|The Christmas tree in Sol!|
Also, the city of Madrid does a FANTASTIC job on Christmas lights (economic crisis what?). Nearly every street in Madrid has a string of Christmas lights and no two streets are the same. One street may have holly and berries while the next has Christmas bulbs. Not to mention the GIANT Christmas trees throughout the city. I have counted 5 so far (Plaza España, Puerto del Sol, Grand Via, Callao and Atocha). All the trees are different, lit with different colors and designs. The lights are such a spectacle that there is something called the Navibus, a seasonal bus that runs from 6-10pm every night during Christmas time. It costs 2 euros and is a 50 minute bus tour through Madrid that highlights the best lighting displays. I hope they're using at least some green energy....
Madrid also has all of it's Christmas markets set up. In many of the major plazas, they have booths on booths set up next to each other selling everything from handcrafted jewelry to fresh mistletoe to those cheap-o gifts you should NEVER buy for your kids because it's just junk. These markets obviously attract a lot of people, so there are also a lot of food vendors, balloon salesmen, street performers, etc. Also, many Christmas markets are supplemented by a ice skating rink (sometimes real, sometimes synthetic ice) and/or a merry-go-round. Spaniards sure do know how to celebrate.
|Madness at the metro|
Well there is plenty more Christmas to come! Hopefully a Christmas cookie party will be happening this weekend among other holiday festivities. Merry Christmas everyone!