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Marbella Family Fun Weekly Newsletter -- December 16, 2011
December 16, 2011

Marbella Family Fun update - Friday December 16, 2011

* English movie listings

This is the listing for movies that are playing in Marbella and on the Coast in English from Friday December 16th until Thursday December 22nd.

Cines Gran Marbella Puerto Banus
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Fuengirola Miramar:
In Time
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Plaza Mayor Malaga:
Puss in Boots 2D
Puss in Boots 3D
Arthur Christmas 2D
Arthur Christmas 3D
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

TIP: If you are traveling far to see a particular movie, we recommend you call the cinema first. It is not unusual for cinemas to change their schedules without notifying us.

Click here to find movie times and locations...

* Club de Conversacion Marbella

Have you been struggling to learn Spanish? Do you try and then always give up in the end? Bored with homework, grammar exercises, and going to classes?

Try learning Spanish the easy way with Club de Conversación Marbella! Club de Conversacion Marbella is an alternative way to learn the Spanish language without the need to study at home, but instead, interact with people about their interests, hobbies and actual themes discussed by the teacher. Click here to read more...

* Bellaria Christmas treats

Struggling to keep up with the holidays? Make things easier and order your Christmas log, mince pies and holiday treats from Bellaria! We have tested many of their amazing desserts ourselves and are 100% hooked. They even tailor make your cakes with less sugar, organic ingredients or wheat free for celiacs. Just ask and they'll deliver. Click here to read more...

* Marbella baby groups

One of our readers asks, ”I moved to Marbella in September with my boyfriend and our daughter who is now one and have not been able to find any mother and baby groups. My boyfriend is doing a teacher training course so is out all day and I am desperate to meet other young mums. Does anyone know of any in the Marbella area?”

We have given a couple of suggestions, so take a look. If you attend a baby group, help out another mom and get in touch!Click here to read more...

* Making friends in Marbella

One of our readers asks, ”I'm Michelle, I'm from the Netherlands, 18 years old and I live in Marbella now for a couple of months. I would like to meet people from my age to go out for some drinks and have a chat :-) It would be great if you contact me!”

If you have some ideas on how Michelle can make new friends, please comment. It’s not always easy when you move away from home and find yourself in a totally new environment. Click here to read more...

* Shopping on Sundays

Remember that for the whole month of December both El Corte Ingles and La Canada shopping centers are open on Sundays. Also, keep in mind that these stores are open till 10:00 at night, so you can get some shopping done after work or before/after dinner. Or, have dinner at El Corte Ingles, there is a restaurant there as well as many eateries just outside of the shopping center. La Canada has a full food court and many cafes inside the center.

This is the last Sunday before Christmas so you may find yourself spending the whole day shopping.

TIP: If you are planning on going to La Cañada, please go as early as possible. The shopping center and parking lot fill up quickly and things get pretty mad there. Click here to read more...

* The Wizard of Oz at The Studio

On Saturday 17th December, the Estepona Youth Theatre will perform 'The Wizard of Oz' for all audiences. The show is an evening performance starting at 7pm at the Equestrian Centre, Estepona. Tickets are 5 euros. If you are interested for your child to start drama classes and have the chance to perform in shows or you just wish to purchase tickets, please call Julie Curran on 655 607 506. This is a great opportunity to see the final work from the Estepona Youth Theatre to get an idea if this is right for your child. Click here to read more...

* Au Pairs in Marbella

One of our readers asks ”I work as an Au Pair here in Marbella. I know a lot of German Au Pairs here, but I believe that there have to be Au Pairs from other nationalities as well. Do you have (know of) an Au Pair who I can get in touch with? I'm from Holland.”

Maybe we should put this Au Pair and Michelle together? ☺ If you have an au pair working for you or are one yourself, please get in touch. Looks like we may need to create a friendship board? Click here to read more...

* Hike in Tarifa mountains

Discover the mountains near Tarifa with a hike through Río Guadalmesí de Colada (Colada de la Costa) this Sunday December 18th with Salidas Abiertas. This is an 11 kilometer intermediate hike for only 12 euro, which includes guide, transportation and insurance.

If you miss this hike, don’t worry, there are others next year. Click here to read more…

* Getting your NIE number in Spain

One of our readers asks ”What is the best way to go about getting an NIE number? I am Canadian. What is the avg. price? Which police station is the best for getting your NIE number? ie. line ups, weeks on waiting for the number etc... Thank you in advance :) ”

Have you ever tried getting your NIE number in Spain? Well, it can be difficult if you are doing it on your own, especially if you don’t speak Spanish. If you have gone through the process, share any tips you may have. If you are about to get one, then this is a must read before you start the process.Click here to read more…

* Martial arts and gymnastics demonstration

XIII Exhibición de Navidad de Artes Marciales y Gimnasia Rítmica - The XIII Christmas exhibition of Martial Arts and Rhythmic Gymnastics is held on Saturday December 17th at the Palacio de Deportes de San Pedro (San Pedro Sports Palace) starting at 10:00am. Children from local clubs will be demonstrating their skills acquired during the first trimester. From 10:00 to 1:30 126 students from San Pedro and Marbella will hold demonstrations in aikido, judo, kung fu and karate. From 11:30 to 12:30 213 students will demonstrate their gymnastics skills including the "technical group" which is currently in the first division nationally.

This is an interesting chance to see what the local clubs can produce and may inspire your children to take up some of the activities offered by our community.

* Vive Tu Puerto Marbella

A special edition of Vive Tu Puerto Marbella will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 from 16.00 - 21.00, with live music, concerts and children's entertainment. Click here to read more…

* Chocolatada

Traditional chocolate with churros will be passed out for visitors of the Parque de la Platera on calle Juanar de la Barriada de la Platera on Saturday December 17th. If you are a chocoholic or are just curious about what this traditional Spanish dish is, then this is a must see. If you miss this one, don’t worry, there is another one next Friday December 23rd. Yum! Click here to read more…

* Spanish Christmas concert

On Saturday December 17th at 8:30pm the Municipal band Christmas concert will be held at the Palacio de Congresos "Pasadoble en La Polaca". Free entrance.

* Live nativity scenes

On December 18 at 12:30pm and 4:30pm a spectacular nativity scene will be performed at the Parque de la Alameda (Alameda Park) by the Hermanas Maldonado Dance School. Click here to read more…

* San Pedro Christmas concert

A festive Christmas concert by the Municipal Music Band will be held at the San Pedro de Alcántara Parish on Sunday December 18th. Click here to read more…

* The Multisports Club camp starts on Monday

Get the kids (4 - 14 yrs) busy and having fun with the Christmas and New Year Kids’ Camp at The Multisports Club!

WHEN: Monday 19th Jan to Friday 6th January 2011 from 10:00am until 2:00pm, Monday to Friday.

ACTIVITIES: Tennis, Padel, Basketball, Rounders, Hockey, Basketball and more fun games!Click here to read more…

* Horse riding winter camp

The Escuela de Arte Ecuestre in Estepona is offering children a great winter experience with their Pony Riding Winter Holiday School from December 19, 2011 to January 6, 2012. Click here to read more…

* Marbella ice skating rink

The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in Marbella just opened an 800 sq. meter ice skating rink, Christmas market and children's attractions last Thursday December 15th. Hours are from 12:00pm until 11:00pm. Free entrance and a nominal fee to ice skate and for rides. 7 euro for skate rental and 45 minutes of skating and rides cost 2.50 euros. Click here to read more…

* Marbella children’s Christmas party

Don’t miss the Christmas party in Marbella organized by Marbella Town Hall on Wednesday December 21st at 5:00pm. There will be a visit from Santa at the Barriado de la Plaza de Toros (Marbella Bullring). Loads of surprises. Children may bring their Christmas wish lists for Santa. Don't forget to include your name and address amd you will get a reply!Click here to read more…

* El Gordo Lottery

Lottery during the Christmas holidays is an institution in Spain. El Gordo drawn on December 22nd is the biggest prize. It is very widely played across the country, so get your tickets now and stay tuned for the big winner! If you miss this one, don’t worry, you can still catch El Niño held on January 6th. Click here to read more…

* Post your photos and tips on our Facebook wall

Marbella Family Fun is so fortunate to have such a great community. If you haven’t visited our Facebook wall yet, you really should. We have an active community there with quick tips and answers for you. Feel free to post on our wall anytime to share a nice restaurant, a beautiful view from your terrace or a warning about a bad experience you may have had at a local shop.

We all enjoy photos, and the easiest way to share your photos with us is through the Facebook app on your mobile phone. You just turn around and take a shot of wherever you may be, add a comment (if you like) and upload it immediately. It’s super easy and fun to see all the comments we get. Check out our Facebook wall now to see what we are talking about!

* We need your reviews

We are looking for reviews, even if they are just a sentence or two. I will be throwing out some businesses, restaurants, schools, and hotels out there to you every now and then, so feel free to comment on them either here on our website or scroll to the bottom of the mentioned page and click Write your own review. Or send us an email to You can also look out for our requests on our Facebook wall and answer directly there.

Our next request for a review is CALPE SCHOOL in San Pedro de Alcantara. Have your children attended this school? Let us know what you think. If you have criticism, please keep it constructive! Click here to read more…

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Thank you... and see you next Friday.
Zoriana - Marbella Family Fun

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