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New Year in Madrid

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New Year in Madrid

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Are there any special traditions and events in Madrid on Dec 31-Jan 1? I'm thinking of something like Times Square. How easy it is to participate in them (e.g., do I need to stake my spot at 3 in order to be able to see anything at midnight, etc.)?

Thank you.

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1. Re: New Year in Madrid

yes, in Puerta del Sol at midnight there will be lots of people celebrating. Tradition dictates that you should eat 12 grapes, one for each bell stroke at midnight from the Puerta del Sol's clock. People usually bring some cava (spanish version of champagne) and some food for the long waiting hours. It is usually pretty packed, but if you arrive at 9pm or so you'll be fine. Notice that Sol metro station will not work that night so you'll need to get out in another station and walk a bit. After that there will be fireworks and then lots of bars open around Puerta del Sol

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2. Re: New Year in Madrid

Thank you. Any other notable traditions, like caganes in Barcelona or special x-mas treats that are available this time of year?

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3. Re: New Year in Madrid

"You betcha" as we say in this part of the world. Turron is the candy...Two main varieties (blando/soft) and (duro/hard) a rather long-lasting tradition almond candy, For the Dia de los Reyes/Day of the Kings or Epiphany go to Casa Mira for the Rosca de Reyes, the traditional bread for Epiphany Jan. 6, the twelfth day of Christmas.

www.gomadrid.com/shopping/Casa-Mira.html

This is Casa Mira's own website with no mention of Rosca de Reyes, which surprises me.

http://www.casamira.es/14.html

Also, at this time of year (winter) you don't want to miss the experience of Spanish hot chocolate, which is nothing resembling the watery hot chocolate you get in most of the US. The classic spot is San Gines.

and it's the traditional late night drink..Chocolate y churros. Yummy! Hours 6 pm - 7 am

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187514-d1…

Edited: 19 December 2013, 21:55
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4. Re: New Year in Madrid

Don't expect much activity in the streets and bars before 12pm. Everyone celebrates New Year with their families at home with a special evening meal. They eat the grapes at the stroke of 12 and then go out for the rest of the night. The streets will be jammed with cars by 00.15.

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5. Re: New Year in Madrid

Roscón de Reyes

http://www.casamira.es/17.html

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