Come and experience the magic of Christmas lights in Madrid, find out when they are switched on and the best places in the city to see them.
The deep-rooted tradition of illuminating the city during the festive season brings a unique charm and warmth, making Madrid a must-see destination during the winter. Madrid's Christmas lights are switched on from the end of November until the beginning of January - read on for all the details!
When are the Christmas lights in Madrid switched on?
Madrid's Christmas lights are a spectacle not to be missed, and the city makes sure that everyone gets the chance to enjoy them. At the end of November, on the eve of Black Friday, the city lights up with the festive glow of lights. This display will continue until 7 January 2024, ensuring that everyone can see them well into the New Year.
Here is the schedule to see the Christmas lights in Madrid:
- Sunday to Thursday: 18:00 to 00:00
- Fridays and Saturdays: 18:00 to 01:00
- 24 December and 5 January: from 18:00 to 03:00
- 31 December: from 18:00 to 06:00
The Christmas lights switch-on in Madrid is a celebration that officially marks the start of the Madrid festivities. ¡So make sure you’re there when Madrid lights up!
Where to enjoy the Christmas lights in Madrid
Madrid's cityscape is transformed into a dazzling spectacle during the festive season, and there are several places you can't miss.
Starting with Gran Vía, known as Madrid's "Broadway". This bustling street is always a sight to behold, but it comes especially alive during Christmas. Here the lights are extravagant, illuminating the grand architecture and the street full of shops.
Next up is Puerta del Sol, the heart of Madrid. This square's famous clock tower is adorned with lights and serves as the epicentre of the city's New Year's Eve celebrations.
The Plaza Mayor takes on an even greater charm at Christmas. This historic square is decked out in thousands of lights and hosts one of Madrid's most popular Christmas markets.
A particularly magical place to enjoy Madrid's Christmas lights is the Botanical Garden, which transforms into a winter wonderland with its light show called "Naturaleza Encendida" (Nature Lit), an immersive experience that will transport you through illuminated forests.
Finally, hop on the Naviluz Bus for a unique Christmas experience. This double-decker bus will take you around the illuminated areas of Madrid, allowing you to see all the Christmas splendour from the comfort of your seat.
Experience Madrid's Christmas lights at Hotel Único
After a magical day exploring Madrid's Christmas lights, there's no better place to relax than Hotel Único Madrid. This 5-star hotel in Madrid offers the perfect accommodation for your Christmas adventures in the city. Explore our gastronomic options, do your Christmas shopping on the elegant Calle Serrano and enjoy a relaxing experience in our wellness area.
With a privileged location in Madrid, our hotel is the ideal place to get into the Christmas spirit. You can also celebrate New Year's Eve in luxury at a New Year's Eve Party with live music and fine dining.
Discover the New Year's Eve menu signed by the 2 Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa, an exclusive multi-course menu that will awaken your senses.