What's on this Christmas

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From the world-renowned Christmas lottery known as El Gordo (22 December), the Three Kings Parade (5 January), gigantic nativity scenes and ice skating rinks to markets, concerts and shows for the whole family, Madrid knows how to celebrate Christmas in style. Check out our selection of all the best events taking place this year, and don’t forget to take a stroll through the city to enjoy the wonderful display of twinkling lights.

Please note that masks are compulsory indoors and recommended outdoors.

OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS FUN

A must visit for stocking up on Christmas paraphernalia including toys and figurines for the traditional nativity scenes (Plaza Mayor. November to December 2022).

A large ice rink to enjoy some special moments with figure skating exhibitions and ice sports (Matadero Madrid. December to January 2023).

Tour the city centre and enjoy the Christmas lights on board an open-top festive bus (November 26 2021 to 6 January 2022. Tickets may only be purchased from the official website).

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Interactive videomapping that will transform the front of Cibeles Palace into a monumental, animated, 3D Christmas card (Plaza de Cibeles - front of the Madrid City Hall building. 18 and 19 December).

Latest edition of the most important fair promoting regional arts and crafts (Paseo de Recoletos. December 2022).

A traditional music show with animated figures to celebrate Christmas (El Corte Inglés Preciados – Callao. December-January 2023). 

A unique opportunity to enjoy this most festive sport thanks to the skater Javier Fernández (Plaza de Colón. End of November to January 2023).

Discover the wonderful displays of nativity scenes dotted around the city (Various locations. Nov- Jan 2022).

Madrid will once again ring out the old and ring in the new with Spain's largest athletics event: a 10K fun run and a 10K professional race (31 December 2022).

See out the year eating twelve grapes to the chimes of the Puerta del Sol clock (31 December 2022. From 09:30 pm).

The Three Kings will parade around the city centre before taking gifts to families across the country (5 January 2023). 

INDOOR TREATS

Productores de Sonrisas is back on stage with El Sueño de Miliki, a new show designed for all the family (IFEMA MADRID. Till 30 January).

This is a new, revamped edition that is more personal and closer to the city, bringing together the best of the genre (Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa. December 2022).

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The ideal place to buy Christmas gifts and special décor items (IFEMA MADRID. 15-19 December).

Discover the wonderful displays of nativity scenes dotted around the city (Various locations. Nov- Jan 2022).

A day of dreams and hopes, announcing the winner of the most popular lottery in Spain (Teatro Real. 22 December).

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