Christmas in Motril, Salobreña, Nerja, Granada & Malaga 2023

We want to share with you the Christmas programs in areas near Almuñecar – La Herradura.  Some are in the Granada province or on the Costa Tropical and others will be in the Malaga or Costa del Sol areas.  Enjoy the holiday season and visit them all!  We have information for Christmas in Motril, Lentejí, Salobreña, Granada, Malaga, Frigiliana and more.

Enjoy the holiday season and visit them all!  We have information for Christmas in Motril, Lentejí, Granada, Malaga, Frigiliana and more. Read more on

Christmas in Motril

Chamber of Commerce what is without a doubt the best program of activities for Christmas in the entire history of Motril.

This program starts on December 5 with the traditional lighting of Christmas lighting and will culminate on January 5 with the Cavalcade of the Magi that returns to our city !!  We want this Christmas to be unforgettable for everyone !!!!

Holiday Program Motril –

The streets of Motril are dressed for Christmas. Full Christmas Program 2023-2024. 


December 5, 2023 – Motril Holiday Lights Plaza de España


Christmas in Salobreña 

There are many events and activities for the holiday season in Salobreña!  You can just explore and view the lights or attend on a special day and take part in one of the concerts or markets.  View the full program here.

December 5, 2023 – Salobreña Holiday Party

Experience an atmosphere full of magic and Christmas joy! There will be a wide range of activities and delights that will make your heart fill with the Christmas spirit. From the warm and sweet aroma of mulled wine, to the tempting smell of roasted chestnuts , everything will be present to satisfy your senses and transport you to the most beautiful time of the year.

But that’s not all, you will also have the opportunity to delight in the cheerful Christmas carols performed by the UKELELE International Association / Club. Its festive and lively melodies will fill the air and make you sing and dance to the Christmas rhythm.
18:00 Plaza de Federico García Lorca (in front of the Church)

December 8, 2023 – Salobreña Nativity Scene


December 15, 2023 – Salobreña Christmas Cookie Workshop


Christmas in Torrenueva Costa

December 1, 2023   19:30 Plaza de Ayuntamiento
Christmas Lighting!  Let’s welcome this long-awaited season of rejoicing and reunions with the Christmas Lights 2023.

December 5, 2023   17:00 Watch Tower Square.

🎄5th Christmas Tree Display🎄
Next December 5, we will gather all associations in one of the most emblematic spaces of Torrenueva Costa to enjoy their distinctive and original Christmas creations at the V Exhibition of Christmas Trees.
➡The display will be available throughout Christmas.  We’ll be waiting for you!

Christmas in Nerja

Enjoy Christmas in Nerja and Maro with more than sixty activities.  Here is the complete schedule

The activities begin this Friday, December 1,  with the inauguration of the Municipal Nativity Scene at the Tourist Office, at 18:00, with the participation of the Pastoral of the Neighborhood Association of the Protected Areas.

The lighting of the Christmas lights on the Balcón de Europa will take place on December 9 at 19:30 with the participation of the Pastoral de Frigiliana.

On Sunday, December 10, the Rosary of the Bell Ringers of María Santísima de los Desamparados will be celebrated.

On December 17, the Las Protegidas Living Nativity Scene will be inaugurated and on the 22nd, in the Plaza de España, the Christmas Park and Market will open with snowfall included. On Saturday, December 23, the Santa Claus Parade will take place.

On Sunday, December 31 at the Balcón de Europa, starting at 23:30 , the great New Year’s Eve party will begin and on January 5, the traditional Three Kings Parade will take place.

There will be no shortage of pastorals, Christmas dessert contests and Day of the Crumbs in Maro, workshops, or lunch for adults. All activities will be informed promptly.


Christmas in Frigiliana

Christmas in Torre del Mar

Christmas in VÉLEZ-MÁLAGA

Original program in Spanish

Google translated document

Christmas in Granada

December 1, 2023   18:30 Plaza de Carmen
Christmas Lights  Let’s welcome this long-awaited season of rejoicing and reunions with the Christmas Lights 2023.

Granada Christmas Lights

  • Guide to celebrating Christmas in Granada – click here to read all of the great information for you, from lights to ice skating!
  • Christmas in Granada Guide – Read more now.
  • Getting to Granada – bus instructions/directions
  • Candlelight Navidad: Villancicos a Cuatro Manos en Basílica San Juan de Dios
    December 22 and 29    Candlelight Concerts Granada


Ski Sierra Nevada Spain!

Why not take the family for a bit of fun to snowboard, toboggan, and ski Sierra Nevada Granada.

There is so much to do and check out some great places to stay below.


  • Vincci Selección Rumaykiyya
    The only 5-star hotel in the Sierra Nevada resort of Monachil, this hotel enjoys ski-to-door access to the local slopes.  Free Wi-Fi is available.  Check here for availability and deals!
  • Hotel Melia Sierra Nevada
    The Melia Sierra Nevada has easy access to the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort’s ski runs, 92 m away.  The hotel features a modern spa and rooms with balconies and free Wi-Fi.  Check here for availability and deals!
  • Hotel Hotel Telecabina
    Telecabina Hotel is in the center of the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort, a few meters from the Al-Andalus and Borreguiles ski elevators.  It offers free Wi-Fi in public areas.  Each simple, spacious room includes a private bathroom with a hairdryer.  Rooms also have satellite TV, a telephone, and a safety deposit box.  Check here for availability and deals!
  • Apartamento Nieve
    A terrace is provided in-house at Apartamento Nieve, which is located in the Sierra Nevada.  It’s just 458 m away from Parador I – Zona Media and one kilometer away from Telecabina Borreguiles.  Guests have access to free WiFi.  Check here for availability and deals!

Christmas in Málaga

November 24, 2023, to January 7, 2024

  • Málaga Christmas light show Calle Larios  (excluding December 24 & 31)
    The light and sound show from 18:30, 20:30 and 22:00.   More details here.
  • 50 Things to do in Málaga at Christmas – Read more now.
  • A Magical Málaga Christmas, with things to do from Christmas markets to ice skating, seeing the lights, and dining out.  New Years’ Eve activities too – Read more now.
  • Getting to Málaga – bus instructions and directions  (these are airport-related, but the bus stops in central Málaga )

December 1, 2023, to January 4, 2024

  • Málaga Cathedral Video Mapping light show on the south side of the Cathedral tower Mocha
    (excluding December 24 & 31).
    The show will last 8 minutes and start at 19:00m 20:30, and 22:00

Malaga Candlelight Christmas Concert

Candlelight has marked a milestone with its musical proposals in incredible, emblematic settings and by the light of hundreds of candles. For this reason, this December, Candlelight welcomes Christmas with a concert celebrated by stringed instruments.  View all candlelight concerts here.

Christmas in Spain

As in most countries, Christmas is very much a time for family in Spain and in Costa Tropical.  For Spaniards Christmas Eve, known in Spanish as ‘La Nochebuena’ or ‘Vispera De Navidad’, is a time to be with family and friends.  Everyone gathers for a large family feast, which is a standard late meal.  The menu can vary with lots of different traditional dishes but you can be sure that Turrón, polvorones or mantecados will make an appearance somewhere.  After the meal, it’s common for families to go out to the local bars and meet up with extended family and neighbors.

With Christmas Eve being of greater significance, Christmas day is a little different from what you may expect.  The day is a public holiday but restaurants, cafés, and bars will be open and often with Christmas menus to cater to functions and tourists.

Check out these creative ways to present a gift to someone special!
creative ways to give gifts

Epiphany Three Kings – Los Reyes Magos

Just when you thought you couldn’t bear to think about Christmas until next year, everyone is out in the streets, packing the shops in search of gifts “from” the Three Kings (the Three Wise Men).  Coinciding with the feast of epiphany when the Three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem this event is most exciting for the children, as this is the day that they’ll finally get their presents.  In Spain, the tradition of Los Reyes Magos is more popular than Santa Claus and is celebrated with a parade through the streets.  As the floats with the Three Kings pass, sweets are thrown to the kids (and adults) in the crowd with the inevitable competition of who can collect the most!  The parade sets out on the 5th of January normally at 5 pm.

As well as the parade and presents Los Reyes Magos also bring with them another tradition, the eating of the Roscon.  This is a large, round cake with a hole in the middle filled with cream. There is usually something hidden inside, a toy, a figure of one of the kings or a figure of Jesus.Roscon de Reyes

Three Kings Cavalcade: tour and schedules in the main cities of Spain

In this list, you will find the routes and schedules of the Three Kings parades in the main cities of Spain, as well as details about the floats, the gifts that will take His Majesties, Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar, his entourage, the pages and heralds and celebrations of Christmas.

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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and has experienced the world with her family. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view her travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at

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