If you are one of the lucky ones who live in Marbella already or if you are someone who is searching for a property for sale in Marbella, you may have already experienced what it has to offer at Christmas time. If you’re not, then that’s great too! You have all of this to come.
Things are done a little differently on the Costa del Sol. For a start, it’s usually not as cold here as it can be in other countries, so the weather is a definite plus point. It can be wonderful to take a break from your own country’s culture and dip into another for the Christmas season.
Christmas in Marbella is simply beautiful. The skies are normally blue and the temperatures mild, although they’ll dip down a little in the evening; this gives you a chance to wrap up in some wintery woolies if you enjoy that part of Christmas.
Marbella is a very picturesque city, known for its bursting colours and floral arrangements dripping from balconies, hanging baskets, flower beds and even many of the roundabouts; but at Christmas, it is at its most beautiful!
They take Christmas seriously around here, that’s for sure; by night you can be wowed by the twinkling Christmas lights that adorn Marbella’s already quaint and inviting streets. Nobody misses out on the opportunity to decorate at this time of year; you’ll find stores, restaurants and cafes out-glittering each other and people do the same with their homes. You can find an abundance of gorgeously decorated Christmas trees all over.
Pop down to the park
Alameda Park in located in central Marbella. It is a favourite location for Christmas festivities whatever time of the day or night.
Here you can find a stunning water feature that really lends itself to the festive spirit; the brightly lit fountain beams out prisms of magnificent colour and it is well worth passing on a stroll through Marbella.
Marbella boasts many captivating nativity scenes at Christmas time, and there is a particularly lovely one in the park. Kids will love this as much as they appreciate the nearby Santa’s grotto. We all know that they are full of energy at this time of year, so palm-lined Alameda park is a great place to bring them to ‘let off some steam.
Meander around the old town
The cobbled streets of Marbella old town are welcoming all year around. At Christmas time, though, the place is truly atmospheric and the festive cheer is palpable. Cafés, restaurants and bars pull out all the stops on the glitz and glamour front, with music floating through the streets and the hum of happy chatter and tantalising scents, like the sweet smell of mulled wine. Churros are a traditional Spanish snack that shouldn’t be missed; you can sit down for a portion at most of the welcoming cafes in the old town.
If you haven’t filled all your stockings yet, Marbella old town is a great place to do it. There are so many high quality shops and little boutiques where you can find original, unique gifts – or just charming stocking fillers – for your friends and family.
Join in some local activities
The Town Hall really gets involved at Christmas, arranging for a range of different activities from shows, processions, carol singing to Christmas markets and competitions.
Marbella’s churches and plazas are great places to stop off if you’re looking to find some traditional Spanish activities.
Follow the traditional calendar
Christmas is done a little differently here though, in terms of date. It is actually celebrated on the 24th December; families congregate and fill up on traditional food or drink, chatting, laughing and enjoying the party mood. They will often go to midnight mass later on. The streets are atmospheric on this day, and no holds are barred in terms of dancing, singing and letting hair down. The traditional name for this is ‘Jota’. Although some gifts are given on this day, the main day for gift giving is actually 6th January.
The day known as ‘Epiphany’, 5th January was the day the Three Wise Men reached the baby Jesus with their gifts. Traditionally, the streets would be lined with shoes, and expectant children would rush to find them filled with treats and sweets. It doesn’t happen so much these days, however.
6th January is the day that local kids are waiting for, and not just for the gifts. Three Kings Magos are seen parading through the streets on ornate handmade floats, showing off bright, colourful costumes. Sweets, sweets and more sweets is the theme of the day; you’ll see them flying through the air as children scramble to catch as many as they can. Happy, painted faces are everywhere, and it’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to dress up in costume.
The name of the game is fun, and everyone here indulges in that in their own way. If this sounds like a great way to spend Christmas, there is always room for more! Celebrate Christmas Costa del Sol style, and while you’re here, you’ll have a chance to check out this amazing city and perhaps search for a property for sale in Marbella, ready to kick off the New Year in style. That’s where Paradise Marbella can help!
A merry Christmas to one and all from your Real Estate agency in Costa del Sol, Paradise Marbella!