What’s Christmas in Malaga like? What will be open? What can we see and do? When do the Christmas lights go on? It’s one of the biggest Malaga events and one we get lots of questions on. To answer them, we thought the best thing was to create a Christmas in Malaga FAQs blog post. If the answer to your question isn’t here, let us know and we’ll add it in!
The lights are switched on every evening over the Christmas period between 6.30pm and midnight (2am at weekends, 24th and 31st December and 5th January.
120 drones will be providing some festive fun over Malaga Port at 8.30pm on the following dates: December 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 and on December 23 at 7.30pm. The best place to see the drones doing their thing is from the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, Plaza de la Marina, Muelle Uno and from the walkway up to the Gibralfaro.
Read more about getting around Malaga by bike here, by bus here and by car and metro here.
Christmas lights in the Botanical Gardens
The Christmas garden returns to the lovely botanical gardens for another year. The 2022 edition is called Stela, A Journey to the East, based on the Wise Men’s journey through Persia, Babylonia and then to Bethlehem. All lighting is LED this year in keeping with the national push to save energy, but expect a stunning show combining the gardens, its monuments and lights.
Cirque du Soleil on ice
This world-famous circus group return to Malaga during December to perform Crystal, all the usual breath-taking acrobatics and stunning mise-en-scene, but this time on ice. The arena at the Martin Carpena Sports Stadium will become an ice rink for 9 days from December 11 to 18. Tickets cost from €35 and are available online here.
On July 16, the Maritime Procession is celebrated by land and sea in honor of Our Lady of Carmen, patron saint of Estepona. The procession, one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Estepona, starts from the church of Our Lady of Carmen and continues along the Paseo Marítimo, where two crowds wait, one of tourists and devout Esteponeros on the coast. And another of all the boats sizes decorated for the occasion, coming to receive the Virgin, all in an atmosphere of joy and celebration. The head of the procession enters the water until the bearers of the statue feel their bodies and clothes under the sea while singing “La Salve Marinera.” Then they lift the Virgin and put her on a boat. The Lady of Carmen continues her procession by sea, followed by all the ships full of people and sailors, who, under cheers and sirens, come to accompany their patron on her journey through the waters of Estepona. Once back on land, he continues his journey along the Paseo Marítimo until he settles back in his hermitage, waiting for the July 16 arrival of the following year to walk among the people again.
Between June 23 and 24, the mustaches of San Juan (de júas) are burned, dolls created by various local associations that ridicule well-known local and national characters, destined to be burned at the stake. On the night of the 23rd, the contest is held and only the winner is saved from being burned, only until the following night. The people of Estepona gather on the beach at midnight to get their feet wet and touch the water, which tradition says brings good luck all year long.
2nd INTERNATIONAL MURALS COMPETITION of Estepona … if you are interested in participating, please review the contest rules in this link: https://bit.ly/39Tv25I
2nd ESTEPONA INTERNATIONAL MURALISSES CONTEST
This contest was created for young artists between the ages of 16 and 25, who may
participate with individual or collective proposals.
The mural proposals must be original, unpublished and not awarded in any other contest.
Projects must be submitted by sealed bid to protect the artist’s anonymity
Envelope must include the following information: name, DNI, NIF or passport, mailing address,
e-mail address and phone number of the artist or artistic collective.
Proposals received by e-mail will not be accepted. They are accepted only from Monday to
Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Jan. 2 to Jan. 31, 2020, in person or by mail to the
II CONCURSO INTERNACIONAL DE MURALES DE ESTEPONA
Ayuntamiento de Estepona. Alcaldía
Calle del Puerto, 2. Edificio Puertosol
29680 Estepona. Malaga
The artist will freely present a theme, argument or plastic composition. The project or mural
proposal must include the following information:
Artistic project including sketch and design according to the final result (measures will be
maximum 297 mm x 420 mm).
Technical report including name and quantity of materials required for a standard measure
(mural of 162 square meters, height 18 m and width 9 m).
Estepona Townhall covers engineering costs, materials and personnel needed for project
selected and must be done in the following month after the competition decision.
The selection of proposals, from the works presented, will be carried out by a jury formed by
relevant personalities from our cultural life and will be published on Feb. 14, 2020.
7.The selected artist must perform their work from March 1 to March 10, 2020. The price is
awarded with 4,000 euros. The judges will announce the winner on March 11, 2020. The
jury decision does not apply and the prize is indivisible and will not be invalidated.
Estepona Townhall may publish the selected prize-winning mural as considered and whose image
rights will become property of the municipality after the election.
Unexpected facts or cases will be resolved by the organization and the jury. The submission of
works to this contest imply the acceptnace on behalf of the author of these rules with contractual
On Monday, Dec. 16, the art exhibition “Habbility” begins at the Exhibition and Congress Palace in Estepona. This exhibition, which will remain open to the public until Jan. 3, will feature recognized artists internationally.
Among the creators who will participate in the exhibition stands out graffiti artist Miguel Ángel Belinchón , better known as“Belin,” who is considered one of the most important in international urban art. This artist in urban art works with hyper-realistic technique executed with spray on large surfaces and without using stencils, projectors or grids.
The “Habbility” exhibition will consist of a total of 25 works with different themes and styles, including from realistic marinas to hyper-realistic works.
In addition to “Belin,” artists Robles de la Cruz, a maritime specialist, who will paint a work live; Antonio Castello, artist in hyperrealism; Javier Arizabalo, who also belongs to the school of hyperrealism, the visual artist Jesús Inglés; and the portrait painter Laura Cameo, among others, will also participate.
In this exhibition, which is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the afternoon and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., you can also enjoy works by Juan Pineda, the artist who founded the project “Habbility” ‘ whose goal is to offer high-quality training adapted to current times. Admission is free and interested parties can purchase the works on display.
Los Alamos Beach Festival is an electronic music festival at the Spanish Arts in the town of Estepona. Over the past six years, the festival grew into an impressive large-scale event with lineups to match. Previous editions saw rap and reggaeton stars and more in addition to the biggest dance names.
You can also see the growth over the past half decade in the staging, production, light shows and special effects that transform the seaside venue into a colorful extravaganza complete with big beats.
With stages for dance mainstream and underground, as well as a poolside stage, carnival rides, food stands and more, ravers won’t be short of anything here. Not continued in 2020 and 2021 (corona)