If you’ve chosen Marbella for your Christmas holiday this year, expect plenty of sunshine and festive things to do. The resort comes into its own for the two-week period with lights, music and parades against as backdrop of pleasant daytime temperatures and the Mediterranean. Sound like the perfect plan? Then read on for a guide to Christmas events in Marbella.

Christmas decorations

Marbella ranks among the greenest towns in Spain and at Christmas that greenery turns red, literally. Some 30,000 poinsettias deck the central boulevards, the Alameda, the Old Town and the parks. Add to this some an exceptional light display on the main avenues and around the giant Christmas tree in Avenida del Mar and you have a very festive backdrop to your Christmas holiday.

Musical Christmas events in Marbella

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without traditional music and you can enjoy free concerts throughout the festive season in Marbella. Look at for the Christmas concert on 17 December at 5.30pm in the Plaza de la Iglesia in the Old Town. A local choir will perform their annual repertoire. On 23 December, the lovely Plaza de los Naranjos hosts a traditional Zambomba de Navidad concert at 7pm. This flamenco-style music will get your feet tapping and your hands clapping.

Christmas food

We all know that the festive season provides the perfect excuse to indulge in some delicious food. Enjoy yours at El Club, the new restaurant at Rio Real where you’ll find the perfect menus for Christmas. Choose from Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or Epiphany and celebrate in style. Get a sneak peek at the menus before you book your table. 

Christmas on ice

The temperatures might be around 20 degrees, but Marbella does ice at Christmas. Between 21 and 26 December, an ice rink is set up on the Plaza del Mercado. Great for youngsters, but also just as much fun for the not so young, you can skate for free between 11am and 2pm and 5 and 9pm.

Christmas story

The traditional nativity story comes to life in Marbella at Christmas. The resort has over 10 nativity scenes (known as a belén in Spanish), each a work of art in their own right with dozens of miniature figures and scenes. A life-size nativity scene takes place on 22 December in the Paseo de la Alameda when actors play the Christmas story. Watch the show at 12.30pm and 4.30pm.

Christmas golf

Don’t forget to treat yourself to a round or two of your favourite sport during your Christmas break in Marbella. Take advantage of the dynamic prices at Rio Real where you can play more golf for less. Or grab one of our early bird tee times to give you the afternoon off to make the most of the Christmas events in Marbella. Book yours now.

Christmas gifts

In Spain, the Three Kings are the bearers of gifts and their Parade on the evening of 5 January is one of the highlights of Christmas events in Marbella. Watch Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar together with their entourage parade along the central boulevard in Marbella from 6pm onwards.

The ultimate treat

To enjoy all these great events in Marbella this Christmas, you’ll need somewhere central to stay. And where better than at Rio Real Boutique Hotel? Here, you’ll find luxury and comfort in select surroundings with views over the golf course and mountains from your private terrace. Marbella sits on the doorstep and best of all, you can play golf to your heart’s content. Take a look at our deals and book your Christmas break in Marbella now. 


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