Date: 24 November to 31 December 2018
Location :- Plaza, Puerta del Sol
Hours: Mon-Thu: 10am-10pm, Fri-Sun: 10am-11pm
The Christmas market in Madrid starts in late November with an official opening early in December in the Plaza Mayor. The market is open from 10 am until 10 pm every day right through until early January, on the 5th,the day before Three Kings Day, there is the big parade in which the three kings ride into town and make their way down to Plaza Mayor.
The atmosphere of Christmas is highlighted by the twinkling lights and the wonderful nativity scenes in all of the museums and churches, with the most extravagant being the 18th century Neapolitan display in the Royal Palace. Madrid’s Christmas market has been going since 1860 and many of the stall holders still sell the traditional Belén nativity figures alongside fancy dress costumes, joke items and tinsel wigs ready for Fools’ Day on 28 December. Madrid has several temporary ice skating rinks around the city. You can find them in Plaza Callao and Plaza del Luna and City of Children in Conde Duque.
Madrid has a wonderful display of Christmas lights across the city, one of the best spots to see the lights is the view from Plaza Cibeles looking up to Alcala. A great way to see Madrid’s Christmas activities is the “Navibus”, this bus takes you on a tour of all the Christmas lights throughout the city,a bus leaves every 5 to 7 minutes; the tour lasts about 45 to 50 minutes .
Look out for the great selection of Nativity scenes around the city, the Spanish love to make these scenes and will make them out of all kinds of materials. Churros and chocolate is always popular, but during Christmas it is a long running tradition and so popular that there may be long queues but well worth the wait!.
Christmas Carousel in Plaza de Santa Cruz – 5 to 31 December 2018
Christmas Carousel in Plaza de Oriente – 5 December to 7 January 2018
Three Kings Parade 2019 – 5th January -The most magical night of Christmas for everyone in Spain, especially children, is the evening of the 5th January, when the three Wise Men or Kings bring presents for everyone. Parade Route (from 6:30pm to 9pm approximately)
Paseo de la Castellana (Nuevos Ministerios corner of Pza. San Juan de la Cruz) – Paseo de la Castellana – Plaza del Doctor Gregorio Marañón – Paseo de la Castellana – Glorieta de Emilio Castelar – Paseo de la Castellana – Plaza de Colón – Paseo de Recoletos – Plaza de Cibeles (end of parade and firework show over the Cibeles Palace).
Information, dates and times courtesy of esmadrid.com
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.
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