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What's on Malaga in January

What’s on in Malaga in January 2024

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 this post is a work-in-progress and we’ll be adding to it as soon as we have more information – bookmark the page for future reference and check back regularly.

Christmas events in Malaga in January

Christmas Lights

Angel christmas lights in Calle Larios Malaga 2022

The 1.7 million LED bulbs continue to twinkle away until midnight on Saturday 6 January. If you haven’t seen the Christmas lights, don’t miss the light and sound show on Calle Larios at 6.30, 8 and 10pm.

Three Kings Parade

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. 

Read about the Three Kings Parade in Malaga

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.

Christmas Garden 

The Christmas garden at the lovely botanical gardens runs until 7 January. This edition is called Angelical: The Kingdom of Christmas Angels, and divided into eight sections. Expect a stunning show combining the gardens, its monuments and lights. The photo below of last year’s display gives you an idea.

Christmas lights at the botanical gardens in Malaga

Tickets cost €13.50 to €15.50 for adults and €9.50 to €11.50 for children aged 3 to 12 (weekend tickets are more expensive). More information and links to tickets here.

Malaga Theatre Festival

Malaga celebrates the 41st edition of the Theatre Festival in two ‘acts’: the first between 7 and 28 January and the second from 28 April to 8 May. A long list of plays, musicals 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.

Free theatre events for children

Malaga Theatre Festival has a number of free events for children during January at venues around the city. They include:

Saturday 6 January at 12.30pm – Tiriticlown performs at the Auditorio Eduardo Ocón in the Paseo del Parque.

Sunday 7 January at 12.30pm – Tiriticlown performs at the Auditorio Curro Román in El Palo (Google map link – get the No 3 or 11 bus from the Alameda Principal (30-45 mins).

Saturday 13 January – Parque de la Alegría in Ciudad Jardín at 12.30pm (Google map link – get the No 2 bus from Atarazanas (25-min journey)) and at 5pm in Parque Martiricos (Google map link – 25-min walk from the city centre). Both are story-telling shows (in Spanish).

Saturday 20 January at 12.30pm – Tiriticlown performs in Huelin Park (Google map link – 25-min walk from the city centre or get the No 7 bus (20 mins)).

January sales 

The beginning of the year always means bargain shopping time and all shops in Malaga start their sales from 26 December onwards. Extra discounts usually appear from 7 January onwards.

See the best places to go shopping in Malaga.

Free French films

Fans for French comedy movies have three dates this month at CAC Malaga. On screen will be:

  • Pétaouchnok – on 9 January, directed by Edouard Deluc in 2022.
  • La page blanche – on 16 January, directed by Murielle Magellan in 2022.
  • Les goûts et les couleurs – on 23 January, directed by Michel Leclerc in 2022.

All films start at 6.30pm and are shown in French with Spanish subtitles. Entry is free but you need to get a ticket beforehand from this link.

Musical events in Malaga in January 

The Cervantes Theatre celebrates the Theatre Festival this month, so most concerts move to other scenarios. 

Peter Pan soundtrack

The Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra plays the full set of tunes and songs from the Peter Pan movie on Sunday 7 January at 5pm and 6.30pm. At the Edgar Neville Auditorium in the Diputación on the western seafront. Tickets cost €10 (€5 for the under 12s) and are available online.

Get to this venue by walking west along the western seafront until you see the modern glass building (just behind the giant Malaga Towers blocks) or get the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal (south side) and get off at the Santa Paula stop and walk 5 minutes towards the sea front.

Chicago

This world-famous musicals (and one of our favourites) comes to FYCMA (Congress Palace) on Saturday 20 January at 8pm. The words are in Spanish, but the tunes are universal. Tickets cost €25 or €27 and are available here.

Get to FYCMA by taxi or on the 4, 20 or 21 bus from the Alameda Principal (all with a short walk at the end). Allow around 30 minutes for your journey.

Free concerts in January

Museum of Malaga

This month’s concert is on Sunday 14 January at noon when the Malaga Camerata Wind Ensemble will perform Musique à Vents. It showcases traditional French music in wind ensembles from the 19th century and includes works by Charles Gounod and Émile Bernard. Free entry but get there early (say 11am) to be sure of a seat.

Retro Car & Motorbike Fair 

The 11th edition of the annual vintage vehicle fair takes place this year from 26 to 28 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. You can also visit the vintage car carpark where local aficionados show their models.

Tickets cost €10 or you can buy a combined ticket for the Car Museum and Fair for €15, 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):

Carmen Thyssen Museum

The museum continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.

Fiercely Human – 17th-century Spanish art comes into its own at the Carmen Thyssen Museum with this exhibition of works by Spanish painters of saints, whose dramatic images were designed to draw people to religion. The exhibition includes modern takes on saints, such as Carlos Saura’s painting above. Until 18 February 2024.

The Carmen Thyssen Museum has a lovely café serving coffee, light snacks and lunch. There’s a daily lunchtime menu, which is excellent value for €12.90. 

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm. Tickets cost €10. Free entry on Sundays after 4pm. Note that if you’re resident in Malaga (you need to show proof), the entry fee is €6.)

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La Térmica

This cultural centre on the western seafront has one of the most colourful exhibitions in town this winter.

Victus et amictus showcases work by Mallorcan artist Ela Fidalgo, an award-winning fashion designer who has recently turned her attention to painting. You can clearly see the influence of fashion in her works that combine the use of fabrics, oils and crayons.

Until 28 January 2024. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm. Free entry.

Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre by walking along the western seafront or on the No 7 bus from the south side of the Alameda Principal (get off at the Santa Paula stop).

CAC Malaga

CAC Malaga has the following exhibitions in January.

nadie es nada

A retrospective of the acclaimed Spanish artist, Eduardo Gruber. Nobody is Nothing showcases nearly 90 works, mostly from the last decade and many seen for the first time in an exhibition.

Gruber offers a provocative look at the world, with thought-provoking paintings on war, free will and time. There’s also a selection of paintings of women prisoners held at the Sydney gaol in the early 20th-century, with a short story by Gruber on each.

Until 3 March.

Structures and Connections

Seville born artist Gerardo Delgado’s exhibition includes 18 works, created over the last two years. The paintings all feature bright colours and different lineal combinations.

Until 18 February.

While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking artwork and installations.

Tuesday to Sunday 9am-9.30pm. Free entry. 

Picasso Museum

The most-visited museum in southern Spain has a permanent collection, called Conversations with Picasso 2020-2023. The exhibition explores 8 decades of artistic creativity from the 20th century’s greatest artist. The Museum also has a room (Sala XII) showing 19 ceramics and 3 paintings created by Picasso between 1931 and 1962. You can also see 22 works from his La Californie sketchbook, which he drew in Cannes in 1956.

The Picasso Museum has also welcomed the second of its big exhibitions commemorating the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death last year. The Echo of Picasso examines the enormous influence the artist has had on other creators, both his contemporaries and those living now.

The exhibition showcases the work of 30 artists, all influenced by some aspect of Picasso’s creativity. The specially curated collection includes paintings, sculptures and installations, all of which are placed within the concept of Picasso and his work.

Until March 2024

You can also see The Many Faces of Picasso’s Late Works, intended as a companion exhibition. This one focuses on the artist’s depiction of the human face in the latter part of his life. Many of the works on show were controversial when Picasso created them, but are now highly considered. Until 4 February 2024.

Open daily 11am to 6pm. Tickets €9, free Sundays after 4pm.

Buy your Picasso Museum ticket in advance

Russian Museum 

Although this art museum in Malaga is no longer showing artworks from the Russian State Museum, its latest exhibitions are excellent and both draw on the alternative collections. 

Ahead of his time – dozens of artworks from the huge collection owned by José María Castañé. Divided into four sections, it showcases work by Russian artists as well as key figures from 20th century art such as Paul Delvaux, David Hockney, Eduardo Arroyo and Diego Rivera.

The two largest sections cover 20th century Russian art and contemporary art.

Different perspectives – two award-winning photographers, Elena Anosova and Javier Arboledas showcase their images of two different parts of Russia. Anosova focuses on a remote part of southern Russia, where his family comes from, and reflects on isolation and collective memory. Arboledas looks at Sosnovy Bor, one of the secret cities built during the 1950s in the USSR, and his pictures reflect on memory and utopia.

In the flow – German artist, Boris Groys, who spent many years in Russia, has three videocollages on display.

Buy your ticket for this museum now

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 5pm.

Pompidou Centre

The latest exhibition, Our Own Time, is our favourite so far. It’s divided into six sections (Leisure Time, Holiday Time, InnerTime, Interspatial Time, Introspective Time and Confrontation Time) and showcases work by artists from the early 20th century to the present day.

Expect to see the usual thought-provoking collection of paintings, sculptures, videos, photos and installations. Artists on show include Accardi, Léger, Matisse, Picasso and Zangewa.

Read about the latest collection at the Pompidou Centre

MixTree Music Interface Lounge by Matali Crasset (2005)

Magical Thinking

This exciting exhibition showcases the creations by Ettore Sottsass, who turned his hand at drawing, product and furniture design and sculptures. Until 24 February 2024.

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 5pm. 

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 13 January from 10am to 2pm and in Huelin Park (western seafront) on Saturday 20 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 Sundays in January on Plaza de la Merced from 11am to 8pm. Dates to be confirmed.

Soho Market takes place on Calle Tomás Heredia on Sunday 28 January between 11am and 7pm.

Heads-up for February

February means Carnival in Malaga – read all about Malaga Carnival

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