Winter in Marbella is a special time of year—although the Costa del Sol doesn’t have the snow and chilly minus temperatures to produce a ‘traditional-style’ white Christmas, this remains a great place to be over the festive season. Yuletide in Marbella begins with the annual switching on of the impressive Christmas lights, which takes place this year on Thursday 27th November at Marbella’s main avenue, Ricardo Soriano.
The event is popular with locals and tourists alike as they gather in groups to admire the beautiful street lights, soak up the vibrant atmosphere and sample tasty goodies such as roasted chestnuts and warm waffles from the festive street stands.
Those who prefer to stay comfy and admire the picturesque scene from afar can take advantage of one of the many coffee shops in the area, such as Cafeteria Marbella, which is located just off the Parque de la Alameda (Alameda Park) and makes for a great place to sit with a hot beverage and some traditional sweet churros, while admiring the sparkling lights and energetic street scene from the comfort of your cosy spot.
Christmas in Marbella’s Old Town
As impressive as they are, Christmas lights aren’t all that Marbella has to offer during the festive season. In the winter months, Marbella’s charming Old Town (Casco Antiguo) is transformed, with the winding cobbled streets, trees and squares decorated with fairy lights, creating an enchanted and merry feel.
Carol singers can be found outside the historic church and in areas such as the atmospheric Orange Square (Plaza de Los Naranjos), which has a festive atmosphere at this time of year as families and friends gather to dine at one of the many restaurants while enjoying the cheerful ambiance of the area.
Every year Marbella Town Hall organises an extensive Christmas calendar packed full of fun-filled events for all the family, which are sure to get even the Bah Humbugs amongst us in the holiday spirit—from carols and nativity plays to traditional markets selling all kinds of jolly treats, including mulled wine, sugar candy and decorations for your tree.
If you are thinking about treating yourself to a new home or a second holiday home in Marbella this Christmas, the team at Altavista Property is here to help.