The best nativity scenes to see and visit in Madrid at Christmas 2018 - 2019


Bethlehem in the Cibeles Palace in Madrid

Are you already looking forward to seeing one of the nativity scenes that are exposed in Madrid?

Without a doubt, one of the great attractions of the Christmas in Madrid are the nativity scenes that numerous public organizations, churches and cultural institutions ride during these dates.

In fact, they are traditionally visited by locals and visitors to the city.

Belén of the Convent of the Jerónimas Carboneras in Madrid

On your Christmas walk through the city center to see the christmas lights, visit the Christmas markets or if you havechildren, see, for example, the children's show ofCortylandia, I advise you to visit one of the traditional nativity scenes of Madrid.

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Where to see Christmas nativity scenes in Madrid

In addition, the vast majority of nativity scenes have free admission, although, yes, in the most popular, at certain times and on festive dates you will find queues to visit them.

Here you have information about where to see Christmas nativity scenes in Madrid, both in the center and in districts of the capital, of which we highlight the following.

Bethlehem of Cibeles

The nativity scene that rides the City of Madrid It is traditionally the most visited along with the Bethlehem of the Puerta del Sol.

Bethlehem of the Madrid City Council

This nativity scene is installed at the headquarters of theCibeles Palace, where nativity scenes of great historical value and artistic wealth have been seen in previous years.

Every year the town hall installs a popular nativity scene with 250 figures of the belenista craftsman José Luis Mayo made by the Association of Belenistas of Madrid, in which you can see the most common scenes, such as mystery, worship or horseback riding.

Opened coinciding with the December bridge. You can visit the Bethlehem of the Town Hall until January 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On December 24, 25, 31 and January 5, the nativity scene closes at 2 pm, and on January 1 and 6 it is closed for visits.

Bethlehem of the Sun

Without a doubt, the most prominent is the Belen of the Sun that every year installs the Madrid's community at its headquarters of the former Post House, which you can visit from December 11 to January 5.

With visiting hours from 10 a.m. to 9.30 p.m., this nativity scene has become the most visited in Madrid, with more than 100,000 visitors every year.

Belén de Sol installed by the Community of Madrid

Also installed by the Association of Belenistas, occupies about 150 square meters of the central courtyard of the headquarters of the Community in the Sun Gate and in it more than 500 figures are shown in various traditional scenes.

Every year on Bethlehem of the Sun It has a special theme, and this Christmas it has been designed under the motto The motto, source of life, and for this purpose a lake of four square meters has been built.

Here you have more information for visit the Bethlehem of the Puerta del Sol in Madrid.

Nativity scenes exhibitions in Madrid

To stand out as a novelty that in Cultural Center of the Villa Fernán Gómez, in the Columbus square, can visit The Bethlehem of the Clicks, made with figures of Playmobil, which you can visit until January 6, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In the Reader's House from Slaughterhouse Madrid From December 3 to January 5 you can visit ainternational nativity scene exhibition coming from theBasanta-Martín collection.

In total there are more than 2,500 figures that are part of some 200 belenistic sets with pieces from more than one hundred different countries.

With a ticket price of 5 euros, the hours are from 11 to 15 hours and from 17 to 21 hours, and on weekends, from 11 to 21 hours.

Bethlehem of San Ginés in Madrid

For its part, in the Madrid's royal palace you can see the one known as the Prince's Bethlehem, which consists of more than 200 Neapolitan figures.

You can visit until January 8 from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., as last access, and with free admission.

Other prominent nativity scenes in the center of Madrid are the Bethlehem of the church of San Ginés, in the Arenal street, a baroque mystery with large figures.

It opens on December 15 and can be visited until January 13 at times from 9 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm (Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 2 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm).

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And another is the Bethlehem of the Carboneras Convent (Miranda Square 3), with baroque figures Quito, which remains open until January 13, from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Sundays and holidays, the opening to the public is at 9.30 am.

Bethlehem of Jesus of Medinaceli in Madrid

To also highlight the Bethlehem of Jesus of Medinaceli (Jesus Square 2) which presents on the one hand a Baroque dressing room nativity scene life-size, and on the other, a popular nativity scene.

You can visit it from December 19 to January 10, with schedules from 7 to 13.30 hours and from 17 to 21 hours, and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 8.30 to 14 hours and from 17 to 21 hours.

As for outstanding nativity scenes what can you see in the surroundings of Madrid, Do you have the popular nativity scene of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, with life-size figures, almost living, which are distributed by streets and squares of the mountain town.

Living Bethlehem of Buitrago de Lozoya 2018

And, likewise, the already traditional Living Nativity Scene of Buitrago de Lozoya 2018, which this year is celebrated on December 16, 16, 22 and 23.

He Buitrago Bethlehem It is presented on a 1,300-meter route through the historic center of the town, where up to 40 scenes are distributed with crafts and work from the time of Jesus.

The visit is free, but with limited capacity to 4,000 people, so you have to previously pick up tickets for each pass from 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm.