Spending the winter holidays away from home for the first time can be intimidating. You’re away from your family, you might never have experienced cold weather — or maybe you’re just confused on where to buy a Christmas tree! Luckily, we’re here to help you out and make your holiday season in Madrid the best one yet.
1. Did someone say Christmas Markets?
(We did!) From the end of November to the end of December, Plaza Mayor has one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe. For a full month, you can enjoy over 100 log cabins of people selling anything Christmas-y. From the lights and decorations to the multitude of people basking in the Christmas spirit, this is one event you’ll be “Fa la la la” fawning over.
2. Light up your night with the city’s decorations
Madrid has many things to offer, and one of them is the mere beautiful, unique sights the city has to offer. Imagine those views…but illuminated by hundreds of Christmas lights! The last Friday of November is the kickoff for this event; the Madrid Christmas Light Walk is one of the most important holiday features of Spain’s wonderful capital. Check the full list of Light Walks HERE.
3. Tree Time
Ok, we can’t forget the most important part of Christmas (besides the hot chocolate) (and just about everything else): the Christmas Tree! And since you won’t be home to buy a Christmas tree at your usual site, let us help you out! Here’s a list of top places to buy a Christmas Tree in Madrid, so you’ll have something to show off in your window this year.
4. Holiday Treats
No matter how far away you are from your roots, great food will make you feel right at home. This Christmas–after chugging back hot cocoa–make sure to try these three traditional Spanish Christmas desserts:
5. New Year, New Grapes (Huh?)
We can’t forget about New Year’s! One of the best festivals in Madrid is New Year’s Eve; in the Puerta del Sol, you’ll be eating 12 grapes (one for every bell “ding!” that strikes at midnight). Weird as the tradition may sound, eating the grapes in time will earn you a year of luck, prosperity, happiness, etc. for the next year. Don’t miss out on this Spanish tradition, even if you don’t like grapes…
6. Vacation Time
One of the best things about being in Europe is the accessibility of other countries–want to spend Christmas in one city and then New Year’s in another? Sure thing! If you’re itching to travel around Europe this winter (after getting in the Madrid holiday spirit and stuffing your face with sweets, of course), you’re in luck! Check out Be Madrid’s Eurotrips, as we travel all over Europe and see the sights that each country has to offer.
From all of us, Happy (early) Holidays!!! Ho ho hope you’re as excited for winter as we are.