As is now the tradition, Christmas in the Madrid capital invites us to enjoy a set and a wide variety of attractions for all its visitors and locals who pass through here on these dates that are so special for everyone.
The nativity scenes, the Christmas lighting, the opportunity to walk in the Naviluz, the markets, the ice rinks, the New Year’s chimes in Sol, the Three Kings Parade, are just some of the activities that can be done in Madrid in these dates.
Walk the streets of Madrid and enjoy the Christmas lights
Route through the Nativity Scenes ( Belenes) of Madrid
The capital has numerous births that are worth visiting.
The Bethlehem where you can always see continuous lines for almost all of Christmas is the one located in the Post Office, in Puerta del Sol, and you can visit it until January 8 and the hours are from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (December 24 and 31 and January 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
Another of the most popular is the one that can be seen in El Palacio de Cibeles. It is full of magical scenes, from the preparations for the trip of the Magi to Bethlehem following the star to the Annunciation and can be visited from November 24 to November 5. January with hours from Tuesday to Sunday between 10:10 a.m. and 7:40 p.m. (December 24, 25 and 31 and January 5 until 1:40 p.m., closed January 1 and Monday).
Some other notable nativity scenes ( Belenes) are the one in the Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Miguel or the living nativity scene in Puente de Toledo.
But also in Plaza España, very close to our Vitium Urban Suites, there is a Belen that you cannot miss.
See the Christmas Lights in Madrid
The switching on of the Christmas lights was officially inaugurated last Friday, November 25, and we can enjoy them until January 6, 2023.
As it is already a tradition, Christmas lighting is definitely the protagonist of the streets of Madrid, and it is another of the good excuses to walk during these dates through the squares and streets of the city center, and you can do this by staying very close in Vitium Urban Suites .
These lights will be turned on every day from 6:00 p.m. and ending at 12:00 a.m., on Fridays and Saturdays they extend it until 01:00 a.m.
There are some days that have extended hours:
- December 24 and January 5: from 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
- December 31: from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
This year 2022 we enjoy more than 230 installations decorated with led lights.
Also this year, the illumination of Plaza de España will once again be the protagonist, which has an ice rink, a giant nativity scene and a large Christmas tree decorated with balls and gifts.
We will have trees, balls, silhouettes among other varieties, the giant fir of Puerta del Sol stands out, with white and gold tones, 35 meters high.
In la Plaza de Colón the new figure of ten meters high that represents the silhouettes of Saint Joseph, the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus.
The spectacular sphere of light, which stands next to the Metropolis Building, at the intersection between Calle de Alcalá and Gran Vía. The ball weighs 7 tons, is 12 meters in diameter and has 43,000 LED lights.
On the other hand, the immense Menina Luminosa that is located on the Paseo del Prado, at the height of the Apollo fountain, between the Cibeles and Neptuno fountains.
As you will see, Christmas in Madrid does not have any kind of waste, in our next installment we will detail the Christmas markets in Madrid, another great plan that you cannot miss.