Christmas in Madrid for all the Family

November 22, 2023 | Blog, Holidays & Travel

Will you be spending the run up to Christmas in Madrid this year? Are you wondering if there are any traditional British festivities on offer? Are you hoping to join in with some traditional Spanish activities? Are you looking for an unusual/traditional/jokey Christmas present? Want to know which are the best Christmas markets? Interested in seeing the Christmas lights? If you answered yes to any of the above then read on for our top picks of family activities in the hectic run up to Christmas.

Wreath-making Workshops

“Jump into the fall season at our Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop! Come join us for a night of crafting and DIY fun! A wreath is a perfect way to greet your guests and get into the holiday spirit! They smell so good! We will provide all of the tools and materials, come alone or bring some friends.. You don’t want to miss this event!”

Soho Art Madrid are running workshops to make Christmas wreaths – 45€ per person, including materials, drinks and tapas! This is a very popular workshop and places are limited so be sure to book as early as possible.

WHEN: 24 November until 17 December

WHERE: Calle Don Pedro, 20, Local D, 28005


Plaza Mayor Christmas Market

Iconic Plaza Mayor is home to the capital’s longest running traditional Christmas market. From elaborate Christmas ornaments to delicious artisan food, and quirky handmade gifts, there are a tremendous variety of products on offer, in a classically festive setting. Organised by the Plaza Mayor Christmas Market Association, this hundred-year-old fair is one of the city’s most beloved traditions.

WHEN: 24 November until 31 December
Monday to Thursday & Sunday 10am to 9pm
Friday, Saturday & the eve of holidays10am to 10pm

WHERE: Plaza Mayor, 28012


Circo Price at Christmas

Circo Price this Christmas presents La Casa del Árbol, an endearing and fun performance suitable for children of all ages. The Christmas show has been entertaining families in Madrid for several years and each year, it surprises with a new production. This year the Price becomes a giant tree where Sarah and Jose invite their imaginary friends to show them how Christmas is experienced in their countries. From Japan to Mexico, from South Africa to Madrid, Sarah and Jose will experience the celebration of life that travels the planet… without leaving the treehouse.

WHEN: 24 November until 6 January

WHERE: Teatro Circo Price, Ronda de Atocha, 35, 28012
Metro: Embajadores (L3, L5), Estación del Arte (formerly Atocha) (L1), Lavapiés (L3)


Charity Christmas Bazaar, British Ladies Association Madrid

Enjoy a traditional British Christmas Bazaar organised by the British Ladies Association of Madrid. Sample delicious baked goods, find original handicrafts and surprising little treasures on the White Elephant Stall. Also clothes stalls, toys and tombola. Refreshments will also be available. All proceeds go directly to the NGOs supported by the British Ladies Association of Madrid.

Admission: Adults 4€ / Children under 12 free

WHEN: Sunday 26 November 12.00-18.00

WHERE: Paseo de la Habana, 73
Metro: Colombia


Saint George’s Christmas Fair

Saint George’s Anglican Church, with a strong international, multicultural and missionary community, is located in the barrio of Salamanca.  Saint George’s brings British Christmas tradition to the Spanish capital for a day at their British Christmas Fair, which will be set up on their parish premises on the corner of Hermosilla and Núñez de Balboa streets, in the Salamanca neighbourhood.

Join them this year for some traditional Christmas cheer, find handmade Christmas gifts for all the family, enjoy the bake sale, and try your luck on the tombola stall. With around 30 stalls set up inside the church premises, the market will include products that are usually found at an English Christmas Market, such as Christmas decorations, handicrafts, chocolates and English food that is traditionally eaten at this time of the year. You can also try mulled wineor hot spiced wine, accompanied by a turkey sandwich and some home-made mince pies and cakes.

WHEN: 16 December 11am – 8pm

WHERE: Calle Núñez de Balboa, 43
Metro: Velázquez


Snow White – A Pantomine

Join Snow White and the Madrid Players this December on a magical journey of jokes, songs and fun theatre for all the family.

When the Magic Mirror tells her that Snow White is now the fairest in the land, the Wicked Queen is furious. Can the dwarfs and forest animals come to Snow White’s rescue? Will the Queen’s henchmen do as she ordered? And does our Dame, Tia Maria, finally find someone to drink cocktails with?

The Madrid Players is an amateur English‑language theatre group based in Madrid, founded over 50 years ago. There are over 130 members from many different backgrounds, mostly from English‑speaking countries, but they also have Spanish members. Members act, sing, dance, get involved in stage management, costumes, scenery, lights, sound, hair and makeup.

Buy tickets here

WHEN: Friday 15, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December

WHERE: Teatro Salesianos Estrecho – Colegio San Juan Bautista, C/ Francos Rodriguez, 5
Metro: Estrecho


Naviluz Christmas Bus Tour

Madrid’s Christmas lights have been designed by a series of celebrated Spanish artists and designers, who have festooned the city with everything from chandelier-inspired light sculptures to minimalist conical Christmas trees. Wander the streets at your leisure, or, to get to grips with the sheer volume of sparkling lights, hop on the Naviluz open top bus. A relatively recent addition to Madrid’s festive circuit is the rather novel dedicated Christmas Bus, offering a high-spirited tour of the spectacular Christmas lights until 7 January. The 45-minute ride starts and finishes at Plaza de Colón, and takes you on a tour of Madrid’s main streets and most magical light displays.

Photo: Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Tickets available online

WHEN: Every day between 26 November and 7 January except 24 & 31 December & 5 January

WHERE: Departs from C/ Felipe IV, between the Goya door of Museo del Prado and the service door of Hotel Ritz


Read more Christmas articles on MumAbroad Life:

Christmas in Barcelona for all the Family

Christmastime Up North in Italy: Some Local Traditions

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