Preview

The two-kilometre fixed route through the gardens will take visitors through 31 vantage points. / SALVADOR SALAS

SUR gets a sneak preview of Malaga's new 'magical' Christmas light spectacular

Visitors will be guided by music on a 90-minute tour around the city's La Concepción botanical garden, which features more than two million points of light

JUAN SOTO

When you first enter the garden, there are no Christmas baubles, reindeer or Santa Claus. Nor is Mariah Carey heard singing her now traditional 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'. Quite the opposite.

The Christmas spectacular that will premiere on Saturday in Malaga’s historic La Concepción botanical garden is more sober and plays with light to create magical scenes. And, before the official switch on, SUR was given a sneak preview to see first-hand what is in store for visitors.

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The two-kilometre fixed route through the gardens will take visitors through 31 vantage points where they can take photographs or simply soak up the atmosphere. All of them marked on a map that the visitor can download on their mobile as soon as they start the visit, and the complete experience will take about an hour and a half.

Soothing music

Guided only by soothing music, that changes in each of the sections, along the way visitors will be able to enjoy subtle lighting and there are hardly any traditional Christmas references (only fairies and some giant balls) before ending up at the final show 'Memories of Amalia', which takes place on the lake, illustrating the history of the garden with images projected on a waterfall.

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Unique

SUR was accompanied on the preview visit by the creative director of Proactiv, the company that has staged the spectacular, Héctor Sánchez. This year Proactiv have mounted similar shows in Barcelona and Valencia. But Sánchez believes the one in Malaga is the most spectacular of all, since the display space is unique.

The Christmas show will run from 27 November until 9 January 2022. It will be held from 6.30 pm to 11 pm each evening so as not to interfere with the ordinary operation of the gardens during the day.