Think a beach resort won’t be festive enough for you? You’d be surprised. For those celebrating Christmas in Marbella, not only will the temperature put a smile on your face, but with our tips to get into the Christmas spirit, you’ll have the best of both worlds.
In Spain, the festive period runs until the 5th January so there are even more ways to enjoy yourself. You might just want to extend your stay to see them all.
Note: Santa still visits wherever you are. Phew!
1. Make it Sparkle
Have fun with Christmas decorations. In Marbella there are plenty of garden centres selling Christmas trees and home decoration shops like Casa on the Golden Mile give you a fantastic choice.
We say, the more bling the better!
2. Set the Mood
Play songs to get into the spirit. Our favourites? Michael Bublé “Christmas” album. You won’t be able to stop yourself from singing along.
3. Light a Fire
Think log fires, candles and soft lighting. Most of our villas come with their own fireplace and now is certainly the time to use it. There is something wonderful about a log fire on a winter evening in Marbella, when you know full well you will enjoy the sun again the next day!
4. Make a Mug of Cocoa, Spanish Style.
For an exotic twist on the classic hot chocolate, why not try a thick Spanish “chocolate caliente”, with optional churros? (Long dipping donuts.)
5. Get Your Skates On
Go Ice Staking- for those looking to experience the romantic dream of a winter wonderland, head to Fuengirola for the Christmas Village and ice rink, held in the “feria” arena or fairgrounds. Open Mon- Fri from 5pm to 10pm, public holidays and weekends from 12-3pm and 4-10pm. This is a real treat for families.
6. Explore the City Lights
We often recommend guests make the trip to Malaga to see the Christmas lights. Malaga is well worth a visit for its excellent shopping and stunning architecture but the famous illuminations above The Calle Larios won’t fail to make an impression.
7. Go Shopping
Department Store El Corte Ingles is known for its festive windows and lights, but this year they are ramping up the “festive feels” in Puerto Banus even more. Check out their Christmas market, open until midnight daily from December through to 5th January.
8. Soak up the Atmosphere in Marbella Old Town
Marbella Old Town and Orange Tree Square come into their own at Christmas; decorative lights shine over the cobbled streets, the smell of roast chestnuts fills the air and the little bars and boutiques offer a dreamy retreat for shoppers and sight-seers.
9. Ready, Set, Grapes!
Watch the local news for where to celebrate in 2021, (official announcements pending release at the time of press.) Often there is a countdown in the main square, but remember, wherever you are you need 12 grapes. That’s right, on New Year’s Eve in Spain, it’s traditional to eat 12 grapes, one for each chime of the clock at midnight. Can you eat yours in time?
10. See The Three Kings on January 5th
This is the most special part of the festive season for children in Spain. Every year on the 5th January, the three kings make a once yearly appearance on floats, throwing sweets into the crowd. This year, (to save you from tears) the parade will be a static exhibition in Marbella centre, but don’t worry as there will be just as much magic as other years.
Avda Ramon y Cajal, from 11am to 8pm, 5th January 2022
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