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Christmas in Malaga 2019

Christmas in Malaga 2019

Christmas in Malaga

Christmas in Malaga

Christmas in Malaga

Christmas in Malaga

Christmas in Malaga

Christmas in Malaga

Christmas in Malaga

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Christmas in Malaga

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Christmas in Malaga 2018

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Christmas in Malaga 2018

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Christmas in Malaga 2018

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Christmas in Malaga

 

Christmas in Málaga is a special time as everywhere, but there are some diffrences. How are the Spanish celebrating this time? What are the most important dates? and what to do at Christmas in Malaga? Please find below some useful information: 

 

Christmas illumination

In fact, it is already a tradition and it is the festive lighting of the lights in Malaga that begins the time of Christmas. Every year it is different and every year it evokes admiration, to the extent that you can boldly call Malaga one of the most illuminated cities in this part of Europe :) For 2 years, Christmas illumination has been accompanied by a music show every day at 6.30 PM and 9.30 PM. running from November 24 to January 6. In 2020 the shows were canceled due to the pandemic.

 

Christmas nativity scene

The Nativity Scenes in Malaga are real works of art, built with great precision and panache. You can buy any figurine at the stalls and build various biblical scenes, which are later placed in homes instead of our Christmas tree. In addition, you can also admire the nativity scenes in various places in Malaga, including in the Cathedral, from 10.00 - 13.00 and 17.00 - 20.00 or Ayuntamiento de Málaga. Lists of nativity scenes here.

 

On December 22 Loteria de Navidad

Let's not be afraid to say it out loud - Spanish are crazy about the Christmas Lottery, which is the oldest (started by King Carlos III in 1763) and also the largest lottery in Spain. The draw takes about 5 hours, so don't count on quick service in bars that day;) and the lucky numbers are drawn by children from Colegio San Ildefonso in Madrid singing them out loud. It is a real tradition and there is practically no Spanish who would not take part in it, and the coupons are collected together by friends, entire families and employees to increase the chances of the main win of "El Gordo", which this year went to, among others, employees O2 gym in Málaga. Coupons for € 20 can be purchased at special points a few months earlier, but avoid those sold on the streets.

 

24 December la Nochebuena (Christmas Eve)

The time when Spaniards gather with their families at home for a common, quite late dinner. At home, instead of a Christmas tree, we usually find nativity scenes depicting the Nativity of Jesus, and on the table we will not see 12 dishes, because each region prepares typical dishes; in Málaga it is mainly turkey and all seafood and fish. For dessert, we will eat mantecados (consisting of almond butter, chocolate, cinnamon and lemon), marzipan, turrón (consisting mainly of almonds and honey) or los borrachuelos - all incredibly sweet. Apart from red wine, Spaniards like to sip a cave during dinner, i.e. sparkling wine, and then go to Midnight Mass called la Misa del Gallo (Rooster Mass) NOTE: on this day, virtually all restaurants work only until 16.00 On December 25, restaurants are now working normally, December 26 is a working day.

 

December 28, El Día de los Santos Inocentes (Day of the Saints of the Innocents)

A holiday rooted in biblical events - the slaughter of the innocents by King Herod in Judea in modern Spain is April Fool's Day. Do not be surprised by the absurd information in the press or small jokes in shops or pubs;)

 

December 31 Nochevieja (New Year's Eve)

New Year's Eve in Spain also has its own customs. When the clock strikes 12 times at 12 o'clock at that moment, the Spaniards eat 12 grapes, one for each successive month. Moreover, one of the superstitions says that red lingerie worn at night can also bring good luck;) In Malaga, like every year, you can welcome the New Year at Plaza de Constitucion, where various activities take place and you can buy bags with grapes. All restaurants are open until late.

 

January 5-6, El Día de los Reyes Magos (Epiphany Day)

The holiday season in Spain ends with Epiphany, when gifts are given then. The evening before, i.e. on January 5, parades and royal vehicles with 3 kings and various characters, scattering candies and small gifts, go out to the city. The whole spectacle is accompanied by a great fiesta, music and crowds waiting for the 3 Kings. On a Christmas morning, whole families eat a cake called Roscón de Reyes, a ring of yeast dough decorated with candied fruit, with 2 "surprises" inside: a broad bean and a tiny figurine. Whoever finds it becomes king for one day, and whoever gets broad beans pays for the cake.