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Costa del Sol lights up for Christmas

Lights in Malaga’s Paseo del Parque shortly after switch-on.
Lights in Malaga’s Paseo del Parque shortly after switch-on. / Fernando González
  • The countdown to the festive season has begun as towns and villages roll out their annual decorations and celebrations

Sightseers and shoppers of all ages packed the streets across Malaga province last night as colourful lighting displays were switched on to entice us all into shops and to get us in the festive spirit.

Malaga city centre

The capital of the Costa del Sol burst into life with an innovative light show, the first of its type in Spain.

Once again, the city’s popular Christmas illuminations focus on Calle Larios, the main pedestrian street. This year a sound and light spectacular has been developed with twice-nightly audiovisual shows, including excerpts from popular songs such as Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’. The shows will take place at 6.30pm and 9pm every night until January 6th. There is no show tonight, Friday, because of the protest march against violence against women in the city centre.

Councillors have said that if the dynamic new display is a success they could roll it out to other parts of the city centre next year.

The side streets around Calle Larios and main boulevards are also decorated and in total over 1.7 million LEDbulbs have been installed.

From last night visitors to the city can also ride the big wheel in the port opposite Plaza de la Marina once again. It had been closed since the summer while its licence was being renewed. Courts have once again rejected local residents’ complaints that it is too close to their homes

Marbella and San Pedro

Marbella kicked off its festivities last night with lights going on first in San Pedro then an hour later in Marbella centre. This year the illuminated Christmas tree has been put up in Avenida Nabeul after recent major improvement works in this part of the centre.

In San Pedro, there are more decorations this year in the Plaza de la Iglesia and for the first time lights have been placed on key roundabouts outside the town.

Estepona

Estepona will switch on its annual display tonight (Friday). This year the lighting has been increased by some 15 per cent, with a new illuminated steel tree on the Unión Europea roundabout in the town centre and more overhead lights on Avenida Puerta del Mar. The town’s official nativity scene will be in the Parque Botánico.

Smurf Christmas for Júzcar

Councillors in Júzcar, near Ronda, have announced that their Christmas lights will be turned on Saturday 3 December.

The mountain village, with just 238 people, is well-known for being painted blue, rather than traditional white, after being used as a location for the Smurfs film franchise. This year the lights will have a Smurf theme and will be switched on by singer Edurne. The third film in the Smurf series will be premiered in the village in March next year.

Fuengirola

Fuengirola also switched on its lights last night, as well as opening the town’s traditional nativity scene. Over half a million lights are decorating the town. The local museum will also be holding a nativity scene exhibition this year. Last Friday the Miramar shopping centre opened its ice rink and Christmas light display.