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By Mas Property

on Fri Dec 22 2023

Christmas in Marbella and across the Costa del Sol is a time of family, togetherness, and celebration. The streets come alive with twinkling lights, colorful decorations, and the aroma of traditional Spanish treats.

Nativity scenes, called “Belenes,” are intricately set up in churches, homes, and public spaces, portraying the birth of Jesus. These scenes are often accompanied by Christmas carols and religious processions.

One of the most beloved traditions during the Christmas season is the “Nochebuena” or Christmas Eve dinner. Families gather to enjoy a feast of traditional Spanish dishes, such as roast lamb, seafood, and a variety of sweets.

A popular dessert is the “Roscón de Reyes,” a ring-shaped cake filled with cream and topped with candied fruits, representing the three kings’ crowns. It is customary to hide a small figurine and a dried bean inside the cake, bringing luck to the person who finds the figurine and a duty to pay for next year’s cake to the one who finds the bean. New Year’s Eve, or “Nochevieja,” is a time of celebration and anticipation for the year ahead. Many people choose to celebrate in the bustling city of Malaga or in the beach towns along the Costa del Sol. Public squares and promenades are transformed into vibrant party venues, with live music performances, fireworks, and street festivals.

In Spain, the striking tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight is observed. Each grape represents good luck for the twelve months of the new year. It requires quick and precise grape consumption as the clock chimes, creating an exciting and joyful atmosphere. After the grapes, people often toast with Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine, and exchange warm wishes and embraces.

Another unique aspect of New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Costa del Sol is the tradition of ‘burning the old year’, where effigies, called “júas,” are created to symbolize the negative aspects of the past year. At midnight, these effigies are set alight in bonfires, representing the collective desire to leave behind any negativity and embrace the start of a fresh chapter.

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve on the Costa del Sol is a magical experience, combining traditional Spanish customs and festive cheer. The region’s vibrant atmosphere, illuminated streets, and culinary delights create a sense of joy and unity among the local community and visitors alike. Whether enjoying a family dinner, participating in lively street parties, or witnessing the burning of the old year, the Costa del Sol offers a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. As the year comes to a close, the Costa del Sol serves as a reminder of the importance of celebrating traditions, fostering togetherness, and embracing the opportunities that the new year holds.

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