When thinking of Marbella, the first thing that comes to mind is the sun, the beach, the haute cuisine restaurants, the luxury stores, the golf courses… but the truth is Marbella has a lot to offer in December as well. This is the time when many tourists arrive from countries in northern Europe -where shopping is done in freezing temperatures- to enjoy clear skies and relatively mild temperatures. A Mediterranean weather that invites everyone to go Christmas shopping in a more relaxed fashion, but also to do many other activities offered by the city during winter.

What to do in Marbella for Christmas?

During Christmas, Marbella lights up and is filled with decorations suited to this time of year, when it’s possible to enjoy the mercadillos (fairs) and events that reflect the customs and traditions of the area. Naturally, both tourists and residents that hail from other countries enjoy sharing their culture, their festivities and celebrations, which opens up an astonishing range of possibilities for all tastes.

Some of the best places to go Christmas shopping are the mercadillos and Christmas bazaars such as the one in Puerto Deportivo de Marbella (Marbella Marina) which takes place every Sunday in December from noon till 6 in the afternoon. All kinds of handicrafts can be purchased here. But if you are looking for something more glamorous and stylish, nothing beats the Mercadillo Artesanal (handicraft fair) Zoco del Sol, which takes place amidst Puerto Banús every day from 11 AM to 6 PM. You can also take the opportunity to visit the luxurious stores in its surroundings.

Also, on December 21st the Old Town Neighbour Day celebration takes place, and retailers in the area offer their products to all neighbours and visitors.

But besides shopping, Marbella also offers the chance to enjoy one of the greatest traditions in our country: the Nativity Scene located in the Old Town and the live Nativity Scene that takes place during this time of year.

There are also activities for the kids such as the visit to Santa Claus’ House located at the Parque de la Alameda, open every day. There, they can hand in their letters to the Royal Mailman of the Wise Men of the East. They’ll also most certainly like listening to Christmas carols and typical Christmas songs at the Ciudad de Marbella Theatre. At the Plaza de la Iglesia (Park of the Church) there’s also a kids’ party with puppet shows.

If you’re considering spending New Year’s Eve in Marbella you should be aware that Marbellans welcome the new year at the Plaza de Los Naranjos (Orange Tree Park) at the Great New Year’s Party, with live music. On this day, you’ll be able to choose among a wide range of New Year’s dinners at the best hotels in Marbella, as well as an endless number of parties. The Cavalcade of Magi departs just a few days later, touring the city’s main streets – a show the kids will certainly love.