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Nativity scenes and carols usher in the festive period

The nativity play in Marbella's Alameda.
The nativity play in Marbella's Alameda. / JOSELE-LANZA
  • Towns across the province are preparing for Christmas in their own unique styles

As the big day draws closer, a number of towns and cities the breadth of Malaga province have been preparing for Christmas with a series of events, some traditional, others more unusual.

In Marbella, the central Alameda park was on Sunday taken over by a living nativity in which the story of the birth of Jesus was recreated according to the holy scriptures in front of an amazed audience.

Some 125 volunteers, from actors to costume designers, helped with the production with also included live animals. The event, celebrating its 32nd year, raised funds for the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer .

The air of Malaga city centre, meanwhile, was filled with the sound of Christmas as around twenty 'pastorales' groups from across the province passed through the streets, singing local, traditional carols.

While most public buildings in the country have a nativity scene, there is something more unusual underwater in Benalmádena: visitors and rays alike will be able to take in the 'belén' unveiled recently at the Sea Life aquarium.