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Marbella Family Fun Weekly Newsletter -- December 21, 2012
December 21, 2012

Marbella Family Fun update - Friday December 21, 2012

* English movie listings

This is the listing for movies that are playing in Marbella and on the Costa del Sol in English from Friday december 21st until Thursday December 27th

Cines Gran Marbella Puerto Banus:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Fuengirola Cinesur Miramar:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Plaza Mayor Malaga:
Skyfall 007
Life of Pi
Life of Pi 3D
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D
The Impossible
Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2
Les Miserables

Click here to find movie times and locations...

* Maison Afrique du Sud

Winter opening hours at Maison Afrique du Sud, where you can find original furniture and handmade sofas from South Africa: Mon - Fri 10:30 - 7, Saturdays 11 -2, Sundays closed.

For Fine Design - fabulous handmade sofas with comfort like sitting on a cloud, plus a continually changing collection of original fine art & decorating accessories to complement your interior design. Click here to read more…

TIP: You must pop into this store to get great ideas for the home and a warm welcome from the staff. Top notch! Conveniently located across from the Marbella Club Hotel on the Golden Mile.

* Costa del Sol attractions

There are a ton of things to do in Marbella for the whole family. From water parks to indoor playgrounds, there is something for kids of all ages. Read parent reviews on Costa del Sol attractions, or write your own! Click here to read more...

TIP: If you have babies, then check out the Marbella with Babies page to find more baby appropriate activities.

* Atletico Las Chapas

Atletico Las Chapas football club has just celebrated their Christmas party for the kids and are on break for the holidays. This is a fantastic club for boys and girls aged 3 to 14 years old where some of the best FA approved coaches provide a fun, structured programme.

Atletico Las Chapas is located in Las Chapas near El Platero school in Elviria. Just read some of the fantastic reviews we got from happy parents to see why this club is so popular. Click here to read more...

* Santa’s grotto at Galaxia playcenter

At Galaxia Playcenter in Guadalmina (San Pedro) holiday elves will take you through the Grotto to see Santa on Friday December 21 and Saturday December 22 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. You can give him your Christmas wish list and he will give you an early Christmas treat or two!! Click here to read more...

* How to meet people in Spain

If you recently moved to the Costa del Sol or are spending more than just a few days visiting, then you will be interested in this article on how to meet and connect with locals in Spain. Great tips, hints and recommendations on how to get the ball rolling in the social sector. Click here to read more...

* Marbella Town Hall Christmas Events

Christmas is here and the Marbella Town Hall has plenty of events for everyone young and old. From Christmas caroling to a visit with the Three Kings there is something to interest everyone. Many of these events take place in Old Town Marbella, where the spirit of Christmas comes to life, so be sure to pop into that part of town sometime during your trip. Click here to read more...

* Kids Christmas park

The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in Marbella opens a fun kids indoor park with plenty of attractions and entertainment including bouncy castles, sumo, gladiator, rock climbing wall, zip line, bici-cart circuit, video games, workshops, multi-adventure circuit and much more. Entrance: 8 euro (full day), 6.50 euro (half day) or 14-day pass for 25 euro. Click here to read more…

* Friday Christmas events

Here are some of the holiday events that Marbella Town hall has organized for today, Friday December 21.

Old Town Neighborhood Day 10:00am – 8:30pm Business and shop owners of Old Town Marbella present gifts to passersby with a promotion and free tasting of their holiday products. This is a special Marbella Christmas events.

Santa visit 6:00pm Santa Claus visits the Old Town Marbella.

Christmas treats 6:00pm Christmas snack at the Centro de Personal Mayores (Senior Citizen Center) at the Marbella bullring (Plaza de Toros).

Cooking contest 6:00pm Contest of Traditional Dishes at the Centro de Personal Mayores Encarna Cantero de Marbella. (Senior Citizen Center).

Music concert 9:00pm "Otoño es Musica" concert with Enrique Heredia "Negri". Teatro Ciudad de Marbella. Entrance: 25 euro. Tickets may be purchased at El Corte Ingles and theatre box office. Click here to read more…

* Costa Bear cupcake workshop

Tomorrow, December 22 and Saturday December 29th bring the kids and their friends along for a cupcake workshop at Costa Bear Marbella from 11:00am to 2:00pm. A perfect rainy day activity and a chance to build your own teddy bears! Click here to read more…

TIP: A trip to Costa Bear makes a fantastic Christmas gift for your kids!

* Three Kings Day

Three Kings Day is celebrated throughout Spain on Sunday December 6th. This holiday celebrates the visit of the Three Kings to worship and bring gifts to the new-born Jesus Christ. In Spain, it has traditionally been the most important day that culminates the ¨Christmas¨ holidays.

The Three Kings are celebrated pretty much like Christmas´ Santa Claus. Children write a letter to the Kings asking for their desired toys. Many cities set up locations where the kids can deposit their letter to the ¨Royal mailman¨. Click here to read more…

TIP: Three Kings Day is a national holiday in Spain, so shops and businesses will be closed. Get any food shopping you need a day or two before. Because this holiday falls on a Sunday, Monday December 7th is also a “bridge” holiday too.

* Marbella Christmas market

Every Sunday in December from 12:00pm to 6:00pm visit the Christmas Market at the Puerto Deportivo (sports port) in Marbella for a very special chance to buy local handmade gifts for friends and family. Click here to read more…

* Visit from the Royal Mailman

December 26 - January 5: Royal Mailman to the Three Wise Men visit. 
Three Kings Day is a big deal here in Spain. If your children would like to participate in this fun holiday, they can visit the Royal Mailman to the Three Kings who welcomes all children with their holiday wish lists at Parque de la Alameda.

Visiting hours: 
 Mornings: 11:00am - 1:30pm 
 Afternoons: 6:00pm to 8:30pm 
 December 31 - January 5 – 11:00am - 1:30pm

Don't forget to write your name and address in your letters to the Three Kings so that they can send you a letter back. The post office will be installing a mailbox for your letters. Click here to read more…

* Holiday shopping hours

Sunday December 23 and December 30, El Corte Inglés and La Cañada shopping centers will be open for all the last minute holiday shoppers. Click here to read more…

TIP: Keep in mind that holiday sales begin after Three Kings Day.

* Parking meters and fines

One of our readers has a question and asks, ”I am selling my car and it has come up that I have an outstanding fine to pay from 2008.”

First of all, be sure you are parking in designated parking zones when you park your car, i.e. public parking lots and curbs painted blue where you will find a parking meter nearby. Most curbside parking meters are free on holidays. You will also find free parking Monday to Friday 2:00-4:00 and 8:00pm to 9:00am. Free on Saturdays after 2:00pm and all day on Sundays.

Otherwise, you just stick your coins in the meter and the time that the ticket expires will appear on the screen in front of you. Keep putting money in until the time you desire appears. Then press the green button (OK) and the ticket will pop out at the bottom of the meter. Place this piece of paper on the car dashboard so that the meter checkers can see the time. If you find a ticket from the police (if you have gone overtime), check first if you can pay a fine (usually 3 euro) in the meter. You get about 30 minutes slack.

There are several ways to pay parking fines, so if you get caught with one of these presents, take a look at this page. Click here to read more…

* Moscow ballet on ice

The classical ballet of Moscow performs on ice at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Marbella on Thursday January 3rd. This unique performance includes scenes from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. Tickets may be purchased at ticket box office or online at Click here to read more…

TIP: Check out the Marbella Town Hall Christmas events page for more holiday fun ideas.

* Marbella restaurants

Looking for a good place to eat in Marbella? Check out our list of family friendly restaurants. They’re our favorites! Click here to read more…

TIP: Do you have a restaurant recommendation? Tell us where is your favorite place to go!Click here for more details.

* Costa del Sol excursions

Whether you are in Marbella or the Costa del Sol for a day or for several weeks there are plenty of things to do and see while you are here. Take a look at the top Marbella sites or hop in the car and travel a bit further to see more of the Spanish countryside and even Gibraltar! So much to choose from and so little time! Read our family reviews and get organized now. Click here to read more…

* Marbella Family Fun Calendar

Check out the Marbella Family Fun Calendar of Events page to see all that is going on in Marbella during your stay. We organize family friendly events on this page to help you plan your trip and see what’s on in Marbella ahead of time. Click here to read more…

TIP: If you have a family friendly event to announce, tell us about it!

* El Gordo lottery

Lottery during the Christmas holidays is an institution in Spain. El Gordo is drawn on December 22nd and is the biggest prize. It is very widely played across the country, so get your tickets now if you would like to take your chances and participate in this national "sport". Click here to read more…

* Live nativity scene and Christmas concert

On Sunday December 23 at 12:00 witness a Live Nativity Scene at the Headquarters of A.V.V. Pablo Picasso de Marbella (Plaza de la Concordia). Actors play the part of all the characters in the nativity scene. Click here to read more…

* Children's holiday party

On Thursday December 27 at 5:00pm children of all ages are welcome to attend the Christmas holiday party organized by the Marbella Town Hall at the Parque de la Represa de Marbella. Loads of entertainment, activities and surprises. Click here to read more…

* Magic Show

On Friday December 28th, Marbella Town Hall has organized a kid friendly Magic show at the Teatro Ciudad de Marbella starting at 9:00pm. This is an event by Jorge Blass "El Arte de la Magia". Tickets may be purchased at El Corte Ingles and theatre box office. Click here to read more…

* Public new years eve parties

Celebrate New Years Eve in the streets with the locals on December 31! Most villages and cities organize New Year's Eve parties in their main squares starting at midnight. There will be a party in Marbella on Plaza de los Naranjos in Marbella Old Town and in San Pedro on Plaza de la Iglesia. Click here to read more…

* Día de los Inocentes

One of our readers from the past was confused and asks, "Everyone is acting strange and joking today on December 28th. I hear it is because of a holiday, dia de los Inocentes, what is this?".

Not sure what’s going on? Click here to read more…

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

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