Marbella’s Old Town preserves the style of an Andalusian village, so when the beautiful narrow streets, squares and shops have been decorated with Christmas lights, it’s the perfect backdrop for your Christmas in Spain!
The Costa del Sol’s classiest, glitziest and most upmarket resort, Marbella’s is also blessed with an historic centre that is picture-perfect with pristine white houses lined with geranium pots on narrow pedestrian streets. Here you can enjoy designer shopping or take in the atmosphere by day or night on the terraces of its stylish cafes, tapas bars and restaurants.
Marbella draws lovers of architecture, history and charm, so getting into the Christmas spirit is not difficult as you stroll through the pedestrianised streets glittering with Christmas lights.
Festivities go on throughout December in the Old Town, with concerts, traditional Zambombas (music and singing around open fires), nativity displays and Christmas bazaars all gracing the streets. The children won’t want to miss visiting Father Christmas to make their Christmas gift requests between 6th and 24th December (11-13hrs and 17-21hrs) on the main Plaza de la Iglesia, where much of the seasonal fun takes place in the Old Town.
On New Year’s Eve the Old Town still sparkles with live music hosted in Orange Square, along with a festivity of food, fun and a good dose of community spirit. It’s best to arrive by 23hrs so you can find space to celebrate with your friends, drink your cava and eat the 12 grapes at the strike of midnight, before heading off to one of the many bars in the Old Town. Alternatively, you might also like to go to The Beacon or El Faro in the Puerto Deportivo (Marbella’s yacht harbour) and ring the New Year in with a cocktail in hand!
If you’d like to make the most of the Christmas festivities in Marbella, the town hall always has a full calendar of events at this time of year, focused on family fun.