Christmas is fast approaching, and nothing makes you feel more festive than the arrival of the Christmas lights. Shopping in the dark, with the lights shining and twinkling overhead is an integral part of the Christmas experience, and this year the Christmas lights in Malaga are set to be bigger and better than ever. The city council in the region has invested an additional 200,00 euros in their light installations this year, in a bid to attract visitors to the city this holiday season, as well as to cover some of the shortfall after a number of sponsors withdrew from this year’s event. If you’re thinking of spending Christmas in Malaga then here’s everything you need to know:
Installing Malaga’s Light Display
Although the lights were installed, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there were no musical light shows or official opening of the festive displays in 2020 to avoid crowds gathering in the city. Thanks to a decline in case numbers, things will look very different this year.
Malaga’s Christmas light display is considered to be one of the biggest in Europe, and the city is frequently named Spain’s ‘Capital of Christmas’. Malaga’s Christmas light installation will cost 1 million euros this year, and the installation of the display will be undertaken by the Ximénez Lighting company who are responsible for previous year’s successful, sparking displays. Installing the lights is such a significant project that work began on 27th September.
When will the Malaga Christmas Lights Be Switched On?
The 2021 Malaga light switch-on will officially take place on Friday 26th November at 6.30pm. They will remain switched on every night from 6.30pm until midnight. The lights will be switched off at midnight on 6th January, after the Three Kings Parade has taken place.
Where is the Best Place to See the Christmas Lights?
If you’re heading to Malaga for the first time, you may be wondering where the best place to go is to see the Christmas lights. The focal point of the display is the Alameda Principal, where you will find an abundance of leaf-themed hanging lights in the ficus trees, and six lavishly lit almond trees too. Other streets that have notable arches and displays include Calle Granada, Calle San Juan, and Calle Carcer.
If your passion is for Christmas trees then you can take a walk around the city and hunt for the five giant trees. These are located at:
- At Plaza de la Marina.
- At Plaza de la Constitución, where it is possible to go “inside” the tree.
- At Plaza del Obispo, where the tree is best enjoyed at night, in conjunction with the illuminated Cathedral façade.
- At Plaza de Enrique García Herrera, where the tree is located on the square to the west of Calle San Juan.
- Finally, at Huelin Park, where the tree lights up the lake.
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