• Mercadillo de Navidad de la Plaza Mayor. Navidad 2023-2024

A Madrid-style Christmas

  • Navidad en la Puerta del Sol 2023. Autor: Álvaro López del Cerro. @ Madrid Destino
  • Luces de Navidad 2023 en la Gran Vía de Madrid. Autor: Álvaro López del Cerro. © Madrid Destino
  • Fachada de la Galería Canalejas durante la Navidad 2023
  • Flor de Pascua gigante iluminada en la Gran Vía, esquina con Alcalá. Navidad Madrid. 2023 Autor: Álvaro López del Cerro. © Madrid Destino
  • Menina gigante navideña 2021 © Madrid Destino. Álvaro López del Cerro
  • Christmas lights
  • Holiday activities
  • Festive treats
  • Special Christmas Lottery
  • New Year's Eve
  • San Silvestre Vallecana run
  • Three Kings parade

It's that time of year again. Of all of Madrid's festivals, Christmas fills the city with a special kind of magic...and a special kind of sparkle too! Neighbourhoods across the capital dazzle as Madrileños and locals come together on our streets to enjoy the festive season

From the end of November until the beginning of January, glimmering lights, holiday decorations and glowing window displays take over the city. It's impossible not to be mesmerised by these multicoloured light displays, which meet strict requirements in terms of energy efficiency and the environment.

Decked out streets and huge Christmas trees

Every year, the main avenues and buildings across the city twinkle with creations by renowned Spanish architects and designers. While illuminated Nativity scenes can be found at various emblematic monuments and at the entrances to Plaza Mayor, our squares and streets are also adorned with colourful bulbs. Not forgetting the impressive Christmas trees dotted all around the capital.

Christmas lights timetable 2023-2024

From 23 November to 7 January:

  • Sundays to Thursdays: 6pm to midnight
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 6pm to 1am
  • 5 to 8 December: 6pm to 1am
  • 24 December and 5 January: 6pm to 3am
  • 31 December: 6pm to 6am

    Feeling festive?

    • Find the best Christmas events and festive activities taking place around the city.

      What's on this Christmas
    • Luces de Navidad 2023 en la Gran Vía de Madrid. Autor: Álvaro López del Cerro. © Madrid Destino


    The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

    An observation deck offering wonderful vistas of the city.

    Visit our online store (in Spanish) of souvenirs made by local artisans!

    • Discover the city's most popular sights and attractions, from one of Europe's largest royal palaces to the magnificent Prado Museum and the Real Madrid football stadium. 

      Madrid Top 10
    • Palacio Real
    • Madrid has lots of activities for children. Check out our suggestions to make the most of your great family holiday.

      Madrid for Kids
    • Primavera con niños
    • Madrid's excellent transport system allows you to get around the city quickly and safely by bus, metro, train or taxi.

      Getting around Madrid