Welcome to the New Year in Malaga and a whole new series of monthly posts on events. This one rounds up what’s on in Malaga in January.
This is traditionally a quiet month for tourism in the city, but there’s still plenty going on including the annual (and highly- acclaimed) Malaga Theatre Festival. Read on for our pick of the best events in Malaga this month.
Note that covid-19 restrictions are in place in Malaga and events may be cancelled with short notice. If you have tickets for an event, double-check with the venue that it’s going ahead.
Christmas events in Malaga in January
The 1.7 million LED bulbs continue to twinkle away until Thursday 6 January. If you haven’t seen the Christmas lights, don’t miss the light and sound show on Calle Larios between 6.30 and 9.30pm.
Three Kings Parade
At the time of writing (late December 2021), this event was still going ahead but there is talk of possible cancellation so double-check beforehand .
The Three Kings Parade takes place from 5pm on 5 January when the three kings arrive at the Alcazaba Fortress and walk to City Hall to join the floats and rest of the parade.
The itinerary runs along the Avenida Cervantes to Plaza del General Torrijos before returning to the city centre via the Paseo del Parque and Plaza de la Marina. From here, the Kings et al parade along the Alameda Principal, up Puerta del Mar and along Calle Atarazanas to Plaza de Arriola. They then go along Calle Carreteriá and Alamos to finish their route in Plaza de la Merced.
The lovely Concepción Botanical Gardens twinkle with millions of little lights from 6.30 to 11pm until 9 January. The light trail runs for 2.2km around the gardens where you’ll also find Christmas bells and a “laser garden”. Tickets cost from €12 per person and there are discounts for families, senior citizens and students. All the information and link to ticket booking here. We visited this just before Christmas and can highly recommend it.
Malaga Theatre Festival
Malaga celebrates the 39th edition of the Theatre Festival in two ‘acts’: the first between 7 January and 6 February and the second from 1 to 11 May. A long list of plays and dance pieces come to the city at the Cervantes Theatre and Echegaray Theatre with a good dose of very famous Spanish actors. The majority of the works is in Spanish, but you’ll have the chance to see top class theatre and some big names on the stage.
You can see the full programme for the Malaga Theatre Festival here.
The beginning of the year always means bargain shopping time and all shops in Malaga start their sales from 26 December onwards. If you’re looking for designer brands with extra discounts, head over to Designer Outlet Malaga near Plaza Mayor where stores have an additional 50% off their usual discounted prices. Get there on the Cercanías train from the city centre and get off at the Plaza Mayor stop.
Musical events in Malaga in January
With the Cervantes Theatre celebrating the Theatre Festival this month, concerts move to other scenarios.
JS Bach cello solos
Cellist Adriana Rojo Ruiz plays Bach’s First, Second and Third Suites at the Jorge Rando Museum on Tuesday 4 January at 6pm. Get to the Museum on Calle Cruz del Molinillo, at the end of Calle Ollerías and opposite the Salamanca Market. Free entry.
Antonio Banderas and his troupe of dancers and singers perform the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical in Teatro Soho. Banderas takes the leading role in another classic Broadway show, adapted into Spanish. Performances are Wednesday to Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 5 and 9.30pm and Sunday at 6pm. Tickets cost from €25 and are available online here.
The monthly free concert at the Museum of Malaga takes place on Sunday 23 January at noon and features Maria Márquez Torres on the piano playing Granados, Chopin and other composers. Tickets are available on the door on the day – get there early to be sure of a place.
Cuarteto al lienzo
Concert in the gardens
The Municipal Band plays their first free concert of the year on Sunday 30 January at noon in the Botanical Gardens. Tickets are free and available online from 11am on Thursday 27 January – note that the link doesn’t work until that date and time.
Visit a world of vinyls, SPs, EPs and LPs on Thursday 6 January 11am to 8pm on the Roof Terrace at the Hotel Salles (Calle Mármoles 6). Free entry.
Abbas Kiarostami Film Fest
The Albeniz Cinema dedicates its first festival of 2022 to the highly-acclaimed Iranian film director, Abbas Kiarostami. The cinema will show six of his masterpieces in their original version with Spanish subtitles during January and February at 8pm:
- Thursday 13 January – Khane ye Doust Kodjast (Where is the Friend’s House?, 1987)
- Thursday 20 January – Zendagi va digarhich (And Life Goes On, 1992)
- Thursday 27 January – Zire dorakhatan zeyton (Through the Olive Trees, 1994).
Retro Car & Motorbike Fair
The 9th edition of the annual vintage vehicle fair takes place this year from 28 to 30 January at the Malaga Congress Palace (FYCMA). See classic cars and motorcycles, visit the second-hand accessories and parts stalls and maybe buy a car or bike to take home. Tickets cost €9 or you can buy a combined ticket for the Car Museum and Fair for €14, available online. Friday 28 January 4 to 9pm, Saturday 29 January 10am to 9pm and Sunday 30 January 10am to 8pm.
What’s on in Malaga in January – Art exhibitions
As always, events in Malaga in January include lots of great art (whatever your favourite genre):
Monthly markets in January include:
Organic markets selling locally-grown fruit, vegetables, dried fruit and nuts, homemade bread and cakes, and handmade cosmetics take place in
La Malagueta (between Paseo de Reding and Calle Cervantes) on Saturday 8 January from 10am to 2pm and in Huelin Park (western seafront) on Saturday 22 January from 10am to 3pm.
El Zoco arts and crafts market takes place every Sunday on Muelle Uno between 11am and 6pm.
Merced Market is on Sunday 2, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 January on Plaza de la Merced from 11am to 8pm.
Soho Market is on Monday 3, Sunday 23, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January on Calle Tomás Heredia between 11am and 7pm.
El Paseo Market arts and crafts is on Sunday 10 January on the Malagueta seafront from 11am to 7pm.
Heads-up for February
February means Carnival in Malaga – fingers crossed this fun event will be taking place this year. Meanwhile, read all about Malaga Carnival.
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