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10 Things to do in Malaga during Christmas

In this post we review the best activities to enjoy in the capital of the Costa del Sol during the Christmas holidays:

1) Enjoy the series ‘Christmas Music’

Teatro Echegaray
Theatre Echegaray

From December 21 this cycle – organized by the Town hall of the capital – offers two daily performances until Sunday January 3 with a children’s zambomba (very typical instrument at Christmas) in Theatre Echegaray. Don´t miss the Three Kings Auto (theatrical representation) or the show Bollychristmas with Indian dance; this is a series of Hindu tales directed by the choreographer Anita Adarsh Tolaram.

2) Discover the new Christmas lighting

Iluminación navideña
Larios Street Christmas lighting

The lighting of the Christmas lights in Málaga, especially in Larios Street, is the kick-off of the season. This time there are more than 1,600,000 points of light, which will remain lit until Epiphany. Due to construction of the subway this year have not been decorated the trees of the Alameda Principal as at other times.

3) Visit the most beautiful nativity scenes in town

Nativity scene in plasticine

For the second consecutive year the Town hall of Malaga has published a guide to the “Nativity scenes of Malaga city”. This time it includes 67 references of the most outstanding nativity scenes set up by neighbourhood associations, guilds, cultural centres and museums during these special days for the family. It also includes address, schedule and technical details of each installation. We recommend the plasticine nativity scene at the Municipal Archive.

4. Dine at one of the restaurants with Michelin stars in Malaga

Restaurant Jose Carlos García

Last November the province of Malaga reached a total of 8 Michelin stars distributed in seven restaurants. Dani García (the only one with 2 Michelin stars in Andalucia), SkinaEl Lago and Messina in Marbella, Sollo in Fuengirola, Kabuki Raw in Casares and Jose Carlos Garcia in Malaga are the establishments that already appear in the new Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal 2016.

5. Get surprised with a different Day of the Innocents at the Verdiales Festival

Verdiales hat

Every year on December 28, is celebrated the Day of the Innocents in Spain. To foreigners, it is equivalent to April’s Fools Day. In Malaga city it is also the Verdiales competition between different “pandas” (group of people making music and dancing). Divided into three styles: Montes, Almogia and Comares, the Verdiales are dances and songs of ancient origin. The festival is celebrated at the fairgrounds Puerto de la Torre from 12:00.

6. Savour Shortbreads and the specialties of Antequera

Mantecados made with extra virgin oil

Very close to Plaza de la Constitucion, in Calle Granada, the Brand La Antequerana has opened its 2015 season shop. Besides the traditional shortbread with cinnamon, turron or sesame or the delicious wine and anise or almond roscos (cookie in ring form), we recommend trying the pastries with extra virgin olive oil or the new pistachio shortbread. More information on their website.

7. Take the grapes of luck in the Constitution Square

Grapes of luck

At least since 1897 – as we know from the newspaper archives – it is customary to eat twelve grapes by the chimes separating the old and the new year; at first only in Madrid, and from 1909 in the rest of Spain. A Tradition that later extended to Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina or Colombia. In Malaga the indicated location is Constitution Square where, as every year, the town hall will distribute more than 2,500 bags of grapes and cotillion (set of fun items).

8. Visit alone or with your children the Christmas Merry CLICKSmas

Playmobil

If you spent during your childhood hours playing with Playmobil figurines you should not miss this or show your children why you liked it so much. In the exhibition hall of the Municipal Archives of Malaga you can enjoy three large-scale dioramas until January 8, 2016; the streets of a nineteenth century city, a medieval castle and a Nativity scene are recreated with great detail with this popular toy.

9. Attend the “Johann Strauss – Great New Year’s Concert “at the Cervantes Theatre

New Year’s Concert

Selection of the best waltzes, polkas and marches of composer Johann Strauss performed by the Strauss Festival Orchestra. Another year the Grand New Year´s Concert attempts to bring the magic of the musical event that takes place every year in Vienna. It counts with the help of the Strauss Festival Dance Ensemble and their delicate choreography. On Saturday January 2 with functions at 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm. More information here.

10. Feel a child in the Parade of the Magi

Parade of the Magi

The Three Kings will be arriving at Casona del Parque – headquarters of the town hall – at 5 pm on January 5. They will parade the streets of downtown from 5:30 pm.

After the parade, the procession will walk down the streets Alcazabilla and Cister way to the Cathedral where they will be treated to a concert by the Choir University of Malaga and the Treble Voice Choir “Ad libitum”. Hopefully you collect lots of candy.

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