Where: Various venues
When: On and around Dec 25
'Tis the season when everyone starts humming Christmas carols, coloured lights illuminate the city streets, and all the shops run out of wrapping paper. Christmas, loved and hated in equal measure, is one of the best times to visit Madrid. Ice rinks are set up in the city's squares, giant trees are adorned with ornaments, and stars twinkle all around. The atmosphere exudes joy, especially felt by children, who are already out of school on holiday.