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Christmas in Marbella & Sotogrande 2022

The Costa del Sol is a great place to spend the holidays if you know where to look. Still, with its micro-climate, the coast is never fully cold-cold, so you can enjoy most of the area’s fantastic outdoor attractions just as you normally would. If you are making your way to Marbella & Sotogrande during the festive season and aren’t quite sure where to start, have a read through our list of what to see and do in the area. However you choose to enjoy the best time of the year, we are sure it’ll be just magical. 

1. Buy a ticket for "El Gordo".

Did you know that the Spanish Christmas lottery is the biggest in the world? When you hear someone saying "El Gordo", they are referring to "the first prize", or how some of us like to call it, the jackpot, 4,000,000€. Official lottery stores all around Spain have been selling tickets since July, however, it is also common for bars and restaurants to sell them too, hoping to win big on 22nd of December. Ticket sales normally end on the night before the draw takes place, 21st of December.

2. Santa Claus is coming to Sotogrande!

On Sunday, 18th of December Santa Claus will arrive at El Mercado de Levante at the port in Sotogrande. Meanwhile you can enjoy the Christmas musical performances and many more magical activities.
Find out more here.

3. Head to Málaga.

You can enjoy the light show & Christmas music in Málaga until January 6th. The light and sound show in Calle Larios will be taking place three times a day, at 6.30pm, 8pm and 10pm.

4. Where to dine on Christmas Day?

Skip the kitchen this holiday. Below is a round-up of the five best Christmas Eve menus to enjoy with family and friends, and no clean-up needed. Many of them (but not all) located inside wonderful hotels.

1. Christmas Eve Dinner at El Jardín de Lutz or REI restaurant located inside the famous Finca Cortesin Hotel.

2. Christmas Eve 3-course menu at Society at the S/O Hotel in Sotogrande.

3. Christmas Gala dinner at the clubhouse at the iconic Marbella Club Hotel.

4. Experience your golden Mediterranean Christmas Eve at Puente Romano Beach Resort. Enjoy Christmas Eve at Sea Grill.