What's on this Christmas

  • Luces navideñas en El Retiro 2021 © Madrid Destino Álvaro López del Cerro

From the world-renowned Christmas lottery known as El Gordo (22 December), the Three Kings Parade (5 January), gigantic nativity scenes and ice skating rinks to markets, concerts and shows for the whole family, Madrid knows how to celebrate Christmas in style. Check out our selection of all the best events taking place this year, and don’t forget to take a stroll through the city to enjoy the wonderful display of twinkling lights.


The light experience reopens its doors with a new installation that brings you on a journey to the heart of nature and the origin of living beings (Royal Botanic Gardens. 14 Nov-15 Jan). Tickets now on sale


Enjoy the largest Christmas theme park in Spain, which has been declared of regional tourist interest in the first European Capital of Christmas (Torrejón de Ardoz. 18 Nov-6 Jan).

Enjoy Christmas in Madrid with this giant ice rink in an unparalleled setting (Glass Gallery, Cibeles Palace. 17 Dec-9 Jan).


A must visit for stocking up on Christmas paraphernalia including toys and figurines for the traditional nativity scenes (Plaza Mayor. 25 Nov-31 Dec).

Tour the city centre and enjoy the Christmas lights on board an open-top festive bus (25 November to 6 January. Tickets may only be purchased from the official website).

After its reopening, the Plaza de España will be home an ice skating rink (Plaza de España. 25 Nov-8 Jan).

Latest edition of the most important fair promoting regional arts and crafts (Paseo de Recoletos. 1-30 December 2022).

A traditional music show with animated figures to celebrate Christmas (El Corte Inglés Preciados – Callao. 24 Nov-5 Jan 2023). 

Nearly 30 stalls selling crafts, sweets, mulled wine, tombola and many original gifts (Saint George’s Church. 10 December).

Coming soon

Major Christmas themed park that brings together many activities in Madrid’s largest urban park (Casa de Campo Park. 16 Dec-8 Jan).

Madrid will once again ring out the old and ring in the new with Spain's largest athletics event: a 10K fun run and a 10K professional race (31 December). Register now !

See out the year eating twelve grapes to the chimes of the Puerta del Sol clock (31 December 2022. From 09:30 pm).

The Three Kings will parade around the city centre before taking gifts to families across the country (5 January 2023). 


Productores de Sonrisas is back with a new show for all the family, with unbelievable acrobatics that take spectators to the enigmatic world of Asia (IFEMA MADRID. 18 Nov-15 Jan).

Coming soon

The Madrid Players is proud to produce this brilliant and funny pantomime which is sure to be a delight for all members of the family (Teatro del Colegio Mayor Elías Ahúja. 9-11 December).


Multi-faceted artist Carla Pulpó is once again playing this classic Christmas character who is back with another adventure (Gran Carpa Cometa. Tuesday to Sunday. 19 Nov-15 Jan).


The classic Christmas production has become a not to be missed event in Madrid’s Christmas (Teatro Circo Price. 25 Nov-7 Jan). Tickets on sale on 20 October

A very special Christmas recital with a performance by the renowned soprano, Marina Rebeka, who will perform works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Massenet and Verdi (Teatro Real. 29 November).

Another edition of this not to be missed musical event that brings together several of the best international ensembles in this genre (Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa. 1-11 December).

Farrau directs the first flamenco musical for this Christmas, featuring the Farrucos family (Teatro Rialto. 12 and 19 December).

The ideal place to buy Christmas gifts and special décor items (IFEMA MADRID. 14-18 December 2022).

A day of dreams and hopes, announcing the winner of the most popular lottery in Spain (Teatro Real. 22 December).

A Christmas show for all the family that runs through the great moments of the history of rock (WiZink Center. 7 January 2023).


An observation deck offering wonderful vistas of the city.

Visit our online store (in Spanish) of souvenirs made by local artisans!

Hop on board the city's official sightseeing bus!

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