Malaga’s mild climate allows you to stroll through its streets after sunset, and enjoy the Christmas lights in the historic centre.
The Christmas lights in the central Larios street in Malaga are some of the most beautiful in Europe.
Everything you need to know about their inauguration, the daily sound and light shows, parallel activities and tips in this blog!
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Inauguration of the Christmas Lights in Larios Street
On 26 November, Malaga once again becomes a Christmas show of light, colour and music for 40 nights in its central streets.
This saturday evening will take place the grand opening party of the Christmas lights in Larios Street.
We are looking forward what surprise will await us this year, surely it will be spectacular!
The inauguration will take place on Saturday, 26.November at 7 pm. From then on, there will be light and sound shows with Christmas songs every day until 5 January.
Regarding the light show in Calle Larios there will be three shows every day, at 7 pm, 8:30 pm and 10 pm, except on 24 and 31 December.
The lights will be switched on between 6:30 pm and 00 am, on weekends and the eve of public holidays until 2 am. On the 24th and 31st they will be on until 6 am.
In total, more than 80 streets, squares and roundabouts will be decorated with Christmas lights throughout the centre of Malaga.
How to get there
New this year
Lighting in Calle Larios
After several years with the same light decorations, this year we are expecting some novelties.
In the photo you can see this year’s proposal, huge celestial angels in gold and white, with gold sequins and crystals, which will be placed on two large columns.
As always, Christmas lighting is not without its share of amusing controversy on the internet.
Some people think the only thing missing is the flaming sword to herald the day of reckoning. What do you think?
Drone show in the harbour
New this year is a luminous drone show. It promises to be quite spectacular and can be seen around the Port: Palmeral de las Sorpresas, Plaza de la Marina, Muelle Uno and Gibralfaro.
The drone show will open on the 3rd December and will be repeated on the 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th December, always at 8 pm. On 23 December there will also be a show at 8.30 pm.
Parallel activities in the centre of Malaga
In addition to the illumination and shows in Calle Larios, there will also be more activities.
Video Mapping at the Cathedral
A video mapping with Christmas scenes will be projected on the walls of the cathedral, this year with a Malaga touch.
The projections will be at 6:30 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm, every day from the 27th to the 4th of January, except on the 24th and 31st of December. The duration of the show is approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
In the photo: video mapping in 2020 on the walls of the Alcazaba.
Practical tips for enjoying the lights
Whether you’re going downtown for the lights opening or any other evening, get ready for a real crowd of people.
Especially at the inauguration the place is packed (last year there were some 30,000 people in Larios Street). But also on Friday and Saturday evenings the streets, cafés and bars are full and it can be very overwhelming.
As personal advice, I wouldn’t take baby strollers to the opening because you literally can’t move. And also please leave your dog at home, you’ll do it a favour!
If you are not fond of crowds, but you’d like to see the light show, we recommend waiting for the last show at 10 pm.
And if you simply want to enjoy the many beautiful lights without further ado, we recommend a stroll through the nocturnal streets from 10 pm when the shops are closed. Enjoy a delicious dinner or Tapas in one of the many bars in the centre!
How to get to the centre?
By public transport
Public transport is especially interesting if you come from those municipalities along the Costa del Sol that have a connection with Malaga through the suburban train Cercanias C1 (Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Torremolinos).
The last stop of the Cercanias C1 (Malaga Centro Alameda) is 600 m from Calle Larios. And you don’t have any stress with traffic jams, looking for parking etc. You only have to bear in mind that the last train to Fuengirola leaves from Malaga Centro Alameda at 11:30 pm.
If you prefer to go by car or come from farther away: An interesting option may also be to park in the car park of the Plaza Mayor shopping centre and take the Cercanias C1 from there.
We hope you enjoy your Christmas walk in a beautiful and illuminated Malaga!
Christmas lights switch-on in the province 2022
It is not only in the capital of the province that we can enjoy the Christmas lights. Although it is true that there is only one Calle Larios, nevertheless: In other coastal municipalities the Christmas lights are no less beautiful.
As in Malaga, many cities take advantage of Black Friday at the end of November to inaugurate their Christmas lights, while others postpone it to the beginning of December.