The light display at La Concepción botanical gardens. / EFE

Live concerts, theatre and other things to do over Christmas

Blues, jazz, flamenco and classical concerts are planned all across the province as well as opera and dance performances

DENISE BUSH

Music and dance

La Cochera Cabaret

Malaga. Avenida de los Guindos.

4 December, 12pm. Javier Ruibal. A concert for all ages, jazz and poular music. 5€.

7 December, 9pm. IX AniversarioSociedad Blues Málaga. Suzette Moncrief, The Gangberries, Hot Nasho and others.

info@lacocheraentradas.com

Concerts at the Museum

Malaga. Patio de las Columnas, Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga.

10 December, 7.30pm. The Discantus Choir.

11 December, 7pm.The María Cortés Choir.

14 December, 7.30pm. The Orfeón de Málaga.

15 December, 7.30pm. The Pan Con Aceite choir.

16 December, 7.30pm. La Malagueña Sinfónica choir.

Ventana Abierta Jazz Club

Nerja. Hotel Plaza Cavana, C/Granada.

3 December, 8pm. The Enrique Oliver Trío play the last concert of the season. www.ventana-abierta.es

Jazz concerts

Vélez-Málaga. 10 December, 7pm. Centro de Arte Contemporáneo.

The Ana Sánchez Quartet.

Rita Rogar

Almuñécar. 13 December, 7.30pm. Auditorio Casa de la Cultura.

The concert Caleidoscopo with recorder player Rita Rogar and harpsichord player Alejandro Fernández Martínez .

The Málaga Philarmonic Orchestra

Malaga. Various venues.

16, 17 December, 8pm. Teatro Cervantes. Music by composers Mahler and Forrest with soprano Cristina van Roy, mezzosoprano Eglè Šidlauskait the Carmina Nova and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Málaga choirs. The orchestra will be conducted by José María Moreno.

More information: www.orquestafilarmonicademalaga.com Twitter: @filarmonimalaga or Facebook: www.facebook.com/FilarmonicaMalaga.

The Rob Sas Band

Estepona. Louie Louie Bar, Estepona Port.

10 December, 10.30pm. The Rob Sas band returns for a night of live rock music.

11 December, 10pm, Benavista. The Rob Sas band will be playing in the Melòdia bar and restaurant.

Anastasia

Estepona. 12 December. Auditorio Felipe VI.

A tribute act.

The Nutcracker

Estepona. 15 December. Auditorio Felipe VI.

The Russian Ballet school perform Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, The Nutcracker.

Concerts until Christmas

Almuñécar. Until 18 December. Casa de la Cultura.

The Joven Orquesta Mediterráneo and the Orquesta de Cámara Mediterránea with the Ópera de Granada choir, will be presenting a programme of twelve concerts leading up to Christmas. www.almunecar.info

Flamenco

Winter Musical Agenda

Torremolinos. Until 23 December, 8pm. Picasso Cultural Centre.

11 December. Isaac de los Reyes, flamenco, ballet and contemporary dancer.

23 December. Classical pianist Manuel López.

Tickets: wwwlatiendadelasentradas.com

Flamenco - Soul

Almuñécar. 3 December, 9pm. Auditorio Casa de la Cultura.

Flamenco singer Antonio Gómez, “El Turry” presents his new recording Borracho de Arte.

Copla, Flamenca y Navidad

Estepona. 4 December. Auditorio Felipe VI.

A flamenco show with Laura Gallego.

Zambombá Flamenca

Estepona. 10 December. Auditorio Felipe VI.

With the Antonio de Verónica Company and Saray Cortés.

Lole Montoya

Estepona. 17 December, 8pm. Auditorio Felipe VI.

Lole Montoya is joined by her daughter Alba Molina in this concert that starts the Estepona Music Fest, a series of musical and gastronomical events. Tickets: entradas.esteponamusicfest.com.

Villancicos

Estepona. 17 December, 7.30pm. Auditorio Casa de la Cultura.

Spanish carols with María Gómez, La Canastera.

Zambombá

Malaga. Various venues.

10 December. Hermanos Ballesteros. Plaza de Félix Saenz.

11 December. María Cortés. Plaza de Félix Saenz.

22 December. Manuel de la Curra. Plaza de la Merced.

23 December. Hermanas Alarcón. Soho, Calle Tomás Heredía.

Vélez-Málaga. Various venues.

6 December, 1pm. Zambombá Flamenca de Vélez-Málaga in the Plaza de San Francisco

10 December, 8pm. Así Canta Jerez en Navidad is the title of this festive flamenco show in the Plaza de Las Carmelitas.

12 December, 12.30pm. Zambombá Flamenca de Vélez-Málaga in the Plaza de San Francisco.

Rincón de la Victoria. Plaza Al Andalus.

6 December, 1pm. Zambombá flamenca de María Cortés: Semblanza Navideña.

Almáchar. Plaza de España.

8 December, 5.30pm. The Luz de la Luna and Aires de la Axarquía choirs will be singing and there will be hot chocolate and Christmas sweets.

Theatre and opera

Teatro Soho Caixa Bank

Malaga. Until 27 March.

The new theatrical production from the theatre is the Broadway musical Company starring Antonio Banderas. Tickets from El Corte Inglés.

Alice in Wonderland Musical

Marbella. 18 December, 8pm. Marbella Arena.

A musical adaptation of the Lewis Carrol book by Wonderland Espectáculos. For children 7 years and older. In Spanish. Tickets: https://marbellaarena.com/eventosma/alicia-en-el-pais-de-las-maravillas/

Charity

ARCH

Alharurín El Grande. 10am-4pm, Viño Borrego.

The ARCH team at the Rescue Centre for Horses and Donkeys have resumed their popular Sunday open mornings. Children can groom the donkeys and ponies, and volunteers are on hand to explain the charity’s work. More information on Facebook: Centro Andalusi de Rescate de Caballos or www.horserescuespain.org

Memory walk for Alzheimer’s

Mijas Costa. 4 December, Siesta Golf, Calahonda.

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group are organising a 6km walk in memory of or for a loved one, to raise money for the association which provides help and support for people with Alzheimers or dementia through carers and a dedicated support group. Sponsor forms: donationsadsg@gmail.com or via Whatsapp: 610774408 or pop into Medicare Clinic La Cala.

Ceramic sale for Cudeca

Estepona. 5 December,10am-4pm. Totem Ceramics Pottery School, near Cancelada.

Handcrafted ceramics made by teachers and students at Totem Ceramics Pottery School will be for sale. Twenty per cent of each sale will go to Cudeca. www.TotemCeramics.com

Charity Golf Tournament

Mijas. 11 December, La Cala Golf.

The stableford individual tournament is in aid of DEBRA, Cudeca and Casa Ronald McDonlad Malaga charities. Green fee is 65€ with buggy and picnic. Prizes. Register: info@debra.es Or call: 674 111952

Lectures and talks

The Arts Society

Nerja. 7 December, 6pm.On screen at the Centro Cultural or by zoom to your home. Guests welcome 10€ .

Rembrandt: Bohemian, Businessman, Romantic or Rebel. A lecture by Jane Choy-Thurlow. www.theartssocietynerje.com

The Arts Society de la Frontera

San Roque. 8 December, 11am. San Roque Golf and Country Club.

The Queen of instruments: The Lute within Old Master paintings. Lecturer Adam Busiakiewicz. Visitors: 12€ includes a glass of wine after lecture. delafrontera@theartssociety.org / 634287821

National Museum lecture series

Gibraltar. Monthly at John Mackintosh Hall.

Hocus pocus 2021 celebrates its 20th anniversary with shows until the New Year.

16 December, 7pm. Anthony Pitaluga MBE. Introduction to the Gibraltar National Archives: 100 years of History.

13 January, 7pm. Dr Jennifer Ballantine. “Two Gibraltars - the one that lies before him and the one that exists in his mind” (Mark Sanchez, Ruina): The convergence of the past upon Gibraltar’s fast changing topography.

17 February, 7pm. Professor Clive Finlayson: From the Pillars of Heracles to Jebel Tarik: Gibraltar from 800 BCE to 1462 CE.

17 March, 7pm. Dr Stewart Finlayson: Underworld.

21 April, 7pm. Dr Keith Bensusan: Ocean Wanderers, Near and Far. Seabirds throughout the World.

26 May, 7pm. Professor Geraldine Finlayson: Tales from the Gibraltar Museum.

Christmas Markets/Events

Christmas Market.

Almuñécar. Until 8 December. Paseo del Altillo.

Christmas gifts, art and crafts. Food and drinks plus music.

Christmas market at Cascada

Marbella. 9 December, 2pm. Cascada Cocina & Bar.

A market selling gifts, arts and crafts, a magician, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Email: info@cascadamarbella.com Call: 623001465

Christmas Concert for Cat Rescue Charity

Alhaurín el Grande. 10 December, from 1pm for a meal, 3pm for the concert only. Venta la Recta.

The cabaret-style concert will be in two parts with the first half consisting of popular songs and the second half dedicated to Christmas songs and carols. Tickets for the concert from Papelería Cristina, 10€. The meal is an extra 11€. Reservations: 627293609.

Marbella Christmas concert

Marbella. 10 December, 6pm . Centro Cultural Cortijo Miraflores, Marbella.

The Group of adult piano students orchestra will play classic and modern Christmas songs, as well as play individual pieces. Entry is free.

Jingle Bells Concert

Axarquía. Various venues.

18 December, 3pm. El Pianista del Carmen, Vélez-Málaga.

19 December, 6pm. Scirocco restaurant, Puente Don Manuel.

Christmas Concert for Special Needs

Alhaurín el Grande. 10 December, 7pm. Casa de la Cultura. 5€..

To raise funds for the Fahala Centre for Adults with Special Needs, the TAPAS choir will be performing Christmas songs in English and in Spanish. Traditional refreshments available.

Christmas Concert

Marbella. 10 December, 6pm. Centro Cultural Cortijo Miraflores. Free.

A concert with piano students from the Centro de Divulgación Musical del Mediterráneo especially for Christmas.

Christmas fair.

Periana. 10 December, 12 December, 10am-2pm. Salón María Zambrano.

Lucky dip and raffle, mulled wine, coffee and cakes, lots of stalls selling various items. In support of the Red Cross and Esperanza charities.

Foreign residents Christmas Market

Almuñécar. From 10 until 12 December, 11am - 8pm. Plaza de la Constitución.

Stalls selling gifts, food and drinks etc.

Choir concerts for Christmas

Vélez-Málaga. 11 December, 8pm.

Coraxalia International Choir in the Convento de San Francisco.

Almuñécar. 17 December, 8pm.

Coro Ciudad de Almuñécar at the Iglesia de la Encarnación.

Salobreña. 18 December, 8pm.

Coro Villa de Salobreña in the Iglesia de Ntra Señora del Rosario.

For more information: eucorax@hotmail.es or call: 689111352

Christmas Extravaganza

Casarabonela. 11 December, from 3.30pm. Cortijo Chenil Caballos.

Mini Christmas Market with crafts and gifts, a selection of food and drinks with a free glass of mulled wine for everyone. Traditional festive games and various great prizes in the Christmas raffle. The event is to raise money for Operation Great Escape. info@cortijoelchenil.com

Conciertos para Navidad

Málaga. Bailén Miraflores.

11 December. 8pm. The Gibraljaire band will be performing in the Iglesia de los Ángeles (Plaza de Miraflores).

12 December, 11am. Zambomba with the Hermanas Alarcón in the same venue.

Scandinavian Christmas Concerts

Mijas. 12 December, 7.30pm. IPV Palace Hotel.

The Collegium Musicum choir will be performing seasonal music associated with Scandinavia. Tickets: info@colmus.org, www.colmus.org

Carol Concert

Alhaurín de la Torre. 12 December, 4pm. La Risa, Lauro Golf.

Christmas carols with the TAPAS choir. Free.

Sweet Christmas Walk

Mijas Pueblo. 12, 19 December, 4.30pm. Plaza Virgen de la Peña, 2.

Walk through the streets of Mijas, lit by festive lights and decorated with Christmas trees, and taste homemade and traditional sweets. Reservations and more information: mijassecrets@gmail.com

International Concert

Mijas Pueblo. 15 December. Las Lagunas Theatre.

The TAPAS choir are taking part in this concert organised by Mijas town hall.

More information: chair.tapassociety@gmail.com

Nine lessons and carols

Malaga. 15 December, 7pm. St George’s church, Avda de Pries.

The service will be accompanied by the Orfeón Pre Universitario de Málaga.

Mercado navideño

Estepona. From 17 December until 6 January. 6-11pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm-midight weekends and bank holidays. Gardens of the Parque Botánico-Orquidario..

Crafts, books and typical food items.

International Christmas Festival

Arroyo de la Miel. 17, 18, 19 December, from 1pm. Plaza de la Mezquita. Free.

International gastronomy, dance and music performances, typical products.

City Hall Christmas Fair

Gibraltar. 8 December, 10am-5pm.

Tickets 3€, under 12s are free. See Santa and get a small gift, 5€. Book your slot: www.buytickets.gi

ACE

Calahonda. 18 December, 7pm. Los Olivos Restaurant..

The ACE Dog Shelter will be holding its Annual Christmas Fundraiser at the Los Olivos Restaurant (in the commercial centre in Calahonda). With live entertainment from singer Laura Elen plus a Charity Auction with prizes donated by local businesses and ACE supporters. Tickets include a three-course meal with vegetarian options. Tickets: Los Olivos Restaurant, Ibex Insurance (Fuengirola) and Snack Attack (La Cala de Mijas). Call: 606145359 647647671

Concerts and Dance in the Park

Estepona. Gardens of the Parque Botánico-Orquidario.

17 December, 8pm. A Christmas concert by the group The Vintage Experience.

18 December, 8pm. Dance performance by the Martina Tessaro Dance School.

19 December. Mezzosoprano Clarice Williams performs Deseos de Navidad.

21 December. The international choir love To Sing.

22 December. Christmas concert with Noelia Quiñones and Jerry Erola.

30 December. Spanish carols with the Agrupación Musical Jesús Cautivo and the Christmas music Show with the Escuela de Artes Escénicas U-Talent!

Christmas Gala Dinner for Cudeca

Marbella. 16 December, 7.30pm. Villa Tiberio.

Gala dinner in aid of Cudeca with aperitifs, three-course dinner, wine and coffee included, live music, dancing, tombola. Price per person 75€, 25€ of which goes to Cudeca. Further information call: 952771799.

Three Kings parades

Torremolinos. 4, 5 January.

The traditional Three Kings parade returns to the streets of Torremolinos.

Estepona. 5 January.

The parade will pass through the main streets of the town.

Nativity scenes

Malaga City Nativity Scenes

Bailén Miraflores. From 11 December until 5 January. Salón de Actos, Centro Social.

A classical nativity with biblical scenes covering around 25 square metres and with over 800 figures. The montage includes olive groves, houses, castles, rivers and fields as well as the birth of the baby Jesus.

Malaga Town hall. Until 6 January.

The Nativity Scene is set up in the patio of the town hall and can ve seen 10am-2pm and 5pm-9pm week days.

Diocese of Malaga Living Nativity Scene

Malaga. 17th in the afternoon, 18 December all day. Casa Diocesana Málaga..

Students from diocesan schools will interpret different passages from the Gospels telling the story of Jesus’ infancy. There will also be a bouncy castle, Royal Post Box, Christmas crafts and workshops as well as live music. Every year the organisers, with the help of the Children’s Oncology Volunteers (AVOI) collect toys and gifts for disadvantaged children.

Thyssen Museum Napolitan Nativity

Malaga. Until January. Patio de las Columnas, Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga.

Archicofradía de los Dolores de San Juan have installed the traditional ‘Belén napolitano’ which is free to visit during the opening hours of the museum.

More ideas

Botanical Garden El Molino de Inca

Torremolinos. Jardín Botánico El Molino de Inca.

The site, which has been remodelled to make the gardens and facilities accessible to everyone, has now re-opened. The gardens cover 40,000 square metres of land and contain nearly a thousand plant species of which there are 150 varieties of palm. There are also several different species of birds, including some unique in Spain.

International Magic Festival

Granada. Teatro Isabel la Católica.

26 December, 8pm. Magic Gala.

27 December, 12pm. Family Magic gala.

28, 29 December, Tues 8pm, Wed 6 and 9pm. International Christmas Magic.

30 December, 8pm. Concert for piano and playing cards.

Tickets: www.redentradas.com

www.festivalhocuspocus.com

Night Market with live music

Alcaucín. Every Friday and Wednesday from 7.30pm. Scirocco, Cruce de Periana, Puente de Don Manuel.

Live music at Luna Chill ecological and artesanal market. There is a children’s area and food and drinks are available. Musicians are invited to join in.

Open House Málaga

Málaga. From 10 until 12 December.

The Festival Internacional de la Arquitectura comes to Malaga for the first time and owill offer the opportunity to visit the museums and buildings of architectural value, some of which are not usually open to the public. The buildings include Casa de Félix Sáenz, Malaga Cathedral, San Miguel cemetery, the health and Sciences Faculty, The apartment block in Calle Pacífico among many others. More infortmation and registration (if required): https://openhousemalaga.org/programa/

Workshops

Mijas Costa. Aula de danza Teatro Las Lagunas. Donation of 3kg of non-perishable foodstuffs on first day of course.

Production and financing films.11, 12 December, 9am - 2pm. Lecturer: Pedro Ortega.

Register: cultura@mijas.es or call: 952590380

Friday activities for pensioners

Torremolinos. Palacio de Congresos.

Aimed at the older generation, Torremolinos Town Hall have announced the Viernes de Guateque which will take place once a month between 5pm and 9pm and will include a light afternoon tea and live music. Call: 952371486.

TIMS choir

Los Boliches. Wednesdays 7-9.30pm. St Andrew’s Church.

The choir has recently resumed rehearsals and would love to welcome new members. The International Music Society has an extensive repertoire singing excerpts from musical theatre, ballads, popular songs of yesteryear up to present times and also Christmas songs including some in German and Spanish as well as English. There are no auditions and the ability to read music Is less important than enthusiasm and commitment. Visit their Facebook page or their website :- www.timschoir.org call: 654891790.

Coral Coraxalia

Vélez-Málaga. Thursdays, September to June, 5.30-8pm. Casa Hermandad de la Cofradia de los Estudiantes, Plaza del Sastres.

The choir is welcoming new members call: 689111352 (Spanish) or 657951755 (English). Email: eucorax@hotmail.es

Las Luces del Botánico, Christmas Garden

Malaga. Until 9 January 2022, 6.30 - 9.30pm. Gates close at 11pm. Malaga Jardín Botánico La Concepción.

A two kilometre route around the gardens will be lit by over two million lights and accompanied by music. Some of the lights will be in the form of some of the fauna present in the garden such as owls and squirrels and some flora such as a huge ‘biznaga’ lighting up one of the lakes. There will also be illuminated silhouettes of king Alfonso XIII, Sissi Emperatriz and Queen Isabell II.

Family English Cemetery Days

Malaga. Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Avda de Pries, 1.

Are you looking for a family activity for Saturday mornings, which is fun, educational and in the open air? Book a family visit to the English Cemetery and they will provide a route to follow to discover some fascinating Malaga history, and games to play along the way - in both English and Spanish. Reserve a time slot on https://cementerioinglesmalaga.org/en under the “visits” tab. The entrance fee, (5€ per adult, 4€ per child) is payable on arrival and includes all materials for the games, which are adapted to all age groups. The English Cemetery was founded by the British Consul William Mark in 1831 at a time when non Catholics who died in Malaga had to be buried on the beach at night. An enthusiastic gardener, he also created a garden. The English Cemetery is now listed by the Junta de Andalucía as being of Cultural Interest and is maintained by a not for profit Foundation.

Lux Mundi

Torre del Mar. Mon and Wed 10am-1pm, Fridays, 11am - 1pm. Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, Avda Moscatel. .

Friday coffee mornings, 11am, 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.

Lux Mundi Lunch. 13 December, 2pm. Safari Lounge. Reservations at the centre.

Taizé Prayer. 17 December, 7.45pm.San Andrés church. Taizé prayer is a monthly invitation to join in prayer. Send an email to be included in them: luxmundi@lux-mundi.org.

Ecumenical Christmas Carol Service.11 December, 5.30pm. San Andrés church.

Catholic Mass in English. Every Saturday, 5pm at the Ecumenical Centre.

Christmas trip to Puente Genil. 15, 16 December. Various departure points. Visit the Nativity Scene Museum in Mollina and lunch at a local restaurant. Staying at the 3 star Hotel Carmen in Puente Genil. On day 2 visit Fuente Alamo with a guided tour in English of the archaeological site. Tickets 119€ per person sharing a double room. 135€ single room. Discount for Lux Mundi card holders.

Fuengirola. Mondays to Fridays, 10am-1pm. Lux Mundi Ecumenical Centre, C/Nueva 3.

The Boutique is open from Tuesday to Friday 10am to 1pm. There is a sale on 9, 10 December.

Taizé Prayer.16 December, 8pm at San José church. Taizé prayer is a monthly invitation to join in prayer. Send an email to be included in them: luxmundif@gmail.com.

Trip to see Concepción gardens Malaga lit up. 21 December.Christmas illuminations in the botanical gardens. Departure times: Plaza de Toros 5.20pm and Feria Ground 5.15pm. Tickets: 27€ or with Friends of Lux Mundi card, 22€. More info call: 952474840 or email: luxmundif@gmail.com

Fitness Walk

Malaga. 8 January, 3pm. Check in at Torre Mónica, C/Pacífico.

The walk will proceeds anlong the Paseo Marítimo a distance of 5km approximately, returning to the starting point at around 4.40pm. Pets, push chairs or children under ten are not allowed. Pre-registration required 11€. Tee-shirts 5€. https://fitnesswalk.eu/ or email: info@fitnesswalk.eu