How to celebrate Christmas in Madrid: plans and recommendations

Spending Christmas in Madrid is a very good idea. The city is fully dressed for the occasion and the streets and squares are illuminated. There are also many events and activities for all tastes and ages.
Christmas in Madrid offers a large number and variety of plans for locals and visitors to Madrid on these special dates for everyone. You can enjoy cultural and leisure activities, which make this time of year one of the most popular with tourists in Madrid.

Let's take a look at some of the most important ones, as this year Madrid is once again experiencing the traditional great Christmas atmosphere that has now fully recovered after the pandemic.

Christmas plans and activities in Madrid that you can't miss out on

Lighting. The Christmas festivities in Madrid officially begin each year with the switching on of the Christmas lights, which took place on Friday 25 November. The Christmas lights, as is traditional, take centre stage in the streets of Madrid, and are in themselves a good excuse to stroll through the squares and streets of the city centre at this time of year.

The Christmas bus. Another Christmas tradition in the capital is to be able to see the Christmas lights from the Christmas Bus that travels along the main avenues of Madrid.

Videomapping in Palacio de Cibeles. It is spectacular and is projected on the facade of the Palacio de Cibeles, headquarters of the city council of the capital, has become a good way to welcome the Christmas holidays in Madrid.

The Zambombada also returns to the streets of the centre of Madrid from the Plaza de la Villa to the Plaza de Oriente, with music by rondas and cuadrillas from different parts of the Community, and a total of some 200 participants.

Articus, the Christmas amusement park, lands for the first time in Madrid. A plan that will take place from 16 December to 8 January 2023.

The factory of the Three Wise Men. From 25th November to 5th January you can visit this magical place. Here you can learn about the history of the kings of the east, visit the inside of the toy factory, meet the kings and hand in your letter.

CaixaForum: exhibitions, family cinema and great shows await you.

Magical Christmas in Torrejón (south of Madrid). The Magical Christmas is back and it's with the best and biggest Christmas Park in Spain, which has become the Spanish tourist destination of reference for the whole family. Tickets are only 2 or 3€ depending on the day.


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