The smell of roasted chestnuts and chocolate with churros starts spreading all over Madrid this time of year. Visiting the capital city these days is a unique experience, as the city atmosphere changes drastically. The young and not so young can find illusion on every corner. One of the best things you can do in Madrid at Christmas is discovering the lights that embellish the city.

You can walk along Alcala street under its wonderful lights or watch Puerta de Alcalá shining as one of the most beautiful landmarks. Gran Vía is also a charming and lively place and this year, a giant Christmas ball stands in front of the Metrópolis building. The 12-metre ball offers a light and music sync show, playing merry Christmas carols three times a day.

Plaza Mayor is also beautifully decorated with lamps that look like big candles on every façade. The traditional Christmas market lures thousands of people to the square, looking for figures for their cribs or for a perfect accessory to welcome the new year. There are also other smaller markets, like the one in Santo Domingo square. Near there, in Puerta del Sol, you can admire one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in Madrid. Still downtown, Preciados street is also carefully decorated, astonishing passers-by.

In addition to all the bulbs that light the centre, several Christmas trees have been put up all over the city. You can find them in Atocha, Plaza de Castilla, Paseo del Prado, Cardenal Cisneros, Plaza de Oriente, Ópera, Arturo Soria and Madrid Río.

Besides, Madrid’s Christmas decorations incorporate this year light mangers. You can enjoy these displays in Puerta de Alcalá, Puerta Toledo, Príncipe Pío, Segovia Street and Plaza Mayor. This is undoubtedly a great time to walk around Madrid!

But of you don’t feel like walking, there are special two-decker buses going over Madrid in search of the most beautiful Christmas lights.