9 Charming Things To Do In Madrid For The Holiday Season


Madrid is Europe’s largest metropolitan city, and no doubt a lovely place to be for the holiday season. If this is your first Christmas in the city and you’re unsure of what to do, have no fear, there are plenty of fun and charming festivities happening all around you. Without further ado, here are 9 things to do in Madrid for the holiday season.


1.Christmas Market in Plaza de Espana and Plaza Mayor

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Every year, Madrid has Christmas markets pop up during the Christmas and New Years season. These are great places to indulge your sweet tooth, take a date, go with friends, or get some Christmas shopping done. Anything from toys, to crystals, jewelry, and desserts can be found in addition to general festivities and pop up performer.

2.Three Kings Parade 

This parade happens sometime after New Years. This particular event is especially fun for children and families! It begins in Nuevos Minesteris and ends in centro around 21:00. The three kings are Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, the three wise men (sometimes referred to as Wizards and Alchemists) that journeyed from the Middle East and witnessed what might have been a shooting star or planetary phenomenon.

3.Naturaleza Encendida in the Botanical Gardens

From the 14th of November to the 15th of January, the Botanical Gardens will be showcasing a beautiful fungi themed light show for visitors. The installation will tie in scientific research and be interactive to patrons and visitors, providing insight into various fungi species through a breathtaking, gorgeous, and majestic light-scape.

4. Ice Skating at Palacio or Matadero

Around the Holidays there are many ice skating rinks that will be open to the public in Madrid. Among the crowd favorites are those at Matadero, just a walk from Legazpie metro station, as well as the rink at Palacio! Throw on some skates! This is a perfect place for a date, a hang out with friends, or for a family outing.

5. Win the Lottery

El Gordo is a Christmas Lottery tradition that began in the 19th century. It is hosted in Madrid at Teatro Real in Opera annually. Each year, participants in the lottery stand a chance at winning a whopping 4,000,000 and there can be more than one. While tickets, of course, are not free, you can try your luck as you just might be one of the few to win the El Gordo prize money.  The total amount of money that will be dispersed is 2,240,000,000 which means 560 people can be among the lucky few to win.

6. Belen de Navidad

Belenes are otherwise known as Nativity Scenes and are quite popular in many cities across Spain. You can see them all around the city as Christmas and New Year approach. Ideally, they will be constructed and put on display in the more populated areas in Centro such as Plaza Mayor and other plazas as well.

7. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

The Holidays are always a time to go all out on sugary sweets. Namely, in Spain, Marzapan, Polvorones, and Turron are the customary candies to buy and make around Christmas and New Years. All three, while different, share a comment thread– that being that they are very dense, doughy, sweet, and decadent in their consistency. So one bar of each will last you and your loved ones a likely more than a day to consume.

8. Roscón de Reyes

This is a cake that is eaten around the Three Kings celebration and much like a Mardi Gras cake, a figurine is placed inside and whomever finds it is granted good luck for the entire year!
9. Eat Grapes
The New Years tradition in Madrid is usually to count down to the New Year while eating a grape per each second. Most Madrilenos go to Sol, however, one may prefer the views of Parque de las 7 Tetas for a more magical experience of this tradition. Eating grapes symbolizes good luck.

Madrid-based traveler, visual and performing artist, and content writer.

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