Schmidt Christmas Market Present: Christmas In Madrid
Schmidt Christmas Market is proud to present another one of our famous Christmas travel specials. If you have yet to see the wondrous vistas offered by the beautiful coasts not far off Madrid, there are plenty of things for you to see inside the city limits. If you've never been to Madrid before, it is one of the oldest cities in Europe, so it has quite a bit of history to show you.
Take a walk through some of the alleyways and the city's winding streets or spend a night out on the town enjoying the local nightlife. Regardless of what you would like to do while you are abroad, you can enjoy it while you are in Madrid.
The country of Spain has numerous cities that are worth visiting, but the most popular of them all is the country's capital. Madrid is known throughout the world for the bullfighting and the running of the bulls that happens there annually.
Not everyone knows more about the city's other festivities that occurred during the holiday season. If you have not been and have not had the chance to check all of these attractions out, it is definitely somewhere worth putting on the top of your to-do list to visit the next time you decide to take a vacation over the holidays.
Top Eight Christmas Vacation Ideas For Travelers In Madrid This Holiday Season
We have organized the top eight Christmas vacation spots for tourists that are unfamiliar with Madrid. See if you can cross off as many of them as you can before it is time to go home. It is not every day that you get a chance to travel to a foreign country so you should make the most of it while you have the opportunity. So with that stated, let's get to it.
Gran Vía Skyscraper Christmas Lights
Christmas decorations galore is what you will see as you wander down the sprawling street called Gran Via.
It is a tradition in the local community to stream brilliant Christmas light displays through the air over the streets, so it acts kind of like a mystical night sky glittering above you when you are driving underneath them.
If you are a fan of the holiday spirit and cannot wait to hang up Christmas lights your selves these will surely astonish you. Do not forget to take some pictures; they will be worth it for the memories alone.
Plaza Mayor Madrid Christmas Market
Throughout many of the older cities found in ancient Europe, there were marketplaces where vendors would gather during special times of year to exchange and barter their wares. This tradition is still kept alive among some of the Christmas markets dotted along the streets in Madrid.
This is similar to the ones that are so famous in Germany, but they are likely less developed. The biggest one of them all is held in Plaza Mayor. You will be able to find any kind of Christmas decorations that you can think of if you go and check out that place.
The Comunidad De Madrid’s Artisan Market
If you want something that has been handcrafted by a local artist and this is the place to go and find it. You will find some of the most impressive pieces of art that you have ever seen in person, and if you go at the right time of year, you will even get to see the artists in action.
La Puerta Del Sol, Central Plaza
Christmas Decor is featured on display throughout the city but few places as prominently as it is in the city's grandest Central Plaza. The name of this majestic place is La Puerta del Sol. During the Christmas months of the year, there is an incredible 114 feet tall golden Christmas tree.
It is paid for by a national lottery organization to promote the Christmas spirit. If you want to be stunned with some of the world's coolest Christmas trees, you will find them here.
There is even more than Christmas Decor to dazzle families during Christmas time thanks to Cortylandia. This is a locally produced animated show full of different puppets similar to Sesame Street or the Muppets in the United States.
The entire show is only 15 minutes long, and it runs during the day, and during the night, so you will always have a chance to check it out. It is kind of like a foreign version of some of your favorite Christmas classics produced by Disney. Definitely worth checking out for all of those film and pop culture aficionados out there.
Visit One Of The City's Many Ice Skating Rings
If you want to get a little physical activity and enjoy the holiday spirit, the ice-skating rings in La Plaza De Orientate have one of the most fantastic ice skating rinks right in front of the Teatro real. Every year during the Christmas months, Madrid's city puts op multiple ice-skating creeks outdoors throughout the city.
It is one of the most majestic ways to get lost in the spirit of the season this year when you are traveling in Madrid you can rent your own skate shoes, so you do not have to purchase them or invest a ton of money to try this activity out.
It does not take very long and is something great to pass the time in between two other activities scheduled for your visit. Few experiences will top the one you have while celebrating this Christmas season under the night sky while ice-skating in Madrid. It will almost seem like something out of a dream entirely.
Sample Some Local Cuisine
Of course, every single place that you visited over the holiday season will have its own local traditions. Madrid is the same as any other city in this respect. One of the most popular snacks that are sold throughout Madrid is called a for a treat; these are better known as roasted chestnuts for American travelers.
There are also plenty of different local churros with chocolate, a dessert that is enjoyed throughout the year in this part of the world. It is seen more frequently during the winter months because they are warm and fluffy, delightful when it is snowing outside.
You can always try the churros out on their own. Without chocolate, you are in for a sweet likely reminiscent of a deep-fried cinnamon roll. While these may not be the most nutritious snacks that you eat when you are on vacation, everyone deserves to treat themselves once in a while in life, right?
Puerta Del Sol
New Year’s Eve Party
Of course, one of the primary tourist attractions for anyone visiting Madrid over Christmas or the holiday season will always be the New York Eve Christmas party that is held in the city's biggest Plaza, La Plaza del Sol. Located throughout the town are plenty of different local attractions or places to enjoy the nightlife.
The ball drops at midnight in la Plaza del Sol for one of the world's most righteous New Year's Eve parties. There is no better place to celebrate the dawn of a new year when you are in Madrid then down on the streets of la Plaza del Sol. It is a New Year's Eve party that you do not want to miss if you can help it.
Written by Hedi Schreiber for Schmidt Christmas Market.