Fancy a Spanish Christmas?
It´s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas
I hear it all the time, Spain is not very Christmassy is it?
Well, they have obviously have not walked around Estepona lately, last Saturday the lights were switched on, and it is looking very much like Christmas.
There are several new additions to the lighting this year, including a lit arch leading to Calle Terraza in the middle of town, and lots of beautiful and highly effective white lit trees.
If you feel like venturing out of Estepona, and fancy the lights of a big city, take a trip to Malaga. The closest big city to Estepona, and a haven of Christmas cheer.
My shopping trip in Malaga every year, includes frothy hot chocolate, with a Christmas tree shaped cookie, all eaten in a typical warm and cosy Spanish patisserie, which is always beautifully decorated with gorgeous Christmas decorations. I shop till I drop, in a range of shops from your traditional British shops, Spanish equivalents and little boutiques, which are little treasure chests of Christmas ideas. The shops are always atmospheric but never heaving. Parking is free, and on site.
In the evening, the lights come on, and the magic really comes to life. Every little street was lit up with simple, but effective dangling lights. For the religious amongst you, there are also Belens (nativity scenes) around every corner, reminding us what Christmas is all about.
To round off the day, every evening there is a light show to music, which must be seen to be believed.
After the shopping is done and the lights have been gawped at, then ice skating beckons, with my hands stuffed in a mitten I glide around the ice, picturing myself in a 50s film. Well, my ice skating experience is something along those lines but with a few falls included.
If the coast just does not make you feel Christmassy, and a white Christmas is for you, then head up to Sierra Nevada, only two and a half hours from Estepona, you have a 100% guaranteed white Christmas. If ski-ing is not your bag, then you can kick off your shoes and relax in the fabulous Crescendo restaurant, with its roaring log fire, now if that does not make you feel Christmassy then baaaa humbug to you!
One thing you will notice in town is that Christmas takes a long time to end, once the year is over and the New Years Eve cobwebs have been blown away, Spain do it all again.
On the evening of the 5th January, every town comes alive with a procession, where the three kings come to town and throw sweets out to the eagerly waiting children (and parents). Then on the 6th January, the three kings visit every child and the fun begins again.
Now, somebody explain to me why it does not feel like Christmas in Spain!