A lesson in lights


Last year at Christmastime I barely scratched the surface of Madrid’s Christmas lights. Between wrapping up school and work and literally wrapping up presents for the family, I didn’t get much further than Gran Vía. This year, however, I made a point to go out and seek out more of Madrid’s Christmas spirit.



This first night Andres and I ventured out proved to be a Christmas Light Fail. We were wound our way along Gran Vía to Sol, with the goal of taking pictures next to Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada’s now-iconic Christmas tree. However, this was during the December puente and a every single tourist had the same idea. A sea of cranky kids rode our heels, crazed shoppers banged their perfect gifts against our shins, and starry-eyed window-gazers of every age brought traffic to a standstill.

A slightly pained, take-my-photo-quick smile

Last night we ventured out again, with much better results. This time I wasn’t afraid for my camera’s life this time, and took plenty o’ shots on our paseo, which started in the Plaza de Callao and ended at the Puerta de Alcalá.

Gran Vía

Gran Vía; second time’s a charm

Looking toward the Puerta de Alcalá from Calle Atocha


Light show at the Palacio de Cibeles

By the Banco de España metro station

Puerta de Alcalá

Puerta de Alcalá, flip side

Puerta de Alcalá

The Madrid Christmas Light bus makes a stop in front of the Palacio de Cibeles

If you’d like to see more pictures of Madrid’s Christmas light displays, head on over to Lauren’s blog, where she’s documented tons of  holiday shimmer.

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  1. Beautiful pictures Cassandra! Thanks for the mention and Merry Christmas!!!

  2. Cassandra

    Felices fiestas to you, too, Lauren–enjoy your time in Cádiz!

  3. I love your caption for that one photo, “take-my-photo-quick smile.” I do that a lot.

    Great photos, again. Lauren’s are pretty good too 🙂

  4. Cassandra

    Haha, thanks Kaley! Hope your first Madrid Xmas is going splendidly, too 🙂

  5. Looks like a beautiful time of year to be in Madrid!

  6. Gorgeous photos! I miss those views. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Cassandra

    Aw, thanks guys!

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