Marbella in December is just as much of an attraction as Marbella in the summer, albeit for slightly different reasons. Anyone who has been here at this time of year can testify that the Town Hall do a great job of the alluring illuminations and that the public gardens are dotted with pretty poinsettias; their bright red hue is representative of Christ’s blood.
Temperatures may not be quite what they are in the summer here, but you can certainly catch a tan on many December days. People still go to the beach and wander around in T-shirts, but at night temperatures may drop to a more ‘Christmassy’ degree, so you may need something warm to throw on.
If you’re wondering how you might spend a few December weeks in Marbella, we would like to let you know about a handful of highlights:
The Nutcracker (El Cascanueces) Ballet
The famous Nutcracker Ballet takes place at Cine Teatro Goya on 5 December in Estepona. The Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow brings themselves over to this popular area to show us what they’re made of.
More than 40 of their ballerinas combine their talents to make for a magical and unforgettable performance. This festive ballet is characterized by huge sets, ornate costumes and an orchestra.
For those that don’t know much about the production, it was made famous around the world by Sir Peter Wright. The star, Clara, is swept up in a delightful winter wonderland. Prepare to be as captivated as she is with the dancing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The magic Christmas tree is apt to leave quite an impression, as is Clara being wooed by the handsome prince and his toy soldier army. If this sounds like something you and your family would be interested in, be ready for the show at 20.15 on 5th or 9th December.
La Virginia Christmas Market
Who isn’t enchanted by a Christmas market? They’re a great way to get into the festive spirit and pick up a few novel gifts for friends and family. On the Costa del Sol there are many worth visiting, but we particularly like the La Virginia Christmas Market on 8 December.
From 11.00 until 18.00 at the picturesque Marbella village of La Virginia (close to Avenida Jaime de Mora) you can find a lovely artisan market. Prepare to overindulge, as you will probably find it difficult to resist some of the delicious treats you can find here.
If the cake is your thing, you’ll be at home: tasty carrot cakes and brownies, shortbreads and even gluten-free cakes await. There will also be plenty of other delicious foods, and lots of crafts, gifts and Christmas ornaments on sale. It’s worth visiting for the festive atmosphere alone.
Santa Lucia Day (Festividad del Día de Santa Lucia)
On 13 December at 6 pm in the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Marbella’s Old Town, the crowds will come together to celebrate Saint Lucia Day. The tradition honours St. Lucia and originated in Germany in the 16th century. Lucia was known by her white coat and was always holding a candle; she took local children on a walk, visiting each house, while they would sing, play and eat foods and treats.
This is a special day in the Nordic community, so children from the local Swedish School make their way through the town in a procession; they are a sight to behold in their cute white tunics, holding candles and singing Christmas songs. There will be one child elected to play the part of Lucia, and she can be distinguished by a red sash in her belt and lights in her hair.
The boys are considered to be ‘boy stars’; they are similarly dressed but also wear conical hats adorned with a star. The group will pay visits to local schools, hospitals, churches and even offices, offering people coffees and sweets.
If you join in the fun, you’ll be treated to traditional Swedish cookies of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. You’ll get to drink some delicious chocolate and hot wine (Glögg).
Choose from a whole host of December events in Marbella
There are so many things happening this month that we would be hard pushed to list them all. You might fancy a free Christmas Concert in the Iglesia de la Encarnación in the Old Town on 18th December, or one of the many exhibitions happening in the area. If you’re looking to have Christmas dinner here, you’ve got plenty of options so there’s no need to cook at home; enjoy your Christmas in Spanish style!
We wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself hooked on the Marbella vibe. Before long you’ll be thinking of viewing some of the Costa del Sol properties for sale, so come and see our team at Paradise Marbella to get yourself one of the best homes in Marbella.