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The Christmas season will soon be upon us and with it comes the wonderful family atmosphere that the Costa del Sol does so well. From street parties to beach bars and everything in between, Malaga city and province offer limitless opportunities for fun and festive cheer, and it’s all just a short hop from CLC Club La Costa World.

Malaga offers one of, if not the best Christmas light displays in Spain. Millions of bulbs illuminate the city with a canopy of lights glimmering the length of Calle Larios to the Christmas tree in the Plaza de la Constitución. The trees in the Paseo de Parque are festooned with illuminations that brighten the cabanas beneath selling a variety of Christmas fare whilst the Alameda twinkles with the brilliance of a thousand stars. The big “switch on” this year is 24th November, and it’s always a popular event.

The streets of Malaga are lively, with the aroma of roasted chestnuts rising up from cauldron-like pots and mingling with the babble of conversation in the night air. Indulge yourself with churros dipped into mugs of thick hot chocolate or pop into a bar for a glass of cava or Malaga wine and a light tapa.

Make a song and dance

Malaga resounds with the sound of music as traditional and modern, organised and impromptu concerts continue the party atmosphere throughout the Advent season.

Annual Verdiales Festival

The Annual Verdiales Festival starts on 28th December at the Recinto Ferial del Puerto del Torre, on the road between Malaga and the village of Almogía, though the streets of central Malaga also play host to the ´pandas´ as the Verdiales groups are known. Reminiscent of English Morris dancers with their colourful headgear bedecked with flowers, ribbon, mirrors, bells and beads and energetic dance moves, this is folk music that brings out the happiness in everyone. The music is predominantly from guitar, lute, tambourines and castanets interspersed with rousing cries of “Ay” from the group members. The dancers need to be agile as their leaps and twirls coupled with specific gestures and finger clicks follow the 3 verse (copla) song structure.

Time for last minute shopping

There’s still time to purchase any last minute presents. The cabanas that run along the Paseo del Parque to Plaza de la Marina sell all you need to fill those big red stockings. You can snag yourself colourful hats and tambourines as a reminder of the Verdiales musicians and dancers or a bag of the traditional sweets, Roscos de Anís.

For high street shopping it’s back to the dazzling Calle Larios and Spanish fashion brands such as Desigual, Zara and Mango alongside international brands such as The Body Shop.

Whatever you wish from the festive season, Malaga is certain to deliver with its streets throbbing with fun and laughter from dusk ´til dawn.

Feliz Navidad!