Christ­mas al­most in the air in Málaga's Calle Lar­ios

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By Suzan Davenport THE bare bones of scaf­fold­ing that will be­come a cathe­dral of light and mu­sic are be­ing erected in Calle Lar­ios this week, in prepa­ra­tion for the in­au­gu­ral switch­ing-on cer­e­mony for the Christ­mas dis­play on Novem­ber 24.

This year’s de­sign, which once again will stretch the length of the city’s most em­blem­atic street, in­cludes 2,630 ca­bles of mi­cro LED lights, two domes, and 18 por­ti­cos dec­o­rated with stained glass win­dows por­tray­ing re­li­gious scenes.

Christ­mas fans will be pleased to hear the hugely pop­u­lar mu­sic and light dis­plays will be re­turn­ing, al­though the town hall has yet to con­firm the times, but it’s thought they’ll be at 6.30pm and 9.30pm, like last year.

This year the mu­sic is more fes­tive and shop­pers will be able to tap their toes to the Wizards in Win­ter by the Trans-Siberian Orches­tra, Christ­mas Festival by The Bos­ton Pops Orches­tra and an all-time favourite, Feliz Navi­dad by Boney M.

As well as the main dis­play in Calle Lar­ios the dec­o­ra­tions will spread out across the his­toric city cen­tre and this year will in­clude eight new streets. Six large Christ­mas trees, from nine to 18 me­tres in height, will be placed around the city. Most of them are metal­lic struc­tures but there’ll be a liv­ing tree lit up in the cen­tre of the lake in Huelin park.

The al­most two mil­lion en­ergy-ef­fi­cient lights will be lit ev­ery evening from 6.30pm to 2am un­til Jan­uary 6, and, says the town hall, will cost around €1,500 for the whole pe­riod.

Coun­cil­lor Teresa Por­ras said at the pre­sen­ta­tion last week that the coun­cil’s ob­jec­tive is to at­tract vis­i­tors not only from Málaga prov­ince but also from abroad. She said, “Málaga has be­come a Christ­mas tourist at­trac­tion thanks to its street dec­o­ra­tions and mu­sic and light show. We are pi­o­neers in this and we know other cities want to in­tro­duce shows like the one we started last year”.

A mock-up of this year's de­sign, the struc­ture for which is cur­rently be­ing erected

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