A Madrid-style Christmas

  • Iluminación navideña
  • Christmas lights
  • Christmas activities
  • Christmas sweets
  • Special Christmas Lottery
  • New Year's Eve
  • San Silvestre Vallecana run
  • Three Kings parade

As twinkling lights, Christmas decorations and sparkling window displays transform the city, magic fills the air and Madrileños prepare to celebrate their favourite holiday of the year.

From the end of November till the beginning of January, the city’s streets, buildings and squares twinkle with eco-friendly colourful lights created by renowned Spanish designers, architects and graphic designers. Last year there were new designs adorning the whole city, from the outskirts to its most popular areas. The stretch of Calle Alcalá between Cibeles and Puerta de Alcalá was covered with lights that were reminiscent of a star-filled sky, and Calle Serrano donned lights representing a variety of different materials to pay tribute to Madrid’s most fashion-conscious street.

Sky-scraping Christmas trees are put up around the city, in places like Puerta del Sol, Plaza San Juan de la Cruz and Plaza España, Red de San Luis (Gran Vía-Montera), Calle Fuencarral, Plaza de Callao and Plaza de Colón (Calle Génova)

2019-2020 Season: Enjoy the lights from 22 November to 6 January:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 6pm to 11pm
  • Thursday to Saturday and on the eve of public holidays: 6pm to 12 midnight
  • 25 December, 1 and 6 January: 6pm to 12 midnight
  • 24 December and 5 January: 6pm to 3am
  • 31 December: 6pm to 6am


    Make your way up to the observation deck of the former transmissions tower and enjoy a stunning view of the city.

    Take in the city's top sights on board our hop on hop off bus, equipped with audio guides in 14 languages.

    And exchange your 200 Welcome Puntos Madrid for fantastic spring plans.

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

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

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