A highlight of the holiday season in every city are the decorations and the opening of Christmas spectacles. There is often one particular night on which the Christmas lights collectively are being turned on accompanied by the opening of Christmas markets.
Like in other countries of southern Europe such as Portugal and Italy the nativity scene is of great importance in Spain. If you rent Madrid apartments you will have the opportunity to see various models of the nativity scene throughout the city.
The Christmas Markets in Madrid
The most known Christmas market in Madrid is the one at Plaza Mayor. Here you can get figurines for your nativity scene, a Christmas tree and all its decorations.
One some of the main squares you can find ice-skating rinks. Another highlight this year is the Christmas tree at Puerta del Sol which doesn’t resemble your traditional Christmas tree.
It was designed by Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and her approach and interpretation are rather contemporary.
A big part of the Christmas traditions in Madrid is Cortylandia. The department store Corte Inglés de Preciados sets up this big Christmas scenario with singing puppets and figures at its main entrance.
Each year there is a different theme and this year’s theme is dedicated to the character that is representative for the children’s segment of the store, Pitiflú. It is the most visited spectacle during the holidays and especially children enjoy it.
After the holiday feasts there is also an opportunity to run off some pounds in a race that has won great significance over the years.
Social Events in Madrid
On December 31st many people participate in the San Silvestre Vallecana, a 10km race that is open to everyone.
However, with the growing popularity there are now two different races: A fun run for amateurs and an elite race for more professional runners.
If you are looking for apartments in Madrid make sure you stay until after January 5th to see the parade in honor of the arrival of the 3 kings and don’t forget to try some of the treats that are typical for this holiday in Spain such as roscón de reyes , turrón or polvorones.