Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year, when the family gets together, visits the traditional markets, enjoys the Christmas atmosphere and opens many gifts. There are more and more leisure alternatives for these dates and among them are the theme parks that have proliferated in recent years, especially in Madrid.
In these Christmas Parks, the options are almost endless: light displays, markets to buy Christmas items, ice rinks for skating, attractions for children, shows of all kinds and settings to get the best family photos. They open from Monday to Friday, except on holidays, when night falls, and in several of them there are restaurant areas.
This park is a unique opportunity to live an immersive experience in a natural space with spectacular Christmas lighting. It was born in the Botanical Garden of Madrid, but this year it was moved to the Enrique Tierno Galván park. In addition, it can be enjoyed in Barcelona (Jardines de Torre Girona), Tenerife (Jardines de Palmetum de Santa Cruz) and Bilbao (Mirado de Artxanda). Also in two of the main European capitals such as Rome and Paris.
Each of the shows are different, but in all of them you can enjoy “a night walk in a natural environment where life lights up and the visitor becomes the protagonist. Embarking on this adventure invites you to discover a rich biodiversity in a show suitable for all audiences and full of surprises,” they indicate on the website.
Hours: until January 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prices: from 13 to 20 euros, varies between the different parks and days.
The Spring of Dreams – The Origin of Christmas (Madrid)
In this Christmas park two kingdoms coexist. In the Fairy Fairy, where the protagonist is Hontana, the beings are unique and wonderful. In the Elves’ house is So-and-So, and he has the keys to all the doors of the children’s houses to fulfill his best wishes and make them smile every Christmas. There are shows, a royal camp, a Christmas geyser, a fairy walk, the elf maze, a parade, ice skating and slides, Santa Claus and Christmas photocalls to immortalize everyone.
Place: Alfonso XIII Royal Botanical Garden (University City). Hours: from November 30 to January 6 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prices: from 15 euros.
Christmas Day, Getafe
A theme park with attractions and children’s performances to enjoy with the family. Admission to the grounds and Santa’s house is free, but you have to pay to enjoy the ice rink, the sleighs or the tent with more than 90 attractions or a giant Ferris wheel. In addition, in the more than 25,000 square meters, there is also a hospitality area, a Christmas market or a train to discover Christmas Day.
Location: Getafe Fairgrounds. Hours: November 18 to January 7, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Prices: free.
Magical Christmas, Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid)
It was the first major Christmas theme park in Madrid and is declared a Festival of Tourist Interest for its quality, originality and heritage. Thus, Torrejón de Ardoz has become the European Christmas Capital for this 100,000 square meter space. It welcomes thousands of people every day in its streets, where you can enjoy the lantern festival, Christmas market, ice rink, ice sculpture exhibition, two ferris wheels, the largest Nativity scene in Spain, the only ice rink on a lake and much more. During the route (1km) there are themed areas, including a video mapping that is projected in the church of the Plaza Mayor.
Place: Torrejón de Ardoz Fairgrounds. Hours: from November 30 to January 7, from 5 p.m. to midnight. Prices: from 3 euros.
Brilla Madrid Zoo, Madrid
The Juan Carlos I Park shines in the Madrid night thanks to the more than 500 illuminated animal sculptures, some of them already extinct or fantastic. In total, more than 30 scenes that represent different moments of the animal world from around the world. The route measures more than 1 kilometer and includes a heated restaurant area and food trucks.
Place: Juan Carlos I Park. Hours: from November 23 to January 14, from 5:40 p.m. to 10 p.m. Prices: from 23 euros (group ticket).