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!
Inauguration of the Christmas Lights in Larios Street
On 29 November, Malaga once again becomes a Christmas show of light, colour and music for 40 nights in its central streets.
This Friday evening, which also coincides with Black Friday in Malaga, will take place the grand opening party of the Christmas lights in Larios Street.
This year a new surprise awaits us, a Christmas forest, with 22 arches of light, surely it will be spectacular!
The inauguration will take place on Friday, 29.November at 7 pm. From this date, there will be 3 daily light and sound shows with Christmas songs at 6.30 pm, 8 pm and 9.30 pm every day, from November 29 to January 5.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/8Yc2Nq4TdqLNtp7JA
A Christmas tale in Alcazabilla Street
Alternatively, and also new this year, every day at the same time there will be a Christmas story in the form of a videomapping that will be projected in Alcazabilla street, on the wall of the Alcazaba.
This 7 minutes story for the whole family, but especially focused on the youngest, is set in Malaga.
The 3 daily screenings take place at 6:30 pm, 8 pm and 9:30 pm.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/XCK6hLhaJbURa4Qf7
Arrival of Santa Claus at Pier One
Christmas at Pier One opens on 29 November at 7 pm. Santa Claus will arrive this evening after a long boat trip from Lapland to Pier One to spend a fantasy Christmas with the children.
Starting that evening there is a Jaima where children can visit Santa Claus and for adults there is a nice Christmas market with lots of crafts and gourmet items.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/QNm8fnuXvWdai6tF7
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. Of course, 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 get a leash from My Pet Needs That and 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, I recommend waiting for the last show at 9.30pm. And if you simply want to enjoy the many beautiful lights without further ado, I 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.
How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/5nznZGc2pZCaqs5M8
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.
I hope you enjoy your Christmas walk in a beautiful and illuminated Malaga!