Image of Madrid lighting at Christmas 2019

Christmas in Madrid is always a delight. For the animation of its streets, for the lighting, for the markets, for the leisure proposals and for the novelties that each year make this a unique time in the capital.

Whether it is the first time that you are going to live Christmas in Madrid or not, continue reading, because we have collected for you unique activities in the city, from the most traditional to the most innovative, to make this Christmas in Madrid 2019 is unforgettable.

What to do at Christmas in Madrid? 

If you wonder what to do at Christmas in Madrid, then we give you some ideas about nativity scenes, markets, races and gastronomy.
From the popular tour of the most emblematic nativity scenes of the city that includes the one that is exposed inside the Royal Palace or the municipal nativity scene of the Cibeles Palace to a visit to those lifelong patisseries, such as San Onofre or El Riojano, in which you can buy and taste artisan nougat.
The options for those who want to live a very traditional Christmas in Madrid are many and varied.
Buying at least one lottery ticket in Doña Manolita and having a chocolate with churros in the middle of the afternoon in San Ginés are obligatory tasks in a very Madrid Christmas.

So is visiting some of the Christmas markets that dot the city map these days, either to buy Christmas ornaments, or to get the perfect artisan gift. In fact, this year the offer grows with the celebration, at the Matadero in Madrid, of the Design Market – Xmas Vibes, for fans of sustainable fashion and design.
Although that, those who have spent time enjoying Christmas in Madrid already know.
What may escape you this year is that Madrid’s Barrio de las Salesas will host the first Christmas showcase festival. Turn on Madrid in charge of art galleries, design and fashion stores, restaurants, etc., which will be left to 39 interior designers renowned lighting and decoration of its exhibition spaces.
Or that hundreds of riders will take on the Paseo de la Castellana on the 8th in another edition of the endearing Santa Claus race that reaps every year more adepts and that is a perfect way to warm up engines in the face of the popular  San Silvestre Vallecana.

Christmas with children in Madrid 

But if what you want (and need) is to enjoy Christmas with children in Madrid, surely the above proposals will not seem enough to fill that endless empty hours left by the lack of school.
Do not hurry, for your children and nephews we have even more proposals to enjoy until the celebration of the Cavalcade of the Magi in Madrid. Take note:

  • Ice rinks

    to sweat without stopping laughing, like the ones that will be installed in Matadero Madrid or in the Only You Atocha hotel.

  • Classic carousels,

    both in the Plaza de Oriente and in Santa Cruz.

  • Theater plays,

    musical shows and storytelling at Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Centro Cibeles or the Circus Price.

  • The Forest of Desires,

    in the courtyard of the Royal Post Office, where you can write your wishes on paper balls and hang them on the branches of fir trees.

  • The Christmas House,

    also in the Royal Post Office and which represents the village where the elves who work for Santa Claus live, as well as the latter’s office. You can make sweets and even leave your letters to Santa Claus.

  • Madrionetas.

    The Fernán Gómez Cultural Center of the Villa celebrates the second edition of a children’s festival dedicated to puppets with more than 40 shows.

  • Department of Extraordinary Shipping.

    One more year, Correos opens the doors of a magical room, “The Archery”, located in the Ministry of Development, to know, first hand, the route made by the letters written to Santa Claus and the Magi.

  • Cortylandia,

    in the El Corte Ingles Preciados-Callao and that this year presents a show inspired by the work of Santa’s elves.

  • The Train of the Reyes Magos,

    which leaves from the Prince Pio Station and travels for an hour and ten minutes with the presence of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar.

    Madrid Lighting at Christmas 2019

    Following the tradition of recent years, once again in the next holidays the Madrid Lighting at Christmas 2019 will delight all Madrid residents and all those who visit us on these dates. This is what you have to know:

  • The Lighting of the Christmas lights 2019

    is a magical moment that, without a doubt, kicks off Madrid Christmas. Traditionally, it takes place on the third weekend of November and involves the launch of one of the most anticipated services of the year such as Naviluz.

  • Naviluz

    is a bus that travels, in 50 minutes, the main streets of the city center to enjoy the Christmas lighting that adorns the most significant arteries of Madrid. It is convenient to book tickets for this activity in advance. You can do it from the Naviluz website.

  • Lighting of the Royal Botanic Garden.

    However, if there is an event that deserves special attention on Madrid’s Christmas agenda for this year, it is the lighting of the Royal Botanic Garden for the first time. A total of 360,000 LED lights fill this exceptional natural space with magic in a true light show that can be admired in 60-minute passes between 6 pm and 11 pm.

Image source: Cadena Ser

Written by Ana Calero
Degree in Business Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is part of the Proinca Apartments team and is a lover of Madrid.

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