The lights at Malaga's La Concepción were previewed this week. / S. SALAS

Costa del Sol prepares for big Christmas light switch-on

Marbella and San Pedro were the first to do so, with Malaga city's big show kicking-off on Friday

SUR COSTA DEL SOL.

Christmas lights are going on in towns and villages across the Costa del Sol and Malaga province this week and the next.

Marbella and San Pedro were two of the first areas off the blocks on Thursday with a special show in Marbella's Orange Square among other events.

The big switch-on for tonight (Friday, 26 November) is in Malaga city, recently voted one of the best places in Europe for festive illuminations. Besides the traditional focal point on swanky Calle Larios with a music and light show, 500 other central and outlying streets will be decorated. Fuengirola also switches on today as does Estepona and many other locations in the area. Some places, such as Ronda, will wait for next week to turn theirs on.

Generally, town halls are increasing their spending compared to much reduced levels last year, during the worst point of the Covid pandemic, and returning to levels last seen in 2019.

One eagerly awaited new holiday lights attraction on the Costa is the illumination of the famous tropical gardens at the La Concepción estate on the edge of Malaga. The city council hopes to diversify its lights away from the city centre this way. Paid tickets for La Concepción are available online from 27 November to 9 January.