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Christmas in Madrid

Christmas in Madrid: A Complete Guide to December 2023

Christmas in Madrid is an experience full of magic and charm. The city dresses in lights and colors, offering a myriad of activities and events that capture the festive spirit. If you are planning to visit Madrid in December 2023, get ready to immerse yourself in a unique atmosphere. Join us in this detailed tour of the best Christmas plans in Madrid!

What to do on Christmas Day in Madrid?

December 25th is a special day in Madrid. Although many places are closed, the city does not stop vibrating with its Christmas spirit:

  • Christmas Walks: The streets of Madrid, especially in the historic center, are beautifully decorated. A walk along Gran Vía, Sol or Plaza Mayor offers a spectacular view of the city.
  • Misa del Gallo: Participating in the Misa del Gallo in cathedrals and churches such as the Almudena is an impressive cultural and spiritual experience.
  • Parks and Gardens: Places like the Retiro Park offer a space of tranquility and beauty, perfect for a walk after Christmas dinner.

Christmas Markets in Madrid

Christmas markets are an essential part of the celebration in Madrid. They open at the end of November and each one has its own charm:

  • Plaza Mayor: The most traditional, with stalls of handicrafts, decorations and typical sweets.
  • Plaza de España: It offers a mixture of handicrafts and modern gastronomic proposals.
  • Feria-Mercado de Artesanía de la Comunidad de Madrid: Ideal to find unique and handmade gifts.
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Events and Activities in December

December is full of events and activities for all tastes:

  • Christmas Lighting: The Christmas lighting in Madrid is a spectacle in itself. The lights are turned on at the end of November and last until the beginning of January.
  • Christmas Concerts: From classical performances at the Teatro Real to more modern concerts at venues such as La Riviera.
  • Ice Skating Rinks: Places like Matadero Madrid or the Crystal Gallery of the Cibeles Palace become perfect spaces for skating.

The Gastronomy of Christmas in Madrid

You can’t visit Madrid at Christmas without trying its typical gastronomy:

  • Christmas sweets: Turrones, marzipan, polvorones and roscones de Reyes are a must.
  • Christmas dinners: Many restaurants offer special menus for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
  • Chocolate con Churros: A classic in San Ginés, perfect to warm up in the cold mornings.

Cultural and Leisure Activities

Madrid in December is also synonymous with culture and leisure:

  • Theater and Dance: The National Ballet of Spain and other groups offer Christmas shows.
  • Museums: The Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza have special opening hours and temporary exhibitions.
  • Christmas Cinema: Madrid’s movie theaters offer a selection of classic films and seasonal premieres.

What to do on December 25th?

Although it is a quiet day, there are options to enjoy:

  • Open Restaurants: Some restaurants remain open offering special meals.
  • Cinemas and Theaters: A popular activity among Madrileños after the family meal.
  • Outdoor Walks: A walk through Madrid Rio or the Temple of Debod can be a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

Visit Madrid at Christmas with Trip Tours Madrid

With Trip Tours Madrid, your Christmas experience will be unforgettable. Our tours are designed to show you the best of the city during this special time. From flea market tours to strolls through the Christmas illuminations, we guarantee you a unique experience.

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