutes, so plan your itinerary accordingly.

The Malaga Cathedral covered in lights.

Malaga Cathedral in Christmas

4. The Three Kings Parade

Three King’s Day is the Christmas day in Spain, therefore an important day for the Christmas season in Malaga, because it marks the end of Christmas season.

The Three Kings Day is celebrated every year on January 6, and Malaga Christmas Lights are turned off after this day, to mark the end of the holiday season.

This day is one of the biggest events in Malaga of the year. The city center is full of families who want to see the Three Kings Parade.

The parade reminds procession with highly decorated floats and performers accompanying them.

Each King rides a separate float, sitting on a high throne and surrounded by his courtiers.


3 kings parade in malaga

5. Christmas Concerts in Malaga

Other festive activity you can join is the Christmas concerts in Malaga.

These concerts showcase a diverse range of musical genres to suit every taste.

Take part in the XXVIII Concierto Extraordinario de Navidad with Christmas motifs from the world.

Check out the series of concerts “Music for Christmas” at the Plaza de la Constitución.

Experience an unforgettable night during the Candlelight Concert, including in the Maria Cristina Concert Hall, a 15th-century Franciscan monastery, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, and the Gran Hotel Miramar.

It is a usual experience of classical concerts and tributes by the light of hundreds of candles.

Candelight Concert in Carmen Thyssen Museum.

6. Malaga Christmas Markets

Malaga has three main markets, and a multiple small ones. The biggest Christmas market in Malaga is located at the Park of Malaga. It has over 90 stalls, and conveniently located very next to the historical center.

The second-biggest market is located at the Port of Malaga. This market has nearly 90 stalls, and is decorated in Malaga Christmas lights in great detail, especially when the beautiful sunset meets the glamouring lights.

Finally, the Garage Christmas market in Soho offers a contemporary alternative to the traditional Christmas markets. Located in an old garage, this market offers antiques, modern pieces and contemporary art pieces.

Malaga Christmas Markets