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Almost without realising, summer is over and we are dressing up in scary costumes to celebrate Halloween and suddenly it’s almost Christmas. November has arrived and the streets light up to welcome Santa Claus in the most important time of year for shops, families, gatherings and reunions…Everything is important at Christmas and it has now arrived.
Madrid really enjoys Christmas. It seems like a different city, even more beautiful if that’s even possible. There are lights on all the streets, warmth in all of its spaces, smiles everywhere, chestnut sellers on the streets bringing a bit of warmth and traditional smells and a never-ending list of events that allow you to experience a unique and magnificent holiday from now onwards.
However, if Christmas is notorious for something, that’s shopping and you can enjoy some great shopping in Madrid. The shops get ready to show their autumn-winter collections and traditional shopping areas like Milla de Oro (Salamanca district) or the popular Malasaña district are now ready to offer the best. What is your style? A more classic and elegant style with a fashionable touch? Then Serrano and its nearby streets are the place for you. Here you will find the most prestigious fashion brands like Loewe and Louis Vuitton that will give unique prestige and elegance to your shopping stroll. They mix together with other more affordable brands without giving up a single bit of elegance and style to improvisation. Lagasca, Hermosilla, Ayala, Claudio Coello… these are magical streets that are waiting for you with unique fashion items so you can stand out from the rest while generating a unique shopping experience.
If you have a more alternative and hipster style, Madrid is also the place for you. Head to Malasaña, a district that has reinvented itself and that is currently enjoying its highest degree of popularity. It has shops with treasures that you would never have imagined design their window displays and care for every single little detail in order to capture your attention so that your style is unique. Also, don’t forget about areas open to diversity like Callao, where you will find everything you are looking for.
But is Madrid only about fashion? Not by any means. Christmas gets to every single corner of the city. You will always need a bite to eat during your shopping route and what better than a traditional afternoon snack like chocolate con churros (hot chocolate with churros) or a complete meal with Madrid’s famous stew, known as cocido? The latter includes three servings and for sure you will need a siesta after it, something that will no doubt be easier with the Christmas carols in the background.
No matter what your style is, Christmas is here and you will have everything you need in Madrid. Don’t hesitate and come and spend it with us. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Madrid does not ever seem to go on holiday, even when most people seem to be enjoying one, which means that the city never stops. However, when things go back to normal in September, the new cultural and leisure programmes regenerate, offering exhibitions and activities that you must not miss starting in late August or early September. Art, in any of its expressions, is a reference in Madrid at any time of year, and these dates are a must if you want to make your return to work a little lighter or even make your holidays better if you are lucky enough to still be enjoying them.
1950s New York can be enjoyed until September 26th at Galería Bernal Espacio thanks to the photographs of the time taken by photo artist Vivian Maier. She was unknown until four years ago, when collector John Maloof discovered her work at an auction and acquired a few film rolls that still had not been developed. He had planned to use them for a private project but when he saw what they contained, he did not hesitate publish this artist’s work. Maier never developed her film rolls and since she did not have any family, her work never saw the light. She was a solitary nanny who was hiding a huge treasure.
Can you imagine travelling on a real journey on an early-20th-century train from Madrid to Aranjuez? You can actually do this thanks to the legendary Strawberry Train, El Tren de la Fresa. It leaves the Railway Museum, the Museo del Ferrocarril, at 10.00am and returns from Aranjuez at 6.00pm. The price includes the historical value of travelling on such a machine, and it costs 29.90€ for adults and 14.95€ for children.
However, to immerse yourself in the picturesque world of trains you do not necessarily need to board one, since you can discover it at the Railway Museum itself, in the heart of the Arganzuela district. Located in the old Delicias station, which reminisces of the old steelwork stations like Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris, it contains an interesting collection of old locomotives.
If Madrid can boast about something is about having the best artistic and cultural offer in the whole of Spain and one of the best in the world. Its museums are known worldwide and they receive thousands of visitors, the three best of which are known as the Art Triangle (or Golden Triangle). The Art Triangle is made up by the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía museums, stunning museums with the best collections and exhibitions just yards from each other.