Christmas Lights In Malaga

The date for the inauguration of the Christmas lights and sound show in Málaga will be the 26th November at 7pm, continuing the tradition of making the last Friday in the month the date for the big switch on and the official start of the Christmas period in Málaga city centre. From that moment the entire length of the main shopping street of Málaga, Calle Larios, along with several other parts of the city, will be lit up every night for 6 festive weeks.

The lights stretch along Calle Larios and continue into the Plaza de la Constitución in which there is an 18 metre Christmas tree. Other gigantic illuminated trees are placed around the city, although their locations may change from year to year.


Anyone who has visited the city centre for the occasion in previous years will recall that taking the bus or joining an organised trip may be a less stressful option, as parking is in demand and the traffic congestion can overwhelm the centre. Click the link below for an organised trip.


Preparing the spectacular starts well in advance each year, and once the designs are completed, the installation begins in September. Over four million lights are switched on every night until the festive season ends with the arrival of the Three Kings on 6th January.


Every year newspapers carry stories of the ambitious operation; the sheer quantity of bulbs and LED strips is quite mind-boggling. They, and the local council are keen to point out that the electric consumption has actually fallen dramatically over recent years due to the type of bulbs used, despite the designs becoming ever more elaborate and spectacular.

For 2021 and the next two years, the council has passed the design and construction of the illuminations to a private contractor, who will receive an eye-watering sum of over 3.5 million euros for their services over the three year period.


In 2019, the last opening of the lights before the Covid restrictions, it was Antonio Banderas who officiated, and to add to the spectacle, a light show was projected onto the wall of the Alcazaba.


However last year, with concerns about crowds gathering in the city centre, the exact date and time for switch-on was kept secret to prevent people from gathering together in large numbers. The display was as astonishing as ever despite the low key event that accompanied it.


What was missing were the sound shows at two hourly intervals during the evenings. While huge crowds did keep away to some extent, a light show like this has to be seen to be fully appreciated and there was some controversy about it attracting groups of people to the city centre at the time.


This year the Christmas Sound and Light Show will take place between 7pm and 10pm every night. Once again to avoid crowds gathering together in large numbers, no one will know the exact time.


This year the shows will not just light up the city centre; it has been announced that the La Concepción Botanical Gardens will also feature a show called “a journey through the spirit of Christmas” which will be open from 27th November until 9th January and feature fairground rides, floating stars in the lakes and laser and light shows.


Be sure to visit Malaga Cathedral whilst you are there as from Tuesday 28th December 3D imagery from the Nativity Story will be displayed on the south tower of the Cathedral, also accompanied by the sound and light show.  The display once again will take place between 7pm and 10pm to avoid the big crowds.


The council has let the press know that the Alameda Principal, Avenida de Andalucía, certain city centre roundabouts and the fountain in the Plaza de la Solidaridad will also feature displays.


If you have never taken the trip into the centre to marvel at the lights, the ingenuity of the designs and the sheer scale of the entire operation, it really is worth the trip.


Apart from gazing up at the light display, there is plenty more on offer in the city centre, such as the Christmas market at the Parque de Málaga, a stone’s thrown from Calle Larios where you can take a walk and enjoy the atmosphere, pick up some novelties or items for your own “Belén” Bethlehem scene, or buy a gift or two.


And a firm Christmas favourite, the poinsettia plant, will be both for sale in shops and markets, and also adorning public spaces with its bright festive colours.


Businesses will be hoping that the lights attract visitors to the centre to shop and buy refreshments, so if you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, seeing the Málaga Christmas lights is one thing you do not really want to miss out on, and if the last few years’ offerings are anything to go by, you will have a truly memorable evening.