Let’s toast to 2018! These are the events you can’t miss…


In Madrid from Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) until Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) the celebration and holiday activities continue. There are many cultural traditions that are available to you during this time. 2019 is around the corner and SmartInsiders is back to to tell you how to get the most out of your last moments in 2018.

The Cristal Palace 


Want to experience a huge party on the Madrid Río? On December 30th, an awesome chandelier will be hung next to the Puente del Rey creating a ballroom-like atmosphere. Suspended in the sky from the chandelier there will be a wind orchestra and a percussionist that will play above your heads!

On the ground two stages will be set up where musicians, actors, and actresses will invite you to dance to different genres of music. That’s not all! There will also be aerial acrobats performing and if you want to participate in the show there is a way.

The event has organized a flash mob that will be the finale of the evening. If you want to join in all you have to do is learn the dance steps here.

When: Sunday December 30th     WherePuente del Rey 28008

December 2018: San Silvestre Vallecana


Are you a runner? Want to start a healthy new year early? Well this is the best event to end the year!

This 10-kilometer run started in 1964 and was created by Antonio Adolfo Sabugueiro Fernández. Him and his friends started this tradition on New Year’s Eve and since then it has become one of the most famous races in the country.

You can join 40,000 people and say goodbye to 2018 in a healthy way. If you want take the first step and run you can register here.

When: Monday December 31st     WhereCalle Candilejas / Estadio de Vallecas 28018


New Year’s Eve in Puerta del Sol


Where is the most exciting place to be at Midnight on New Year’s Eve in Madrid? Puerta del Sol has a Times Square vibe but instead of a big ball there is an old fashioned clock. When the hands strike 12 everyone in the square take part in the eating of the grapes. This is one of the longest standing traditions and each grape represents luck in each month in the upcoming year. Each grape has to be eating with the twelve chimes of the clock so be prepared since this is not an easy task.

After Midnight everyone then proceeds to the many bars and clubs around the area. Don’t want to stay around Sol? No worries. The metro is close and will be running for some time before closing for the night.

Have other plans the 31st? Don’t worry because the night before (30th of December) there will be a rehearsal of the big night in the plaza. 🙂

When: Monday December 31st     WherePuerta del Sol

The Forest of Wishes


A Forest of Wishes can be found in Spain’s Royal Mail Headquarters (Real Casa de Correos). Visitors can write down their wishes on paper ornaments and hang them on branches of pine trees for good luck in the New Year.

The building will also have a beautiful Nativity scene with over 400 pieces displayed.

These two attractions are certainly a must-see during this time of year. Also, when you visit the Forest of Wishes you can also view a dome filled with wishing stars. Bring friends and family as a way to celebrate before the New Year.

When: Now until January 5th     WherePlaza Calle del Correo, 1 28013


Other December Events


Above all, the Christmas lights and markets around Madrid are a Christmas staple. From Plaza Mayor to Puerta de Alcala you will be able to get into the Christmas spirit by shopping for local Spanish goods while being awestruck by beautiful lights around the city. To get more information about markets and lights click below!

Christmas Markets



Christmas Lights


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