5 extraordinary sights to see during Christmas in Madrid, Spain

Lights, sparkling window displays and Christmas decorations transform Madrid, as Madrileños get ready for their favourite holiday.

Madrid transforms itself into a light spectacle as the streets are filled with colourful, eco-friendly lights from the end of November right up to the beginning of January. The Christmas lights have been crafted by renowned Spanish graphic artists, architects and designers and all the popular areas of the city shine with the results of their efforts.

In 2017, Calle Alcalá resembled a star-filled sky, while Calle Serrano, Madrid’s fashion street, was also dressed up in style [VIDEO]. The city sees tall Christmas trees in the main squares, including Plaza San Juan de la Cruz, Puerta del Sol, Plaza España, Calle Fuencarral, Plaza de Colón and Plaza de Callao.

The city also hosts numerous festive activities [VIDEO] for the whole family.


Christmas markets in Madrid

As noted by TT Madrid, the main market is held in Plaza Mayor, where every kind of Christmas decoration and nativity scene figures can be found. However the city also hosts a number of smaller markets offering handcrafted items, idea for a last-minute gift for a loved one. The Gran Via, Puerta del Sol and Callao area has everything in the way of presents for friends and family. The kids will also come across Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men in the area, ready to collect their letters.


Nativity scenes in Madrid

Churches and cultural centres throughout the city host elaborate, life-size nativity scenes including figures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, along with the angels, shepherds and the Three Wise Men who followed the star to Bethlehem.


Christmas Carousel in Plaza de Oriente

The children will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Plaza de Oriente, where they can ride on a vintage carousel playing festive tunes. The area surrounding the Royal Palace is also full of colour and sparkling lights for the occasion.


Cortylandia 2018 in Madrid

One of Madrid’s customary attractions is set up each year by the El Corte Inglés department store on Calle del Maestro Victoria. This year there will be a small train, filled with animated characters to delight the children. The kids can enjoy 15-minute shows throughout the day, with characters on the train and snowmen singing Christmas carols.


Naviluz Christmas Bus

According to Madrid's official website, this is the best way to visit all the major landmarks and Christmas locations in Madrid. Take a 45-minute ride from Plaza de Colón to see all the best magical Christmas light displays. The bus leaves every fifteen minutes and tickets can only be purchased online at naviluz.emtmadrid.es.

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