Christmas almost in the air in Málaga's Calle Larios
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