Every year, Malaga puts on a fantastic light show for the Christmas season. And with festivities ending on 6 January for the Three Kings Day (or Dia de Los Reyes in Spanish), Malaga’s Christmas Lights will be switched off on 7 January. In addition to the sunshine, the lights make Malaga a fantastic destination to spend the festive season. So if you’re in the Costa del Sol, this is your last chance to catch it. And if not, here’s a few pics of this year’s show to whet your appetite for next year!
Malaga’s Christmas Lights
This Christmas season, the lights pay homage to the city’s famous cathedral. They take over Calle Larios, one of the main central shopping streets in the city. And, they truly are stunning!
The lights are switched on between 6.30pm to 2.00am. There is an added light show at 6.30pm and 9.30pm. The show lasts just a few minutes and is set to a few festive tunes that most will recognise. But if you’re not keen on big crowds, you may want to avoid the area around then as it can get very crowded for the shows. I enjoyed the lights best later on in the evening at around 10pm when it was easier to stroll beneath them and take pictures.
Fabulous in the daylight too
And just as the Cathedral’s stained glass windows provide a special treat with the sun shining through them, Malaga’s lights also do…
You’ll find many other streets in the city centre decorated with lights.
Three Kings Parade in Malaga and around
As with many cities across Spain, there will be a Three Kings Parade on 5 January (we explain it in more detail in our post on Spain in January). It’s the night before the Dia de Los Reyes when the ‘Three Kings’ would traditionally leave presents for children to open the next day. And parades always take place the evening before. Despite Santa’s increasing importance during the Spanish Christmas season, the Three Kings haven’t lost their popularity.
In Malaga, the parade will start at 5.00pm in front of the Town Hall. It will continue on through the park and around the city centre. You can see the full itinerary and a map of the route on malagaweb.com. It also has the details for the Three Kings Parade in Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella and Ronda.
See our post on Spain in January for more reasons to celebrate around the country even after the Kings have gone.