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.
Christmas events in Malaga in January
The 1.7 million LED bulbs continue to twinkle away until Sunday 5 January. If you haven’t seen the Christmas lights, don’t miss the light and sound shows on Calle Larios and Calle Alcazabilla daily at 6.30pm, 8pm and 9.30pm.
Three Kings Parade
The highlight of the year for all children in Spain and this is a great activity if you’re in Malaga with children. The Three Kings Parade starts at 5pm on Sunday 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. Grab your place on the route nice and early to be sure of a good view.
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.
Top tip – this is 1 of the most popular events in Malaga so expect the streets and city centre to be jam-packed. Keep a close eye on your children and make sure they stand behind the barriers and away from the floats. Keep an eye on your belongings too.
Musical Events in Malaga in January
New Year’s Concerts
Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra plays Johan and Josef Strauss to welcome 2020. Friday 3 January at 8pm. Tickets from €12 here.
Michael Jackson Tribute
King of Pop fans will lap up this 2-hour bonanza of Jacko favourites at the Palacio de Congresos on Thursday 2 January at 8.30pm. Tickets from €30 here. Get to the Palacio de Congresos by taxi or on buses 4 (direct) or 20 (short walk at the end) or by Cercanías train (get off at Victoria Kent station and walk about 10 minutes).
The Quiroga Quartet (string) play Beethoven and Brahms at the Picasso Museum Auditorium on Tuesday 21 January at 8pm. Tickets are €12 and available from the museum or here.
If you fancy getting off the beaten track and enjoying a free piano concert at the same time, make your way to the Jorge Rando Museum Calle Cruz del Molinillo to the north of the city centre on Friday 10 January at 6pm. The first concert of the season features Maria Iciar Serrano Quiñones playing Spanish composers such as Albeniz, Falla, Granados and Turina. The museum is also well worth a visit. It’s a small venue to arrive early to be sure of a seat.
Malaga Theatre Festival
Malaga celebrates the 37th edition of the Theatre Festival between 7 January and 15 February. 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 several aren’t (or you don’t need a high level of Spanish to understand them) including:
Bells & Spells
This clown cabaret performance is the creation of Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, Chaplin’s daughter and stars her daughter Aurelia Thierrée, a ballet dancer, magician and acrobat. Wednesday 8 January at 8pm.
A musical based on the Mel Brooks film. See this from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 January.
You can see the full programme for the Malaga Theatre Festival here.
This year, Malaga has the honour of hosting the Goya Ceremony when the highest accolades in Spanish cinema are awarded. They’re the equivalent of the US Oscars and the British BAFTAs. The Ceremony takes place on Friday 25 January at the Sports Stadium (Palacio de los Deportes) and will be attended by everyone who’s anyone in Spanish cinema. Up for awards this year are directors Amenábar and Almodóvar, and actors Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz, both for Pain and Glory. The day before and weekend after this big event will offer plenty of opportunities for celebrity spotting in Malaga. If you want to watch the crème de la crème on Spanish screen walk the red carpet, bag your spot to the Sports Stadium well before the Ceremony starts (8pm). Get there on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal (last stop) or on the metro Line 2 (Palacio de los Deportes stop).
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):
A new multi-media art exhibition arrives on Muelle Uno on 17 January showcasing Gustav Klimt. The exhibition offers an immersive experience into the Austrian painter’s work with video projections of his paintings and quotes. It promises to be a similar experience to the Van Gogh Live exhibition in Malaga last year. Tickets cost €11 (€13 at weekends) for adults with various discounts available for family groups and Malaga residents (Mondays only). See all the gold at the space in the intersection between the Pergola and Muelle Uno until 19 April. Open daily 10am to 10pm. More information here.
Fans of vintage cars are in for their annual trip at Retro Malaga, now in its 8th edition. This year’s 3-day event includes a retro market, exhibitions of vintage cars and motorbikes, plus lots of trips for fans of automobiles from yesteryear. At the Palacio de Congresos 24 Jan (4-9pm), 25 Jan (10am-9pm) and 26 Jan (10am-8pm). Pre-ticket sales cost €8 and are available from here.
Markets in Malaga in January
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 10 January from 10am to 2pm and in Huelin Park (western seafront) on Saturday 24 January from 10am to 3pm.
Plaza Merced arts and crafts market takes place this month on Sunday 26 January between 11am and 6pm.
Heads-up for February
Save the dates for Malaga Carnival coming up 21 February to 1 March this year. Read more about this event in Malaga.