A photo of Malaga's lights in a previous year on Calle Larios. / SUR

Malaga voted among the 20 best cities for Christmas lights in Europe

The switch-on of Malaga city's spectacular display - this year back close to normal in terms of scale - is scheduled for the evening of 26 November

RAQUEL MERINO

Users of a high-profile travel website have voted Malaga's annual Christmas lights as among the top 20 in Europe.

The website, European Best Destinations, says, "Malaga is one of the most innovative destinations for Christmas lighting." It also highlights Malaga's Christmas markets, street concerts and decorations in other parts of the city. Madrid is the only other Spanish city in the top-20 ranking.

Other cities featured include Montbéliard, Nice and Reims, in France; Prague; Monaco; Salerno, in Italy; Edinburgh; Vienna; Gdansk; and London.

Big switch-on

The switch-on of Malaga city's spectacular display - this year back close to normal in terms of scale - is scheduled for the evening of 26 November.

The lights have been installed by Cordoba-province-based designers Ximénez, who have expanded internationally in recent years on the strength of their displays.

It still wasn't clear this week if the centrepiece display on Calle Larios would have a sound and light show as in previous years.

Meanwhile, Malaga city council has been given the go ahead by regional government for its planned light display at the historic La Concepción botanical gardens, some 5km from the city centre.