Things to do in Malaga in December 2021

December in Malaga is a special month for many reasons. While in the rest of Europe the temperatures are already freezing, this last month of the year on the Costa del Sol is usually especially mild with very good temperatures that allow you to wear short sleeves at midday. In fact, it is the best month regarding temperatures in our non-existent winter.

These temperatures are ideal for being outdoors even after sunset, strolling and enjoying the magnificent Christmas illuminations, having some churros with hot chocolate or eating some roasted chestnuts.

Here are some of the many activities and events during this month, enjoy!

Fair Flavour of Malaga 

sabor a Málaga

The popular gastronomic fair Sabor a Málaga will take place from the 4th to the 8th of December, coinciding with the Puente de la Constitución, in the central Paseo del Parque from 10am to 9pm.

There will be more than 60 stands of local producers with local products from the province and different parallel activities such as presentations and showcooking.

How to get there:

Christmas Village Miramar Shopping Centre Fuengirola

Christmas Village in Fuengirola

The Miramar Shopping Centre offers various activities to have a great time during the festive season:
Visits to Santa Claus: Take a magical path to meet Father Christmas and take a selfie with him in his Time Factory.
From 13 November to 24 December. Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm to 9 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:30 am to 9:30 pm. Thursday 24th December from 11am to 3pm.

Weather Workshops: Workshops and games will teach you all the magic tricks to control the weather and learn everything you need to know to make the most of Christmas Time.
From November 13th to January 5th. November and December Fridays: From 5 pm to 9 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays opening from 12 to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: 12 to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm.
Wednesday from 12 to 2 pm
24, 31 December and 5 January from 12 to 2 pm

Elves Tour: The elves Minuta and Segundo will show you all the secrets of the Time Factory in their guided tours around the Village. From 15 November to 23 December Timetable: Monday to Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Storytelling and Christmas Theatre: Christmas stories and tales. From 13th November to 4th January. Timetable: November and December
Fridays: From 5 pm to 9 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 12 noon to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm. January: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday: From 12 noon to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm. 24th, 31st December and 5th January from 12 noon to 2 pm.

To access the village’s activities and workshops you must make an appointment on its website or on the free app for IOS or ANDROID.
How to get there:

La Merced Craft Market Malaga

Craft Market Malaga

This popular craft market takes place in the central Plaza de la Merced in Malaga.

Next editions in December: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th. Wednesday 8th and Saturday 18th, from 11am to 8pm.

How to get there:

Christmas Markets Malaga

Christmas Markets Malaga

If you are in Malaga and the Costa del Sol at this time of year, you will surely love the Christmas markets that take place in the province.

Find them in our special edition Christmas Markets Malaga 2021.

Living Nativity Scene Malaga

Living Nativity Scene Malaga

At the Casa Diocesana Malaga visitors can enjoy a Living Nativity Scene that represents the most important scenes of the birth of Jesus during the 17th and 18th of December.

In addition, there is a wide range of activities in the outdoor areas of the Diocesan House, a large children’s area with bouncy castles, royal mailbox, Christmas crafts, as well as a restaurant area, shopping stalls and Christmas concerts.

How to get there:

Benalmadena International Christmas Festival

Christmas in Benalmadena

This year’s International Christmas Festival will take place on 17, 18 and 19 December from 1 pm to 11 pm at Plaza de la Mezquita in Arroyo de la Miel where you can see and taste the different Christmas traditions of each country.

With stalls from different countries with typical Christmas products, Santa Claus visit, musical performances and many more surprises.

When: 17, 18 and 19 December from 13 to 23 h

Where: Plaza de la Mezquita, Benalmádena

How to get there:

Christmas Garden in the Botanical Garden La Concepción

Christmas Garden

At nightfall, the Jardín Botánico – Histórico La Concepción in Málaga will open its doors every night from 27 November 2021 until 09 January 2022 for a very special walk.

Millions of points of light will illuminate a circular path approximately 2.2 kilometres long and transform one of the most beautiful and important tropical gardens in Spain into a magical ocean of splendour.

Tickets are €12 on weekdays and €14 on public holidays and holiday eves. 24 and 31 December and 5 January closed.

The event will be held from Monday to Sunday with daily shows, starting at 6:30 pm and the last one at 9:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased exclusively through the website

The Christmas Garden will be open from 27 November 2021 to 09 January 2022 from 6:30 pm to 11 pm.

How to get there:
Public transport:
Bus: 2, 15 minutes’ walk
Malaga Tour: 91, from the Automobile Museum and Train and Bus Station (1,30€)

New Year Chimes in Malaga

New Year Chimes in Malaga


As is traditional, thousands of locals and visitors gather each New Year’s Eve at Plaza de la Constitucion in Malaga to bid the year goodbye to the sound of the bells. The centre of the city, lit with Christmas motifs, is one of the most beautiful places to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022.

After the bells, attendees can enjoy live music and dance until dawn. The Night owls will be able to see the first dawn of the year while they take a typical chocolate with churros.

When: 31 December
Where: Plaza de la Constitución
How to get there:

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