Christmas time in Madrid
Christmas time in Madrid

Christmas time is here and we’d like to encourage you to discover Madrid during these magical days both for kids and adults.

The best area for lodging in order to enjoy Madrid’s Christmas atmosphere is the historic district.


Streets are decorated with the most beautiful dress: gorgeous lights.
Trees acquire a nice Christmas look and shops and markets are decorated accordingly.
It’s a great chance to walk along the streets and hidden squares enjoying the magic of this time of year.


At Plaza Mayor you’ll find of the most traditional and well-known Christmas markets in the city. It’s full of stalls where you can buy all kind of Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, funny outfits and joke ítems.

Another area, close to Plaza Cibeles, along Paseo de Recoletos, is a good spot to buy handmade crafts and gifts


Some of the most beautiful Nativity scenes in Madrid are at these locations:

  • Palacio de Cibeles,(Town Hall). Open from November 23rd till January 8th.
  • Real Casa de Correos, (Regional Government at Puerta del Sol square). Open till December 6th till January 5th.
  • Plaza de Salvador Dalí (at Goya Metro station): A smaller Nativity scene but also very nice and interesting.
  • En la Plaza Mayor, Beneath one of the arcades is set a nice Nativity scene.
  • Royal Palace
  • Casa de la Villa (Old Town Hall at Plaza de la Villa, 5)
  • Real Basílica de San Miguel (Calle San Justo, 4)






These days many concerts and events take place in the city. Here are just two suggestions:

  • HOLLYWOOD CONCERT at Royal Theater. A light and music show performed by a symphony orchestra playing famous movie soundtracks that will give you goose bumps.
  • CHRISTMAS CONCERT. Traditiional Christmas concert that will be held at Zarzuela Theater (Calle Jovellanos, 4) on December 29th.

Check out this link for more concerts and events: 


Kids are the stars during these days of Christmas and so there are many activities just for them.
We’d like to highlight these 3:
A show produced by the Spanish showman Emilio Aragon in which he pays tribute to the world of the circus.
Presents the famous Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in an original way.
The main facade of the Corte Ingles department store (the one located next to calle Arenal) turns into into a world of fantasy with holiday figures that move and sing. This year dogs are the main stars of the show.






There are temporary ice rinks where you can ice skate.
You will find one at the Crystal Gallery of Cibeles Palace (Town Hall) and another at Colon Square.


o wrap up Christmas season, enjoy this traditional parade organised by Madrid Town Hall.
It will take place the evening of January 5th.
Usually it is a bit crowded but If you prefer something not so crowded, don’t worry because there are several parades taking place that same day in other neighbourhoods around the city.

As we stated earlier in this post, if you are going to visit Madrid, our recommendation is to stay in the Downtown Historic District so you can easily enjoy everything that’s going on.
At CROSS CHECK we offer apartments in the very heart of town.

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