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Marbella Family Fun Weekly Newsletter -- December 2, 2011
December 02, 2011

Marbella Family Fun update - Friday December 2, 2011

* English movie listings

This is the listing for movies that are playing in Marbella and on the Coast in English from Friday December 2nd until Thursday December 8th.

Cines Gran Marbella Puerto Banus
The Killer Elite
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I

Fuengirola Miramar:
In Time
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I

Plaza Mayor Malaga:
Puss in Boots 2D
Puss in Boots 3D
The Adventures of Tintin 2D
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part I

Click here to find movie times and locations...

* Calpe School

Calpe School is an international school, offering the British National Curriculum, for boys and girls from ages 2 ½ to 11. The school has a proven record of preparing children to a high academic standard in a stable and caring environment.

If you are trying to choose a school for your child or would like to change schools in Marbella, consider Calpe School where a team of highly qualified and dedicated staff provide a thorough approach to education to children. Click here to read more...


Do you have children coming for the holidays and you don't have anything in the house to entertain them with? Then, why not "rent" them from is an online library offering books (English and Spanish), toys, DVDs and video games.

Your own children will love rotating books and toys so much they'll never get bored.

Choose what you like to be delivered within a few days. Keep your items for 30 days and choose again and send out your old ones. What a fantastic concept! Click here to read more...

* Talk Radio Telethon

Today is the one day radio telethon auction on Talk Radio Europe in aid of the Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice. Go to their website to bid on some amazing items…even if you don’t live in Marbella, there are some fantastic opportunities on holiday apartments, hotels and villas.

Go to the Marbella Family Fun website and click “like” on our special Cudeca Telethon post. For every "Like" we receive on this post Marbella Family Fun will pledge one euro (up to 1,000 euro). Tell your friends and family to come click! The more clicks, the more money raised for Cudeca. And if you like us, go ahead and "Like" our page too! Click here to read more...

* Alegria Cirque du Soleil

Today I popped into El Corte Ingles department store to buy tickets for Alegria, the Cirque du Soleil show that is held this weekend in Malaga and was disappointed to find out that there were no more tickets next to each other. There were only a dozen or so left all scattered throughout the audience.

If you are interested in going, you will have to try and find tickets somewhere else, go on your own or sit in separate seats from those you are going with. I wish I listened to my own advice to you and got tickets when I first posted this event! Click here to read more...

* Santa Claus at La Cañada

Santa Claus is visiting La Canada Marbella shopping center during the holidays. You can visit him everyday under the huge Christmas tree set up in the second phase of the shopping mall, next to H&M and Zara. He sits in his huge chair surrounded by gifts until December 26th. Click here to read more...

* Looking for Father Christmas

One of our readers asks, “Please can you tell me where there is a good Father Christmas I can take my 3 year old son to??”

We have lots of answers to this question, so take a look if you’re interested, or add to it if you have a good recommendation. Click here to read more...

* La Virginia Christmas market

We’ve all been waiting for this lovely Christmas market in the charming La Virginia neighborhood in Marbella. You can find lots of holiday gifts and treats including toys, antiques, Christmas baskets, gifts, books, clothes, chocolates, cookies, cakes, jams, ornaments, holiday cards and more. Click here to read more...

* Marbella ice skating rink

From December 15, 2011 to January 9, 2012 the Marbella ice skating rink is open to the public at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in the heart of Marbella. This 800 sq. meter ice skating rink also includes a Christmas market, bouncy castle, trampoines, carousel and children's attractions. Hours are from 12:00pm until 11:00pm. Click here to read more...

* Marbella Town Hall holiday schedule

Despite the lack of snow and frost, Christmas in Marbella can still be a very exciting time as the city lights up with Christmas decorations. Evenings are enchanting as you walk through the Plaza de los Naranjos and other squares around Old Town Marbella as well as San Pedro with its nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.

Marbella town hall has created an extensive Christmas program this year suitable for all ages which lasts from December 1st to January 5th. Christmas in Marbella officially kicks off with the inauguration of the town's nativity scene in the church square (Plaza de la Alameda), Santa's Grotto opening (Parque de la Alameda and the illumination of the city's streets on Calle Enrique del Castillo. Click here to read more…

* Shopping center opening hours

The holidays are here and some of the stores in Marbella keep shop open for longer hours so that we can keep on shopping. El Corte Inglés in Marbella keeps their doors open a whole extra day during the week. Shopping can continue on Sundays for the whole month of December this year.

Normally, El Corte Inglés is closed on Sundays (except in Summer), so everyone gives three cheers for an extra day of Christmas shopping in December. Hip hip hurray!

TIP: La Cañada shopping center follows the same opening days as El Corte Ingles. Click here to read more…

* Marbella Christmas market

From December 6 to 18, 2011 starting at 12:00pm come celebrate the Christmas Market at the Puerto Deportivo (sports port).

There will be lots of opportunities to get some Christmas shopping done with local items such as crafts, jewelry, ceramics, food items, games, and more. Click here to read more…

* Christmas fair in Sotogrande

Christmas Fair at The Terrace, Sotogrande. Visit our stand & view the stunning children's books & gifts - perfect for Christmas. Get your shopping off to a great start! Santas grotto will be there too... (Scroll down to comments to find more details.)Click here to read more…

* Christmas market in Los Barrios

Christmas Fair at Hacienda Almoguera in Los Barrios, Bay of Gibraltar 3 & 4th December 2011 from 11am to 9pm. A real family day out is on offer when a Christmas Fair takes place at Hacienda Almoguera near Los Barrios. The last 4 years have proved such a success that the organisers have decided to make it an annual event. Click here to read more…

* Music, art and food festival on Saturday

The December market takes place this month from 11:00am - 7:00pm. Enjoy live music concerts, traditional Spanish food and local arts and crafts. Entertainment for the children too! This is going to be a special Christmas market this time. Click here to read more…

* George Elliot foundation fundraiser

On Sunday the December 4, 2011 from 11:00am till 3:00pm, Galaxia playcenter in Guadalmina will be holding a Christmas Market in aid of the "Fundacion Elliot George"(Elliot George Foundation). With lots going on including visits from our favorite characters, balloon shaping, face painting and lots of stalls selling clothes, toys, shoes, accessories and much more. Click here to read more…

* Holidays on Tuesday and Thursday

Next week we will be enjoying a couple of days off for a bit of a breather before the Christmas rush with two holidays. On Tuesday December 6th Spain celebrates Constitution Day (Día del Constitución) and Thursday December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Spain (Inmaculada Concepcion).

Most businesses will be closed, however, restaurants and cafes are likely to be open for business. Local schools (both Spanish and some international) are also closed on these days, so all the kids will be out and about. Click here to read more…

* Nature Walk in Andalucia

Marbella Town Hall organizes walks through nature reserves, parks, mountains and other outdoor areas in Andalusia at very reasonable prices called Salidas Abiertas. This is a great way to discover the nature that exists along the Costa del Sol and Andalusia as well as a wonderful opportunity to meet locals and practice your Spanish.

This weeks walk takes you through Alfarnatejo. Click here to read more…

* Calendar of Events

There are many ways to follow all that is happening in Marbella and the Costa del Sol on Marbella Family Fun, so it’s just a matter to pick and choose what works best for you. Here are the ways:

Calendar of Events : Google calendar format. You can choose to view events by the month, by the week or listed.

Events (Family Forum) : Easy to read list format.

Marbella Town Hall Holiday Events : Holiday events organized by Marbella Town Hall. Most of them are free to the public including Santa’s grotto, nativity scenes (live ones too!), concerts and more.

Christmas and New Years events : This is a list of events uploaded to our site by various local businesses, schools and general public. Loads of Christmas markets to visit!

Click here to read more…

* 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. You can also look out for our requests on our Facebook wall and answer directly there.

Our next request for a review is ESTEPONA RIDING SCHOOL . Do you have/have had children attend this school? Do you ride at this school yourself? 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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