Traditional zambomba
Traditional zambomba

Christmas on the horizon with carol concerts, traditional zambombas as well as classical music and jazz

  • Besides various live music events scheduled this month,charities along the coast are holding special Christmas concerts, fairs and coffee mornings while the Arts Society have lectures on Santa Claus.

Music and Dance

Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Concerts

Malaga.Auditorio del Museo Picasso de Málaga.

12 January, 8pm Quinteto de Jazz OFM.

2 February, 8pm Harmoniemusik Málaga.

9 March, 8pm Cuarteto para el fin de los tiempos.

.6 April, 8pm La Spagna.

11 May, 8pm Quinteto OFM.

1 June, 8pm Trío Círculo.


Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra

Malaga. Teatro Cervantes.

17, 18 December, 8pm Christmas concert with Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Rossini’s William Tell Overture. With tenor Eduardo Aladrén, bass/baritine Rui Silva and the Malaga Opera Choir.

3 January, 7pm New Year’s concert with works by Strauss II, Emile Waldteufel, Josef Strauss, Ruperto Chapí, Eduard Strauss, Piotr I. Tchaikovsky and Gerónimo Gimé Tickets:

Javier Ruibal

Malaga. 12 December, 7pm. Teatro Cervantes.

A concert with Javier Ruibal (vocals and guitar), Javi Ruibal (percussion) and Lucía Ruibal (dance). Tickets:

Dúo Dalí

Duo Dali, Almuñécar

Duo Dali, Almuñécar

Almuñécar. 13 December, 7pm. Auditorium of the Casa de La Cultura.

Aida Velert on piano and Fernándo Pascual on violin will be playing Romanza by F. Kreisler and Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in the first half and Sonata in A major for violin and piano (César Franck).

Malaga Jazz Festival

Malaga. .

19 December, 1pm. Suzette Quartett in Boulevar José Iturbi, Bailén Miraflores.

19 December, 4pm. Anachronic. Parque de la Alegría, Ciudad Jardín.

20 December, 1pm. Alicia Tamariz Quartet. Plaza de la Inmaculada, Churriana.

26 December, 1pm. Belle McNulty Quartet. Parque Virgen de las Cañas, Puerto de la Torre.


Malaga. 13 December, 12pm. Sala Trinchera, C/Parauta.

Rock’n’Roll music band Terral from Rincón de la Victoria in concert.

La Insostenible Big Band

Malaga. 19 December, 7pm. Teatro Cervantes.

The Big Band play XV Anniversary Rock Swings concert which includes tracks made famous by Nirvana, Queen, The Beatles, Guns’N’Roses, Bon Jovi, Oasis etc. Tickets:

Opera nights

Marbella. Wednesdays. Da Bruno Sul Mare.

La Traviata, The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro are just a few of the operas being performed. Reservations: 952903318 or

Chamber Jazz

Almuñécar. 21 December, 7pm. Auditorium of the Casa de La Cultura

Alicia Tamariz (vocals and piano) and Maripepa Contreras (oboe and Cor Anglais) in concert.

Spanish Carol Concert

Almuñécar. 11, 18, 30 December, 5-8pm. 24 December, 11.30am - 2pm

The María Gómez de la Canastería singing group will be performing Spanish carols in the old town and commercial centre. On 21 December, the Cosas Nuestras choir will be performing in the streets of the old town between 5 and 8pm.

Carol Concerts


17 December, 8pm. The Coral Torremolinos will be in concert in the Centro Cultural.

26 December, 7pm. The Coral Gospel Torremolinos will be in concert in the Plaza de la Independencia


Zambomba Flamenca

Zambomba Flamenca with Alejandro Estrada.

Zambomba Flamenca with Alejandro Estrada.

Malaga. 13 December. Teatro Cervantes.

Flamenco performance with the Antonio de Verónica dance company and Sara Cortés.

Alicia Moreno

Almuñécar. 21 December, 8pm. Auditorium of the Casa de La Cultura.

Flamenco performance.

Zambomba Flamenca with Alejandro Estrada

Malaga. 26 December, 7pm. Teatro Cervantes.

Spanish flamenco Christmas spectacular with Malaga flamenco singer Alejandro Estrada.

Rafael Riqueni

Malaga. 27 December, 7pm. Teatro Cervantes.

Flamenco guitarist soloist,Rafael Riqueni will be performing Herencias which will include legacies of the great flamenco maestros as well as new compositions.


Theatre for children

Torremolinos. Weekends from 12 December, noon.

A series of activities for children every Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas. Full details can be found on the town hall website:

Talks and Lectures

The Arts Society

Nerja. Online lectures.

The Arts Society Nerja starts a new season of lectures free online for members and supporters.

15 December, 6pm. Santa Claus. The art that turns him from St Nicholas to Father Christmas: Lecturer Christopher Bradley.

Fuengirola. Online lectures.

Santa Claus lectures

Santa Claus lectures

The Arts Society Costa del Sol streams lectures to its members. You can also register for a single lecture. To join email:

.14 December, 4.30pm. Santa Claus. The art that turns him from St Nicholas to Father Christmas: Lecturer Christopher Bradley.

British Consulate Residency Advice

Torre del Mar. 11 December, 10am - 4pm. Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Avda. Moscatel 1.

Fuengirola. 18 December, 10am - 4pm. Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre.

The British Consulate International organization for Migration, is coming to the Lux Mundi Centre to give free advice about residency status due to the approaching deadline on the 31st December. This is by appointment only of (half an hour each), only 9 appointments available. Tel. 952543334 or email: (Torre del Mar) Tel 952474 840 or email (Fuengirola).

Advice on getting residency

Nerja. 17 December, 10am. Centro Cultural. Free.

IOM UN Immigration are holding an informative event for UKnationals to apply for residency and TIE. Book a place, email:

Charity events

Charity Concert

Nerja. 20 December, 1.30pm. Iglesia de el Salvador, 25€.

To help twenty local families who will otherwise struggle to provide a Christmas for their families this year due to the pandemic. The Málaga Camerata Orchestra will play pieces by composers such as Handel, Pachebel, Bizet, Praetorius and Reading. Tickets: 690073871 or email:

La Cochera Cabaret

Malaga. 12 December, 12pm. Avda de los Guindos.

Juan Pinilla and Rojo Cancionero will be in concert to raise funds for the Asociación Al Quds ( 15€ donation. Tickets:


Alhaurín de la Torre Open every Sunday 9am - 2pm.

The ARCH team at the Rescue Centre for Horses and Donkeys have resumed their popular Sunday open mornings. Visitors can come and meet the volunteers and the current residents. More information on Facebook: Centro Andalusi de Rescate de Caballos or

Clubhouse Gibraltar Charity Shop

Gibraltar 304a Main Street.

Clubhouse Gibraltar mental health support charity now has a selection of Christmas decorations, trees and gifts.

Christmas Charity Stalls

Mijas Every Wednesday and Saturday, 11am, in the square outside the town hall in La Cala.

There will be tables manned by charities from along the coast selling all types of Christmas gifts and crafts.

More ideas

Christmas Fair

Malaga. 13 December, 12.30pm. St George’s Chruch, Avd de Pries.

Christmas gifts, home-made jams and preserves, baked goods, second-hand books and clothing and accessories. Food and beverages will be available from the bar. Free entry.

Lux Mundi Carol service

Torre del Mar. 12 December, 5.30pm. San Andrés parish church.

An ecumenical carol service. Call: 952 543 334 or email:

Christmas Carol Service

Malaga. 16 December, 7pm. St George’s Chruch, Avd de Pries.

Due to COVID restrictions, numbers are limited. Reservations contact Victoria: with your name and contact details. After the Service, mince pies and mulled wine will be served and the Christmas Raffle will be drawn.

Father Christmas

Horizonte Proyecto Hombre Marbella.

Horizonte Proyecto Hombre Marbella.

Almuñécar. 21, 22, 23 December, 5-8pm. Plaza Madrid.

Father Christmas will be stopping by to greet the children. Royal postboxes (for the Three Kings) will be situated in the Plaza Constitución, Plaza Madrid, Carrera de la Concepción, Plaza Magnolios, Plaza de Los Higuitos and Plaza del Acuario.

Christmas Panto

Fuengirola. 2-5 January, 7pm. Salon Varietes, C/ Emancipación.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Matinee performances at 2pm 3, 5 January. No evening performance on 5 January.

Lux Mundi Taize Prayer meetings

Torre del Mar. 18 December, 8.45pm. San Andrés parish church.

Place a candle with the names of loved ones who have departed and pray for all those who have lost their lives through the pandemic. Send an email or Whatsapp to be included in the prayers. Call: 952 543 334 or email:

Fuengirola. 17 December, 7pm. San José church.

To be included in the prayers email:

Lux Mundi coffee mornings

Torre del Mar. From Friday 18 December, 11am - 1pm. Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Avda Moscatel.

Coffee mornings with coffee, tea or fruit juice with a piece of cake. A boutique with a range of new and nearly new clothing and accessories and also a wide stock of second hand English books.

17 December. Trip to Gibraltar. Various departure times and pick-up points. Passport needed. Tel.952 543 334 or email:

18 December. A special Christmas coffee morning.

Diver Arte for children

Torremolinos. Until 8 May 2021, 12-1.30pm. Centro Cultural Pablo Ruiz Picasso.

Art workshops dedicated to the History of Art for children. Painting and creativity workshops and exhibitions of works. Registration at the centre or call: 952053835.

Free Cinematography Courses

Mijas. 12, 13 December. Casa Museo Mijas.

Learn the basics for creating audio-visual texts etc. In Spanish. Register: or call 952590380. Students should bring 3kg of non perishable foods on the first day of the workshops which will go in the food bank.

Guided walks


Cártama town hall.

Limited places. Reservations up to Friday before the walk at Cártama town hall or call: 951 010 872

13 December. 8km tour of El Peñon de Algámitas in Seville.


Museo del Patrimonio Municipal


Tuesdays to Sundays. Avda de Cervantes 4.

With art collections from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century as well as artifacts, documents etc. relating to the economical, social and cultural development of the city of Malaga through the centuries.

Museo Interactivo de la Música


Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.30am - 2.30pm. C/Beatas, 15.

The museum holds workshops and has a varied display of instruments which recently included an exhibition of Aztec death whistles.

Museo de Málaga


Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am - 3pm. Palacio de la Aduana.

The museum has an eclectic collection which includes art, sculpture and artefacts dating from prehistory up to the nineteenth century. Entry to the permanent collection is free to residents of the European Union but only in the morning.

Museo Arqueologíco


Tuesdays to Fridays, 8am - 3pm. The old Town Hall.

The archaeology museum of Estepona is located in the old Casa Consistorial (town hall).

Museo Automoilístico y de la Moda


Mondays to Sundays. Avda Sor Teresa Prat, 15.

The museum includes vintage vehicles and motor cycles from the end of the nineteenth century and incredible examples of haute couture from some of the biggest fashion houses.

Visits and attractions

El Caminito del Rey


Check opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.


Centro de la Prehistoria de Guadalteba


Check opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions. Open from 10am - 2pm.

More information call: 952458046 or email:

Iglesia Rupestre Mozárabe Bobastro


Check opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions. Open from 10am - 2pm.

More information call: 952458046 or email:

The Dolmens


Check opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions. Closed Mondays with some exceptions.

The World Heritage site, the prehistoric Dolmens of Antequera. Free entry. Reservations: or call 952712206 / 07 or 670945453

Alcazaba and Gibralfaro


Check opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Numbers to both monuments are restricted.

Nerja Caves


Currently closed.

Entry is restricted and family units must retain five metres between them. A thermal camera measures the temperature of every visitor and gloves and hand sanitiser is made available.

Ornithological park Loro Sexi


Check opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions. Open from 10am - 2pm. C/Bikini, 1.

Just 100 metres from the Castillo San Miguel, the Loro Sexi park has held an important collection of exotic birds for over thirty years.

Parque Botánico-Orquidario


Check opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions. Closed Mondays.

The orchidarium is on two levels and contains a huge variety of orchids, many of which will be in bloom this summer as well as other species that are found in the orchids' natural habitat.

Selwo Marina


Check opening times due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Masks must be worn throughout the route and limited numbers allowed in some of the spaces and activities.