Christmas Lights Malaga 2021

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!

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 Friday evening, which also coincides with Black Friday in Malaga, 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!

Chirstmas lights in Calle Larios
Larios Street in 2019 Photo Daniel Pérez

The inauguration will take place on Friday, 26.November at 7 pm. From then on, there will be light and sound shows with Christmas songs every day until 5 January between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., but with no set timetable to avoid crowds.

How to get there:

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. As in Calle Larios, the screenings will take place between 7 pm and 10 pm but there will be no set timetable to avoid crowds.

In the photo: video mapping last year on the walls of the Alcazaba.


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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 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 9.30pm. 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!


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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:

By car

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.

If you decide to travel to the centre of Malaga by car, it would be best to park in one of the central car parks. Rent a car in Málaga.

We hope you enjoy your Christmas walk in a beautiful and illuminated Malaga!

Christmas lights switch-on in the province 2021

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.

Below you can find the dates for this year and more information in our November events calendar and December events calendar.

Christmas lights switch on in Benalmádena

The switching on of the Christmas lights in Benalmádena is scheduled for the 7th December. During the Christmas period there will be activities for the little ones, such as theatre, musicals, parades and on the 5th January there will be a static parade of the Three Wise Men in both Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Pueblo.

Christmas lights switch-on in Fuengirola

Christmas tree in Fuengirola

When: Fuengirola welcomes Christmas on 26th November.

Christmas lights switch-on in Estepona

Christmas atmosphere in Estepona
Photo Nikon Lucho

Estepona’s Christmas lights will be switched on this year on 26 November with an event taking place in the gardens of the Parque Botánico-Orquidario, at 7pm. Attendees will be able to enjoy the music of the Estepona Pastorals as well as the Estepona Rocío Choir.

Christmas lights switch-on in Torremolinos

Christmas lights in Torremolinos

Torremolinos will switch on the Christmas lights on Sunday 3rd December at 8 pm and there will be different activities for all ages.

Christmas lights switch-on in Vélez-Málaga

Christmas lights in Velez-Malaga
Photo Diario Sur

Vález-Málaga will switch on its traditional Christmas lights on Sunday 3 December, with different activities for the whole family.

The activities will take place from 3 December to 5 January, with children’s shows, attractions, parades, flamenco zambombás, concerts, yinkanas, cotillion, parade, comedy show and performances.

Christmas lights switch-on in Rincón de la Victoria

Christmas decoration in Rincon de la Victoria

Rincón de la Victoria, which will switch on the Christmas lights on 28 November at 6.15 pm at Plaza Al-Ándalus.

Beforehand, at around 5 pm there will be a children’s performance by ‘La Seño de los Cuentos’. After the switching on of the Christmas lights, will take place again the traditional ‘chocolatada’ and the performance by the Pastoral Asociación Cultural Río Granadillas. Later, at 7 pm, Los Hermanos Ortigosa will present their show ‘La Navidad Junto a ti’ (Christmas with you).

Other municipalities such as Coín and Torrox will switch on their traditional Christmas lights on Sunday 3 December, with different performances for the whole family.

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