Torremolinos will be getting in the Yuletide spirit when the Christmas lights are illuminated on Tuesday 5 December. The ceremony will mark the start of the town's three-week festive programme of events and attractions. These will include an open-air New Year's Eve party in Plaza La Nogalera and the Three Kings parade on Friday 5 January. As usual, the traditional nativity scene will be situated in the town hall, while Santa's grotto and the artisan market will be located in the Plaza Costa del Sol.
The Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Torremolinos, José Ortiz, at 8pm and this will be followed by a special Christmas concert in Plaza Costa del Sol. Malaga-based flamenco group, Casa Pestiño, will present a show of zambombas, song forms that have long since come to mean a Christmas carol, as sung all over Spain in the weeks leading to Christmas. The concert is free and will begin around 8.30pm and visitors will experience a traditional style Andalusian Christmas gathering, where audience participation adds to the ambience of the affair.
The town hall has also organised several initiatives to assist local disadvantaged families during the Christmas period. Volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food at the entrances of the town's larger supermarkets and a weekly charity market that will be held in Plaza Andalucía.