3 Christmas Markets in Malaga You Have to Check Out

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to be in Malaga: fabulous seasonal food, dazzling light displays and—the best part—the Christmas markets!

Yes, you read that right. With so many hours of beautiful sun, Malaga is not often considered a winter destination. However, there are plenty of things to do in Malaga in winter, and nothing beats the amazing Christmas markets. These fabulous Christmas markets in Malaga seamlessly blend the traditional European winter charm with plenty of fun and sun. Get ready to find all the gifts you need.

The Essential Guide to Christmas Markets in Malaga

A Christmas Market at the Park

One of the most iconic Christmas markets in Malaga is the one at Paseo del Parque, ideally located so you can enjoy the buzz of the market, along with experiencing the magic of the famous Christmas lights on Malaga’s nearby Calle Larios. You’ll find all sorts of things at the stalls here, from Christmas sweets to handicrafts to beautifully bound books. There’s something everyone and given the market opens daily until 10 p.m. each night, it’s a great place to shop around for the perfect Christmas gift.

When: Early December–early January
Where: Paseo del Parque, Malaga

The lights on Calle Larios leading to one of the top Chirstmas markets in Malaga are a sight to behold!
The iconic Christmas lights on Calle Larios in Malaga. Photo Credit: La Opinion de Malaga

A Christmas Market at the Harbor

Just by the water pops up an amazing Christmas market loaded with great buys for the holiday season. This annual market is a great place to try some of the typical Christmas sweets from Malaga, and pick up some local handcrafts while you’re at it. You’ll also get some breathtaking views across the water as you take in the winter atmosphere. A trip to this market is easily one of the best things to do in Malaga during the holidays.

When: Late November–mid January
Where
: Muelle Uno, Malaga Port

Manetcados and polvorones wrapped in wax paper at a Christmas market in Malaga
Mantecados and polvorones are some of the typical sweets you can find at Christmas markets in Malaga. Photo Credit: Machbel

A Christmas Market in SOHO

Malaga’s trendy SOHO area is home to a more alternative Christmas market. Open until 10 p.m., it consists of works of art, handcrafts and vintage art produced by local artists. This weekend market is referred to as a “garage market” due to its location inside a garage-style building—very useful for those cold days and also convenient in case of rain.

When: Weekends throughout the winter
Where: 
Calle Casas de Campos, 33

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These Christmas markets in Malaga offer all the European winter charm you know and love—but with all the sun and fun of the Costa del Sol. Here's where to find gifts for everyone on your list.

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