Christmas Almuñécar – La Herradura & Surrounding Areas 2021

The holiday season is upon us and there is so much going on!  It is magical to experience (Navidad) Christmas in Almuñécar, La Herradura & the surrounding areas.  We also know it can be difficult to find out when and where things are happening, so we compile the information and keep it here for you!  If we know the information, it will be in this post and we continue to provide updates through the season.

Please use the table of contents to quickly jump to a section or date.

Bookmark this, so you can refer to it through the season (December 3, 2021 to January 6, 2022)!

2021-22 Holiday Season
Almuñécar – La Herradura

Remember you are in Spain, so it isn’t just all about Christmas and then you are done.  Nope, the holiday season continues through the first week of January, to be sure we celebrate the Epiphany and the 3 Kings!

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Almuñécar – La Herradura Christmas

Holiday Program La Herradura – December 1, 2021, to January 6, 2022

This year there are some great activities and events for Christmas in La Herradura.  See the full program below.

Christmas La Herradura 2021-22 a program

Holiday Program Almuñécar – December 3, 2021, to January 6, 2022

Christmas lights turn on Friday, December 3 at 18:30 in front of the Almuñécar Ayuntamiento.   Download the full program.

Christmas Almunecar 2021-22 a program


Cultural Agenda

Almunecar cultural agenda december 2021


Check here to view our holiday Calendar.

If you happen to be looking for the Junta de Andalucia public school calendar 2021/22 holidays, we have that here for you too!

Keep in mind the supermarkets and grocery stores may be closed or have limited hours during the holidays.
View La Herradura & Almuñécar supermarkets here.

Okay, so what we plan to do is share with you the things we know about.  Keep coming back, as we will continue to add through the season.  If you have something you would like us to add, just send it to us via email and we will do our best to include it.  Please also keep an eye out on Facebook, the city tourism cultural agenda as well as the city council website.

We also have a table of contents, which may be expanded to quickly jump to a specific date or activity.

Advent Calendar  December 1-24

(The Sexitano Trade Association places an advent calendar on Calle Jesús Nazareno) La Asociación de Comercio Sexitano coloca un calendario de adviento en la Calle Jesús Nazareno.

New in 2021, this advent calendar is part of the local business Christmas campaign from December 1-24, 2021.  They plan to raffle up to 2000€ in prizes, which may be spent in over 120 of the participating establishments.

To participate in the raffle you will need to collect stamps on the official paper. You will have to make 24 purchases in 24 different shops to be shown the 24 little boxes that the triptych includes and thus two of 500 euros and 1,000 euros will participate in three gift vouchers; in a total of 2,000 euros to spend in the Almuñécar store on January 3 and 4. Those of 500 euros will do so on the 3rd and whoever gets the 1,000 euros will do so on the 4th.

Whoever filled in 10 or more stamps will participate in the raffle for those vouchers and whoever has the complete 24 stamps will participate in more than 100 gifts that will be displayed in a place that they will see there on the street of Bajada del Mar, with all the gifts that our collaborating businesses deliver.

The Advent Calendar has been installed on Jesús Nazareno street, next to the Town Hall.

You are invited to follow their social networks to keep up to date with the Campaign: ADVENT CALENDAR IN ALMUÑECAR where you will have daily information on the attached businesses and the multitude of sectors that we have to do our Christmas shopping in local stores and other future campaigns.
Instagram: @acos_almunecar
Facebook: Sexitano Trade Association

Holiday events by date
Almuñécar – La Herradura & Surrounding Areas

December 1 to 8 – La Herradura

Solidarity Rake in favor of Cáritas Parroquial.  Organized by: Brotherhood of La Herradura.
Hours morning and afternoon. Plaza Nueva (opposite Burger Plaza).

December 3 – Almuñécar – La Herradura Holiday Lights Turn On

Almunecar Christmas lights at the ayuntamiento

Almuñécar – La Herradura Christmas lights turn on!
Thirty-five streets will be illuminated in Almuñécar and thirteen streets in La Herradura.  Not to mention, three large Christmas trees: two will be located in Almuñécar, (Plaza del Ayuntamiento and Plaza Madrid), and the other will be in La Herraduara (Plaza de la Independencia).

Friday, December 3rd at 18:30
Plaza de la constitución in front of the Ayuntamiento Almuñécar
Plaza de la Independencia, La Herradura

December 3, 2021 – La Herradura Christmas Season Kick-Off Events

  • 20:00 Exhibition and delivery of Prizes to the winners of the Christmas Postcard Contest, organized by the Mayor’s Office and the Las Gaviotas Public School
  • 20:00 Exhibition hall “Pepe Gámez”. La Herradura Civic Center
  • 20:30 Inauguration and Blessing of the Municipal Nativity Scene at 20:30
  • Municipal Nativity Scene, blessed by the parish priest, Nestor. Installed in the Pepe Gámez exhibition hall). Civic Center
  • The Choir “Cosas Nuestro”, from La Herradura will perform.

Visiting hours from Monday to Friday Mornings 9:00 to 14:00.; Afternoons: 16:00 to 20:00. and Saturdays from 10:00 to 13:30.
Organized by: Mayor’s Office of La Herradura and Brotherhood of La Herradura.

December 3, 2021 – Motril Holiday Lights Turn On

The streets of Motril are dressed for Christmas. The Christmas lights are in the squares and streets of Motril, with the traditional lighting on December 3, 2021, at Paseo de la Explanadas.  The Christmas lights will be on from 18:30 to 02:00, Monday to Sunday, while Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and Three Kings’ Eve will remain on from 18:30 to 06:00.

December 4-8, 2021 – Medieval Mercado de Navidad en Christmas Market Almuñecar

Paseo del Altillo Crafts, food, Christmas products, gastronomy, toys, accessories…. Read more about the Medieval Market of the past.

December 4-8, 2021 - Medieval Mercado de Navidad en Christmas Market Almuñecar 2021, crafts, food, music, gifts, and more.

December 5,12, & 19 – Christmas Fundraiser – Farm & Animal RescueDecember 5,12, & 19 - Christmas Fundraiser - Farm Animal Rescue

LDeducationFarm GranjaEducativa– farm rescue has decided to make their Christmas event a fundraiser for their rescue animals and farm.
Every Sunday until Christmas you may enjoy all of the activities located in Alhaurín el Grande.
Whatsapp Loren on (+34) 675222383 to book and for more info.  Book asap to reserve, as there are limited spaces.

December 6 to 9 – Fiestas de Otivar Immaculate Conception 

At the beginning of December each year we can look forward to the Fiestas de Otivar, in honor of the Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception)!  This beautiful Pueblo Blanco is perched in the hills about 20 minutes outside of Almuñécar.  The village comes alive for 3 days and nights, with events, music, lights, food, horse show, magic shows, and more fun.
Read the full program for Fiestas de Otivar 2021.

December 10 thru 12 – Almuñécar Christmas Market Booths

In 2021 the Christmas booths run by the foreign residents will be located town hall square, Plaza de la Constitución (by the Ayuntamiento)
Open from 11:00 – 20:00 each day!

Christmas market with associations of foreign residents.
Christmas markets by the foreign residents December 10-12, 2021

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December 12 – Christmas Market, La Herradura

15:00 – 20:00 at the Civic Center plaza in La Herradura

12 Dec Christmas Market La Herradura 2021

December 14 & 15 – Christmas Workshop in Otívar

Learn how to make Christmas decorations for the tree in Otívar.  Come enjoy the Christmas workshop at 16:30 en the Salon de Fiestas.

Christmas Workshop in Otívar

December 17 – Coro Ciudad de Almuñécar (Almuñécar  City Choir)

Enjoy Christmas songs sung by the city choir in the perfect ambiance of the town center church.
20:00 at Iglesia de la Encarnación (the church behind the town hall)

17 Dec Coro Ciudad de Almuñécar (Almuñécar  City Choir) Coro de Navidad

December 18 – Valle Verde Animal Rescue Christmas Fair

Saturday, December 18, 2021
12:00 – 17:00
Arrayanes Hotel Terrace on Paseo de Cotobro 5
Please come along and help us raise funds for the Valle Verde Animal Rescue.  Take in the festive atmosphere, browse the gift stalls, sample the mulled wine and mince pies, enter the prize tombola, all whilst helping to raise funds for this very worthy cause. There will be lots of lovely stalls to buy last-minute Christmas presents and we will also be holding a raffle.  Plus lots of lovely cakes to buy and homemade crafty stalls etc.
For more details call 711 023 148 or email
December 18 - Valle Verde Animal Rescue Christmas Fayre

December 19 – Christmas Concert

Christmas concert at 19:00
Casa de la Cultura, Mediterranean Chamber Orchestra
tickets at
(2 concerts for 30 euros! 19 December 2021 and 02 January 2022)
 We present the official posters of the Christmas and New Year concerts 2021/2020 Mediterranean Chamber Orchestra Young Mediterranean Orchestra

December 22 – Zambombá Flamenca

The Christmas flamenco show will be with Zambombá Flamenca!
19:00 Plaza de la Constitución (by the Ayuntamiento)

December 22 – 29 – Navilandia

Almuñécar has these Christmas holidays with a Christmas amusement park in the fairgrounds (where the Friday market is located). It is called Navilandia

22nd to the 29th of December. It is intended for the little ones to enjoy these days of Christmas. The schedule will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and, in the afternoon, from 5 to 8 p.m. and with very popular prices, as reported by the Councilor for Culture and Festivities, Alberto García Gilabert.

After Christmas Eve it will be increased with about 15 inflatables and an ice rink, which will be free. It will be our Navilandia park to encourage boys and girls these days, “All of this complying with the safety measures: in the use of masks, distancing and those marked by health officials,” said the sexitano mayor of Culture and Festivities.

December 22 – Visit Papá Noel (Father Christmas, Santa Claus) 

Visit Papá Noel / Santa Claus
December 22
Plaza Kuwait (Aquarium plaza), Almuñécar
16:00 – 20:00  Santa Claus Workshop
20:00 Parade

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December 23 – Gala de Navidad

The Christmas show
17:00 Casa de la Cultura Auditorium

December 23 – Bolo y Claus Payasos

Kids theater and entertainment. In search of the green dragon!
18:00 Plaza de la Constitución (by the Ayuntamiento)

23 Dec Bolos y claus Kids theather Almuñécar Navidad

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December 25-26 – Navilandia

We want the boys and girls to enjoy a festive and Christmas atmosphere this Christmas.  There will be a Christmas town “Navilandia” December 25-26, which will have more than 15 bouncy houses and an ice slide!

Saturday 16:30 – 18:30
Sunday 10:00 – 14:00 and 16:30 – 18:30

At the fairgrounds (parking lot of the Friday Market)

December 26 – Christmas Concert Coro Ars

Choir Christmas concert at the church JJMM de Almuñécar
20:00 at Iglesia de la Encarnación (the church behind the town hall)

December 27 – Visita del cartero real

The royal postman will be at San Miguel Castle accepting letters for Papá Noel.
17:00 – 20:00

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December 28  – All Fools Day

In Spain, All Fools Day is known as “Día de Los Santos Inocentes” and takes place right in the middle of the long Christmas season (which runs all the way through to January 6, the Epiphany).  On December 28 it’s your turn to play your favorite jokes on friends and family!
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December 28 – Municipal Band Music

The municipal band will fill the street with music in the central shopping area of the old town in Almuñécar.

January 2 – New Year’s Concert 2022

Welcome the new year with orchestra music!  The “New Year’s Concert”
19:00 at the Casa de la Cultura.

New Year’s Concert
Casa de la Cultura at 19:00
 ? Young Mediterranean Orchestra
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(2 concerts for 30 euros! 19 December 2021 and 02 January 2022)
New Year's Concert Casa de la Cultura at 19:00 Mediterranean Chamber Orchestra  y  Young Mediterranean Orchestra

January 2, 2022 –  New Year’s Concert, La Herradura

New Year’s Concert 2022 Municipal Band of Music Almuñécar.
“Diego Martínez” Auditorium. Civic Center. 20: 00

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January 3 – Letters for the 3 Kings

Get your letters ready to send to the 3 Kings!
20:00 Plaza de la Constitución (by the Ayuntamiento)

January  5 – Cabalgata de Reyes (The 3 Kings Parade) Almuñécar

Children will parade before His Majesties the Kings of the East.

“For people who for whatever reason cannot attend the Stadium or who are not from Almuñécar, on January 5, the Three Kings Parade will be broadcast live by streaming on the YouTube channel of the Almuñécar Department of Culture.  So the Magic of Christmas, the City Council of Almuñécar and the Three Wise Men are modernized and we hope it is to everyone’s taste ”, added the Magic of Christmas.

January 5th
Stadium Grounds Almuñécar
17:00 – 20:00

The Royal Procession of the 3 Kings (Cabalgata de Reyes) 2016

Official Almunecar Map of 3 Kings parade route 5pm January 5th

The starting point is at the stadium (snowflake icon)

January 5 – Cabalgata de Reyes (The 3 Kings Parade) La Herradura

January 5 - Cabalgata de Reyes (The 3 Kings Parade) La Herradura 2021. Read more on

Cavalcade of SS.MM Los Reyes Magos de Oriente will visit the streets of our town.
Departure from the La Herradura Sports Pavilion at 17:00  and arrival at the La Herradura Civic Center. 19:00

January 6, 2022 –  Performance, La Herradura

Performance of the Pastoral de La Herradura in the Church and later exit through the streets of our municipality.
San José Parish Church. 12: 00

Christmas Markets

If you would like to see a list of all of the local Christmas markets, look no further.  We even cover some in the nearby areas!

Christmas Markets in Almunecar, La Herradura and surrounding areas for 2021. There are many to choose from where you can find perfect gifts.


Christmas Menus & New Year’s Menus

There are so many wonderful restaurants in Almuñecar and La Herradura. Many offer special Christmas menus and New Year’s menus.

New Years and Christmas Menus Almuñécar - La Herradura There are so many wonderful restaurants in Almunecar and La Herradura. Many offer special Christmas menus and New Year's menus.

Christmas in Motril, Lentejí, Granada & Malaga

We have a list of things to do and see for Christmas in Granada and Malaga, we also show the program for Motril and Lentejí too.

Granada Christmas Lights

Charities and Fund Raisers

Association for the Protection of Animals and the Environment of Almuñécar

APAMA Almuñécar is looking for funding to continue helping the animals of our municipality and surrounding areas. Help with a donation, volunteer, adopt, or foster an animal and be more involved.
Thank you!
The CHRISTMAS LOTTERY is here! ❤️?
Like every year, do not miss yours!
WhatsApp +34633519404
To donate using one of the methods below:
Linktree donation
Direct transfer to the Bankia account
A.P.A.M.A bank account (BANKIA)
Es21 2038 3683 6360 0011 1870
Paypal donation
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Teaming donation:

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Happy Holidays!  ¡Felices Fiestas!

Where to Stay in the Area

his area is filled with amazing places to stay from the high-end hotels to the more inexpensive hostels and campgrounds, to holiday rentals, rural villas, and estates.  We have them all here and you will be amazed at what you can get for your money.  This town itself has many hills, so more opportunities for those incredible sea views.  Read more about where to stay in Costa Tropical.

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