There are many holidays, enlivening the streets of Madrid but none of them adorns the city as a whole like Christmas. Multicolored festive illuminations decorate the city from November 24th to January 6th. The streets, squares, and houses are illuminated with millions of light bulbs that meet the most stringent environmental and energy efficiency requirements. Famous designers, architects, and graphic designers work on the creation of Christmas illumination in the city, which can be called a "light fashion show."
Plaza Mayor Square hosts the most famous Christmas market in Madrid, where you can buy handmade gifts, decorations, and a Christmas tree with garlands. Designer and craft fairs are held there on public holidays.
Many churches and cultural centres show models of nativity scenes: from the beginning of the journey of Mary and Joseph to the worship of the Magi. In the shopping centre El Corte Inglés, the royal pages and Papa Noel (Spanish Santa Claus) are waiting for letters from children. At the entrance to the El Corte Inglés shopping centre on Maestro Victoria Street, you can see the Cortylandia show.
The city opens ice skating rinks and traditional carousels for the whole family (in the Plaza Oriente and Santa Cruz). In the cultural centres of Conde Duque and CentroCentro, as well as in most of the capital's theatres, there are numerous performances for children (fairy tales, puppet shows, concerts). Since 2012, the Royal Theater hosts one of the main Christmas events in Spain—the Christmas Festive Lottery on the morning of December 22nd.