Spend a Marbella Christmas in the Sun

Marbella is a great place to spend the winter season—where else in Europe is it possible to eat lunch on the beach or enjoy a glass of wine on a sunny waterside terrace in December without the need for your coat, gloves or hat?


The restaurants and bars are less crowded than in the summer months—making it possible to dine at your leisure without having to make a reservation—the roads are quieter and there are far shorter queues at the airport. The days are pleasantly mild, creating the perfect scenario for a walk along the Paseo Marítimo promenade and to admire the spectacular winter sunsets, which paint the sky with a palette of purples, reds, oranges and pinks.

Marbella’s Christmas Lights

As the evenings draw in, Marbella becomes a very festive place in winter; from the end of November the main avenue Ricardo Soriano is illuminated with a tasteful and elegant display of Christmas lights. Nativity scenes and stalls selling roasted chestnuts, warm waffles and other festive treats can be found in the Alameda Park, while a stroll through Marbella’s Old Town is sure to add a little magic to anyone’s Christmas. During the festive period sparkling fairy lights arch over narrow winding streets and decorate the trees in the traditional squares, creating the perfect setting to sit and sip your beverage of choice while soaking up the atmosphere.

Christmas shopping in Marbella

When it comes to festive shopping Marbella has a lot to offer. You can spoil your loved ones with a designer label gift from one of Puechristmas shopping marbellarto Banús  many high class boutiques before admiring the Christmas decorations at the El Corte Inglés department store. A trip to the La Cañada shopping mall, with its impressive Christmas tree and decorations that adorn the festive window displays is a real treat too.

In Spain Christmas Eve is the day of celebration, when bars and cafés in Marbella are filled with merry people sharing the yuletide spirit before they head off to celebrate at home with their families. Many of the more traditional Spanish restaurants close for the evening, but most of Marbella’s international eateries will be open.

Christmas day has a slightly more peaceful feeling about it and the majority of the restaurants and bars are closed through the day, so it is essential to book ahead. Traditionally, friends and family fill the local parks and the beachside paseo is filled with people strolling in the winter sun before heading home to enjoy the evening with the family.

Marbella offers a Christmas in the sun during the day and a festive wonderland at night (without the snow of course), making it the perfect winter destination for those looking to enjoy the Christmas season.

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