Malaga gets ready to switch on its lights as other Costa towns turn festive as well

The giant bauble in Fuengirola's Plaza de España.
The giant bauble in Fuengirola's Plaza de España. / I.G.
  • The city switches on its celebrated display after Fuengirola got ahead with its own record-beating lights

Christmas is coming and town centres are working hard to attract shoppers and sightseers. Today, Friday, 30 November, Malaga city centre switches on its eagerly awaited illuminations, with the central point as ever being Calle Larios.

Here the famous tunnel of light has been brought back again and, as well as the fixed lighting, three times a day there will be an animated light show on this main pedestrianised shopping street, at 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm.

Today's switch-on is at 7pm and thousands in the city tonight to see the event will be given luminous sticks to wave along to the music with.

In addition, this year visitors will be able to walk inside the main Christmas tree display on the Plaza de la Constitución.

In all, over 2 million LED bulbs have been used in Malaga's displays across the city. The council is spending 733,211 euros this year, some eight per cent up on last year, with the aim of encouraging shoppers into the smaller businesses.

The Malaga lights can be seen until January 6th.

Fuengirola goes first

Fuengirola was one of the first places to switch on its Christmas lights last Friday. Besides a record number of LED lights for the resort, this year a giant bauble, the only one of its type in Spain, will display Christmas messages and images in the Plaza de España, by the town hall.

There will also be an 18-metre- high tree in Plaza San Rafael, Los Boliches. Some 70 streets and a dozen parks and squares will have lights in Fuengirola.

Christmas lights are also on in Estepona already and tonight, Friday is the turn of Marbella and San Pedro to switch on their display with separate programmes of events. Vélez-Málaga and Torre del Mar lights will go on at nightfall on 4 and 5 December respectively and in Nerja in the first week of December.