All About El Gordo: The Spanish Christmas Lottery Explained

With billions of euros handed out in prize money every year, the Spanish Christmas lottery is the biggest in the world. Walk through the center of Madrid—or any Spanish city or town—this time of year, and you’ll already start to see this beloved tradition come to life. Lines spill out of lottery booths and wind […]

How To Make The Most Of Winter in Madrid

Winter in Madrid is magical. Just look at those holiday lights!

This blog post was originally posted on November 7, 2013 and was updated on October 25, 2018. Forget the mental image you may have of warm, summer days in Spain—it’s time to embrace the holiday spirit and winter festivities! Yes, you’ll need a winter coat, but no worries—temperatures here are quite mild compared to northern Europe, […]

Four Great Christmas Markets in Madrid in 2019

Our favorite part of experiencing winter in Madrid: the festive Christmas markets!

This blog post was originally published on December 16, 2015 and was updated on November 12, 2019. It’s the most wonderful time of the year here in Madrid! It goes without saying that Christmastime here in Madrid brings an unforgettable sensation of holiday magic, and nowhere does that feel more present than at one of […]

Madrid at Christmas: What to See, Do, Buy and Eat

One of the most delicious Christmas traditions in Madrid? Enjoying some tasty roscón de reyes, eaten on El Día de Los Reyes Magos!

This blog post was originally posted on December 5, 2014 and was updated on October 11, 2018. The halls have been decked and the bells are jingling. Christmas has arrived in Madrid! Madrid at Christmas is a true winter wonderland. You’ve got all the fairytale magic of winter in Europe, but with a unique Spanish […]

Top 5 Spanish Christmas Sweets and Where to Find Them in Madrid

Turrón is one of the most delicious Spanish Christmas sweets!

This blog post was originally posted on December 4, 2012 and was updated on November 13, 2017. It is officially Christmastime in Spain! Walk through any market or peer into any bakery, and you’ll find a special variety of treats that Spaniards crave during the holidays. We can’t live without these top Spanish Christmas sweets—and we bet […]

Los Reyes Magos: The Spanish Christmas Tradition

One of the most delicious Christmas traditions in Madrid? Enjoying some tasty roscón de reyes, eaten on El Día de Los Reyes Magos!

This blog post was originally posted on December 28, 2012 and was updated on November 9, 2017. Christmas may have come and gone, but many kids here in Spain are still eagerly awaiting their presents. That’s because it is not Santa Claus who brings them gifts on Christmas Day. The tradition here in Spain is that Los […]

Our Favorite Christmas Traditions in Madrid

The Spanish Christmas lottery is one of the most popular authentic holiday traditions in the country. Who will be the lucky winner?

This blog post was originally posted on November 12, 2013 and was updated on November 7, 2017. Christmas is blooming across Madrid. Roasted chestnut stands are popping up in plazas. Giant strings of lights are being draped across avenues. Supermarket aisles are glistening with the shiny gold wrappers of Christmas turrón. While Santa statues and […]