It’s a little known fact that after Madrid it’s Málaga that boasts the most exciting Christmas lights display in the country. Yes the capital of the Costa del Sol leads the way in the south of Spain when it comes to preparing for the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. Although there’s a distinct lack of snow, a visit to this bustling city to soak up the sights and sounds is guaranteed to get you in a suitably festive mood. Málaga switched on approximately five million lights on Friday November 29th and since then many thousands of visitors have been pounding the pavements of the city centre in cheerful, open-mouthed admiration of the decorations. Hanging from every building, lamppost and Christmas tree, these lights make the city glow in more than one sense of the word. If you want to see the most spectacular lights then take a stroll down Malaga’s most prestigious shopping street – Calle Marqués de Larios (Calle Larios) – where the lights and atmosphere are breathtaking. Then you can saunter on to the Paseo del Parque with its trees draped in festive illuminations and its marble walkway lined with charming Christmas market stalls. Of course, no trip to Málaga would be complete without wandering pleasantly around the historic streets of the old quarter. Here you’ll discover that landmarks such as the cathedral, the city hall, the Plaza de la Merced and the Plaza del Teatro Cervantes give off a magical glow. In fact, just driving into the city along Alameda Park is a pleasure, with the experience almost blinding due to the number of illuminations lining the way. The lights are switched on from 6.30pm until midnight Sundays to Thursdays, and until 2.30am on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays. So if you still haven’t ignited that yuletide feeling you obviously need to get down to Málaga pronto!