We recently went on a weekend trip. My younger son asked to go “someplace Christmasy – like Vienna or Berlin”. We didn’t set out to dash those hopes, but in the end, we chose Madrid, Spain.

The Spanish capital wasn’t selected for its Christmas decorations, but we were pleasantly surprised that it was well decked out for the holidays.

The hectic Puerta del Sol had plenty of Christmas lights shining through the night.

Plaza Mayor was looking pretty Christmasy, too. There was no real Christmas tree, but one constructed of lights. There was even a Christmas market set out on the stunning square.

Madrid/K Sullivan

Wandering a little of the main town square, we even found mulled wine.

Although Madrid’s Christmas decorations are not yet rivaling Northern Europe’s spectacular displays, it was still nice to enjoy the decorations and to get into the holiday spirit in Spain’s capital.

So we did – surprisingly – enjoy a real Christmas spirit on the Iberian peninsula. Of course, also minus the sub-zero temperatures …

Madrid/K Sullivan
Madrid/K Sullivan