A Merry Marbella Christmas
Marbella may not have snow and frost during the Christmas and New Year period but it is still a very festive place to be, with lots of activities for both kids and adults that will get you in to a merry mood
Marbella may not have snow and frost during the Christmas period but it is still a very festive place to be, with lots of activities for both kids and adults that will get you in to a merry mood. Whether you choose to spend an evening walking through the town centre taking in the Christmas lights or to take your children to Santa's grotto, Christmas can be as magical in Marbella as anywhere else in the world.
Traditionally, Christmas time begins with the switching on of the Christmas lights in Marbella, Malaga and San Pedro town centres. This year it takes place, as most years at the end of November and the special celebrations continue during the evening with Santa's Grotto opening in both locations and hot chocolate and doughnuts being served for that sweet treat on a chilly winter's night.
The festive events continue all along the coast throughout December, with concerts, carol services and Christmas bazaars or fayres where you can buy gifts, holiday baskets and a host of other items. The Marbella Town Hall always have a full calendar of events at this time of year focused on family fun.
If you are in Marbella with the children, take a trip to La Cañada where they can meet the jolly, red-suited man himself from December 1 to 26 sat infront of the huge beautiful Christmas tree. Also remember to help prepare your children's letter to Santa so they can drop them off to Santa's Grotto in Parque de la Alameda in Marbella - they will receive a reply so be sure to put their names and addresses on the letters too!
With Christmas parties to attend, most women (and of course certain gentlemen too!) will enjoy a little pampering and will want to look their best for Christmas Day. Lots of hairdressers and beauty salons along the coast offer special Christmas packages at great prices. Try Salon La Vida by Vera in Nueva Andalucia or Reflections in Puerto Banus, you will leave feeling preened to perfection like a beauty queen ready to hit the town for a few pre-Christmas and New Year cocktails.
Many of the restaurants will also be offering Christmas Party menus so contact your favourite restaurant and see if they have a special menu for your company or group of friends.
On the big day itself, if you don't fancy slaving over a hot stove for most of the morning, then many of the restaurants in Marbella offer the traditional Christmas three-course lunch at very reasonable prices - try La Sala, Sloanes and The Marbella Club Grill for some gourmet cuisine. Or, if you don't fancy turkey with all the trimmings, then some restaurants offer Scandinavian, Spanish and other Mediterranean alternatives - head to El Gran Gatsby with their stunning panoramic views or some of the restaurants at Plaza Village at the Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella for a taste of something different. We have included many details of menus and information in our What's On Calendar so click over there for even more inspiration!
New Year's Eve
Once the Christmas celebrations are done and dusted, it's time to look forward to the New Year and those fabulous New Year's Eve celebrations that take place all over Marbella. From small intimate dinners at some of the finest restaurants including Villa Tiberio , Sea Grill and The Beach House, to big, extravagant parties at the top bars and clubs such as La Suite and Olivia Valere, there is always something to do to celebrate the start of a brand new year.
The town hall also put on celebrations in Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona with fireworks, music and the traditional lucky grapes at midnight. These are free to attend and very much where the community comes together. The main party in Marbella is hosted in Orange Square in the Old Town.
New Year's Day
If you are feeling a little delicate on New Year's Day after one too many glasses of champagne the night before, then head to the front line of Puerto Banus or Marbella Paseo Maritimo and there's plenty of great eateries to choose from, why not try great pastas and pizzas at Carpaccio or delicious fresh fish dishes at El Gran Gatsby, or for a sumptuous brunch that will have you feeling brand new again then you can't go wrong with the Kempinski Hotel or the Sea Grill at the Puente Romano! Alternatively you may want to avoid too much excess completely and head for a stroll, a run or a bike ride along one of our wonderful promenades and start the New Year with a healthy approach!
Last but by no means least, here in Marbella we have another date for the diary which is called Three Kings, in Spanish we say Los Reyes. This is when Spanish families traditionally share gifts with one another and is in effect the "Spanish Christmas". Many Spanish restaurants will be offering a celebratory meal on the eve of Three Kings, 4th January, and there will be the magical parades (Cabalgatas) through the streets of Marbella. These parades are not for the faint hearted as the streets are full to the brim with families watching the Three Kings pass by and catching the sweets and treats that they throw into the crowds as they pass by. We recommend going into Marbella town in the mid afternoon so that you can park easily and find your way to a good spot on the high street.
To find out more about what's going on this festive season, our events calendar has the lowdown and if you are looking for advice or for someone to take care of the reservations for you then please reach out to our Concierge Team