This blog post was originally posted on December 3th, 2015 and was updated on December 13th, 2017
If you’re planning a visit to Malaga this month, here are some great ideas of things to do in Malaga in December!
December is a lovely time to visit Malaga. The center is buzzing with holiday energy and the main streets are lit up with impressive light displays. In fact, every year it seems that Malaga outdoes itself with the lights on Calle Larios. And if you don’t like cold weather, you’re in luck! We also love this time of year for its sunny afternoons and milder temperatures.
Take a walk around the center to see the lights!
The holiday lights go up this year on November 27th and will be lit all season long, so December is the perfect month to check out the display. Make sure to walk down Calle Larios to Plaza de la Constitución. The side streets are often decorated in a less spectacular way, but it’s fun just to go downtown and get a bit of that holiday energy. This is one of our favorite things to do in Malaga in December.
Have an aperitif at an outdoor terrace
The weather in Malaga during December is beautiful. It’s a bit chilly in the mornings and in the evenings, but by midday the Mediterranean sun has warmed things up enough for you to enjoy a drink and a little snack at one of the outdoor terraces. If you are from a colder area, it always feels especially luxurious to enjoy time in the sun. Sometimes you don’t even need a coat!
Get some holiday shopping done at a Christmas Market
There are several Christmas markets around Malaga, but the best known is found on the Paseo del Parque. There are lots of stands where you can buy everything from figurines for your nativity scene to Santa Claus hats and handmade gifts. Even if you don’t go to the market to buy anything, it’s still fun to walk around. This is easily one of the best things to do in Malaga in December.
Eat churros at Casa Aranda
One of our favorite holiday traditions in Malaga has been eating the delicious Christmas sweets, but also, stopping at Casa Aranda (Herrería del Rey, 3) for churros and hot chocolate. The place is always buzzing, but during the holidays when people come home to visit their family, there is an extra huge crowd. Don’t let it scare you off, however!
People come and go quickly, and if you are feeling adventurous, push your way inside to the bar! It’s standing room only, but you’ll get a real feel for the holiday churro frenzy. This is a must on your list of things to do in Malaga in December.
Visit the traditional Casas Corralones
Just as they do in the spring, the neighbors in the area of town called La Trinidad open up their homes with beautiful interior patios that they decorate in typical Andalusian style. It’s a great opportunity to visit these historic and traditional homes. Peek at the Andalusian patios that you’d never expect to be hiding behind the facade on the street.
Go on a food tour!
In between all the Christmas festivities, make sure you allow some time to join us on one of our Malaga food tours! It’s a wonderful way to explore the historic center of Malaga and learn all about our fabulous food and wine along the way– salud!
Abby has lived in cities all over Spain including Madrid, Málaga, Fuengirola, Sevilla and Barcelona and she loves traveling and tasting all this diverse country has to offer. Along with her husband, who is originally from Málaga, she writes the bilingual travel blog El Boquerón Viajero. Abby is also currently partner & director of communications for a Spanish travel agency called Auténtico Nueva York. She has recently become a mum & is looking forward to sharing all Spain’s bites with the next generation of foodies! Favorite Devour Tour? Catalan calçotada!