We know Marbella is one of Europe’s favourite spots in summer, but did you realise that it’s also a great place to spend the winter months? And why not, the weather is mild, mostly sunny, making it possible to go for long walks, enjoy coffee or lunch on a terrace and watch those spectacular sunsets that occur this time of year.
Marbella is also a shopping destination in its own right, with a rich choice of top brand outlets in the Puerto Banús marina, along the main avenue in the town centre, at the grand El Corte Inglés department store and the La Cañada shopping mall. The district most likely to get you in the Christmas mood, however, is Marbella’s lovely Old Town district, where roast chestnuts, hot chocolate and decorative lights add to the charm of a part of town dominated by cobbled streets, little squares and a plethora of cafés, tapas bars, restaurants and boutique style shops that offer many an ideal seasonal gift.
In addition, snooping around for an inspired gift at the region’s Christmas fairs is another pastime in the run-up to Christmas, and many offer entertainment, freshly made snacks, mulled wine and lots of atmosphere to make you glow with seasonal cheer. Below is a summary of some of the main events on along the Costa del Sol this festive season.
November 24 – Switching on of the Christmas lights in Marbella’s town centre, accompanied by a series of festive events
December 10 – Christmas concert at the Teatro Ciudad de Marbella (free of charge)
December 16 – Swans School Christmas Fayre
December 24 – On the continent the main celebration is on Christmas Eve, so why not join in at one of the many cosy restaurants and bars, and follow it up with a family lunch on the 25th?
December 31 – There are many opportunities to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Marbella: book a festive dinner, meet up with friends in a bar and indulge in traditional Spanish grapes or see the New Year in at a nightclub
January 5 – Three Kings Day parade in Marbella centre, when Spanish children traditionally receive gifts and the Three Kings and their helpers hand out sweets