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 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
Cancelled in 2021, but you can see 3 giant figures of the kings in Calle Alcazabilla, Calle Compañía and Plaza Feliz Saenz. The Three Kings Parade usually 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.
Malaga Theatre Festival
Malaga celebrates the 38th edition of the Theatre Festival in 2 acts this year, the first between 8 January and 4 February and the second during 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.
Musical events in Malaga in January
With the Cervantes Theatre celebrating the Theatre Festival this month, concerts move to other scenarios.
Three Kings Gala Concert
The Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra plays John Williams classics including the sound tracks from Jaws and Jurassic Park as well as a long list of well known movie music from films like Indiana Jones, Hook and Star Wars. They play at the FYCMA (Congress and Exhibition Centre) on Saturday 9 January at 7pm and Sunday 10 January at noon. Tickets cost €15 and are available here.
The monthly free concert at the Museum of Malaga takes place on Sunday 10 January at noon and features brass musicians. Tickets are available from the museum website from Monday 4 January. Maximum 2 tickets per person.
Family fun at the Botanics
The Concepción Botanical Gardens have family fun every Saturday and Sunday in January at 11am and 12.30pm. The activity lasts 2 hours and includes games, a puppet show and guided tour of the garden. It costs €7.50 per person (under 3s are free). Maximum 20 people per group, social distancing and masks compulsory. Book your place by phoning 951 92 61 80 o 647 58 54 57.
Creators of Conscience
120 photos by Spain’s top photojournalists are on display until 19 March in the Sala Mingorance (Archivo Municipal, Alameda Principal 23) and the Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País (corner of Plaza de la Constitución). Both open Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 6pm; Sala Mingorance opens at weekends 10am to 1pm; and SE on Saturdays only 11am to 2pm.
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 9 January from 10am to 2pm and in Huelin Park (western seafront) on Saturday 23 January from 10am to 3pm.
El Zoco arts and crafts market takes place every Sunday on Muelle Uno between 11am and 6pm.
El Paseo Market arts and crafts is on Sunday 10 January on the Malagueta seafront from 11am to 7pm.
Heads-up for February
The Teatro Soho has a flamenco festival with some big names from 12 to 21 February. Full programme and more information here. Note that due to covid-19 restrictions, this has been postponed to 23 April to 2 May.