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Try an alternative New Year’s Eve on the Costa del Sol

Where has this year gone? Christmas is nearly here and New Year’s Eve is hot on its heels. What are your plans for the most important party night of the year?

If you’re still deciding and are getting fed up with the crowds, hype and silly prices, then how about getting away from the New Year madness to celebrate in Spain?

We love New Year’s Eve on the Costa del Sol, as there’s something for everyone, whether you want a chilled out winter getaway or want to hit the dance floor. Here are four great ways to spend it, under our sunny skies.

Have a house party with a difference

There are many house parties going on over New Year, but what about getting your mates together in a luxury holiday home for a winter getaway? If you have a group of friends clubbing together off peak, you could afford an amazing luxury villa including bar area, games room, gym, tennis courts and even heated swimming pool. Now that’s what I call bringing in the New Year in style!

This five bedroom villa in Mijas Costa just 600 meters from the beach has amazing facilities including a private pool and hot tub, outdoor bar area, games room, games consoles and two kitchens! You could spend Christmas and New Year here for just 60€ per person, per night.

Try an active New Year Break

If all the New Year fuss leaves you cold, take advantage of the sunshine and warm winters here on the Costa del Sol to have an active break. Imagine hiking up La Concha mountain on New Year’s Eve and rewarding yourself with a delicious meal in the evening to welcome 2018. How about playing golf on New Year […]

Partying on the Costa del Sol for New Year’s Eve

The Costa del Sol’s legendary nightlife during the summer does slow a little over the winter months, but many places swing back into life again for the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve. It’s a great place to see in the New Year, with warmer temperatures, clear skies and interesting traditions to try. Plus, this year it falls on a Saturday, so why not take a long weekend break on the Costa del Sol to really start off the new year in style?!

There are hundreds of parties going on all over the coast, but here are a few highlights.

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve party, with a glamourous 1920s theme and a full line up of entertainment, champagne, canapés and open bar in a secret location somewhere in Puerto Banus, it all sounds very exciting.

Masquerade Ball and Gala Dinner at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona – this is a very special place to spend New Year’s Eve, with amazing food, wines and plenty  of live entertainment including acrobats! The masquerade ball theme will be spectacular and there’s a kids’ party too, so the little ones will be entertained.

Bob Sinclair at Olivia Valere – The world famous DJ comes to Marbella to start 2017 in true party style on the last night of the year!

Marbella Old Town’s celebrations – If you fancy something more Spanish in style, head down to the Marbella’s beautiful Old Town, where there will be a party at 11pm in the main church square. It’s nice to have dinner on one of the beautiful restaurants and then go down to the square to see in the new year. Just make sure you bring 12 grapes, so you can take […]

Visiting the Costa del Sol for Christmas

It feels like summer only just finished on the Costa del Sol, but now that Halloween is over and the clocks have gone back, we can’t deny that Christmas is nearly upon us.

If the dark, cold weather is getting you down and the endless Christmas songs and ads are already driving you crazy, why not consider a different kind of Christmas this year in the winter sun destination of the Costa del Sol?

Those who can feel bah-humbug about Christmas in the UK, will find a Spanish Christmas refreshing and relaxing. There’s much less emphasis on the commercial side of Christmas, decorations don’t go up until the beginning of December and the events are quite low-key and charity focussed as opposed to a huge corporate marketing machine.

You can choose to indulge in Christmas as much or as little as you wish. Want to feel festive? Head into Marbella’s Old Town or into Malaga’s shopping district to see the lights and sample some chestnuts and vino caliente (mulled wine), visit one of the Christmas markets or go and hear carols at one of the stunning churches. There’s a new synthetic ice rink in San Pedro Boulevard which I am sure will be really popular during Christmas and kids can visit Santa in his grotto either in La Cañada shopping centre, or in Marbella’s Plaza Alameda. A really nice idea is to explore the chapels and squares in Marbella’s Old Town by following the routes to see the traditional “Belen” or nativity scenes, which range from the simple to the incredibly complex and ornate. Check out this page for Christmas activities in Marbella in English.

However, if you want to escape and disconnect from all the festivities, no […]

Christmas in and around Marbella

Every year at Christmas, amazing lights go on in Marbella, the Old Town shimmers and pretty bauble lights line the main shopping street. The days still stay sunny and relatively warm, but nights get chilly, so if you are travelling here at this time of year, make sure you bring layers so you can wrap up and be cozy.

In the Alameda Park a Santa’s Grotto usually is set up for the kids by the Town Hall and is free for kids to go along and get a present from Father Christmas.

You can also see a traditional nativity scene known as a “Belen” in the same square.  There is a tour of 11 of these nativity scenes through the old town, which is a festive way to explore the pretty old part of Marbella. A map can often be found in the Christmas programme that gets released by the Town Hall. There are also 6 nativity scenes and a Santa’s Grotto in San Pedro, and the map is in the same programme.

During the Christmas period there are many Christmas markets in aid of charity and of course many religious ceremonies throughout the period. There are also many concerts in churches, events and town squares and the traditions of the many different nationalities which call the Costa del Sol home are represented.

There are a few Christmas events organised for the kids, but because the main day for them is the 6th January, when the Three Kings bring their presents, these tend to take place after Christmas day itself.

The Run-Up to Christmas Begins on the Costa del Sol

Halloween is over and whilst temperatures linger in the mid 20s during the day, there’s no doubt that the build up to the festive period is beginning.

The large shopping centre La Cañada on the outskirts of Marbella has put up its Christmas tree this week and whilst the lights won’t go for a few weeks you can see the preparations are being made. The first festive event announcement was sent out last week, the annual Concordia gala where the great and the good of Marbella society and further afield gather to raise money for this local Aids charity and start the Christmas period with a glittering event on the 5th December.

You might not think of the Costa del Sol as the place for a Christmas get away, but it’s actually a great option for people who are a little jaded by the crazy commercialisation of the holiday in the UK and elsewhere. Here in Spain it’s a more low-key event, with most decorations not going up until 1st December, lovely little Christmas fairs, markets and concerts, not to mention opportunities to stroll down by the sea to walk off that Christmas lunch. There are lots of restaurants serving the traditional British Christmas dinner and if you have a holiday rental property on the Costa del Sol you can buy everything you need from supermarkets such as Iceland, or even take a day trip to Gibraltar and stock up in Morrisons and see the monkeys!

Christmas Eve is celebrated more than Christmas Day by the Spanish and the big party is the Three Kings on the 6th January when the Kings come to town in a big procession to bring the kids their presents. It’s lots […]

Celebrating the Three Kings in Spain

One of the great things about going on holiday to the Costa del Sol during the Christmas period is that you get to do it twice! The celebration of the arrival of the three kings who bring gifts to the newborn baby Jesus Christ is the most important day of the Christmas holidays in Spain.

The three kings are celebrated pretty much the same as Father Christmas. The children leave a little snack for the kings and camels on the night, similar to us leaving out sherry and a mince pie for Santa and they even write letters to the kings telling them the toys they wish for. Many cities even set up a special post box where children can leave their letters for the ‘royal mail man’ so your children could even join in too! If the children have been good that year they receive presents from the three kings during the night just like Father Christmas!

The Spanish commemorate the arrival of the three kings on the 5th January every year with a festive parade and gift giving, however as the children usually go back to school on the 7th it doesn’t leave them with much time to play with their new toys, so many families have also started to celebrate the 25th December to give them more time. The children usually receive half of their presents on Christmas day and the other half on three king’s day.

The arrival of the three kings on the 5th Jan brings much excitement to cities all over Spain and the big parades (la cabalgata de reyes) are major events and usually attended by the whole family. Some of the big parades are even televised. During the festive […]

PIM – Children’s Playground Event Marbella

If you are on holiday on the Costa del Sol over the Christmas and New Year period with the kids, there are loads of fun activities you could take them to such as the PIM event, organised by the Marbella Town Hall, at the Palacio de Congresos de Marbella.

The event runs from 21st December to 5th January and is open from 11am to 9pm which is great as it gives you plenty of time to fit it into your holiday and the kids will be able to burn some energy on the various activities such as;

Inflatables
Sumo suit
Gladiator
Zip line
Bike-kart circuit
Super-jumper

These are among many fun activities being held at the event. Entrance fees are affordable at €6.50 for half day, €8.50 for full day and just €25 for 14 days so well worth taking the kids to!

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