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Are you planning to spend the last night of the year in the capital of Spain? New Year’s Eve in Madrid is a magical experience that combines the excitement of bidding farewell to the old year with the joy of welcoming the new one. The entire city dresses up for this special occasion, and here we will tell you how to make the most of this festive night.

Start with the San Silvestre Vallecana

If you are a sports enthusiast and want to end the year with energy, the San Silvestre Vallecana is the perfect choice. This iconic sports event brings together runners from all parts of the country, including some from abroad, to traverse the streets of Madrid in an exciting race. Join the fun and feel the adrenaline as you cover the most famous 10 kilometers of the city while bidding farewell to the old year.

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Where to have the New Year’s Eve grapes in Madrid

The Spanish tradition of eating grapes on New Year’s Eve is a unique experience that you can’t miss in Madrid. Thousands of locals and tourists from other places bid farewell together each year in the iconic Puerta del Sol square to participate in this celebration. In order to organize the crowd properly and avoid unnecessary risks, the City Council of Madrid organizes an extensive operation on this night:

  • Access: To reach Puerta del Sol, you must enter through the streets Mayor, Arenal, Alcalá, and Carrera de San Jerónimo, where you will have to pass through the controls set up by the local police at each of these points. In addition, there will be pre-filters on these same streets, 50 meters before the entrance to the square. The rest of the accesses to Puerta del Sol will remain closed.
  • Capacity: To ensure the safety of attendees and facilitate the evacuation of the square in case of an emergency, the capacity has been set at 7,500 people. In addition to access controls, the police will use drones to count the number of people in the square.

Where to have dinner on New Year’s Eve in Madrid

Gastronomy is an essential part of New Year’s Eve celebrations. If you live in Madrid and plan to have dinner at home, you have that part covered. However, if you’re going to spend these special days touring the capital, you’ll appreciate knowing that Madrid offers a wide range of options for dinner to welcome the new year in the best way possible. From budget-friendly menus, some even below 100, to gourmet experiences for the most discerning palates, there’s something for everyone.

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Restaurants under 100 euros

  • If you enjoy Thai cuisine, Oam Thong, located at Corazón de María 7, is your perfect choice for this New Year’s Eve, thanks to its menu featuring an appetizer, 3 dishes, cava, and grapes for only 40 euros.
  • A bit more will be the cost for dinner at The Knife, although it includes a DJ, party favors, and an incredible atmosphere before and after the grapes. This chain has several restaurants throughout the capital, and you can book dinner with the party favors for just under 80 euros.

Restaurants between 100 and 200 euros

If you don’t mind paying a bit more, the options for New Year’s Eve dinner expand, and they may include party favors, shows, a party, and even an open bar. For example, at Enigmatium, humor and mystery take center stage at the New Year’s Eve dinner; for 140 euros, you can enjoy not only dinner but also the show and an open bar.

If you’re looking for something for the whole family, your choice is undoubtedly Las doce campanadas, a space specialized in this night of the year, with different entertainment options for all ages and a price around 130 euros.

Restaurants over 200 euros

You won’t have trouble finding options above 200 euros per person, ensuring you a luxurious night to bid farewell to the year in the company of your family and friends. A classic in the capital is the Hotel Orfila, where the New Year’s Eve menu is curated by the famous chef Mario Sandoval. Another gastronomic option of great luxury is the Goya restaurant in the prestigious Ritz hotel, which, for an approximate price of 730 euros per person, offers a tasting dinner, drinks with a designation of origin, and party favors.

Nightclubs with New Year’s Eve Parties in Madrid

If you prefer to bid farewell to the year with music and dance, Madrid boasts a vibrant and diverse nightclub scene that hosts exciting New Year’s Eve parties. Dance until the early hours with friends and strangers alike while enjoying the beats of renowned DJs at some of the city’s most popular venues.

  • Kapital: starting from 60 euros
  • Shoko: starting from 50 euros
  • Fabrik: starting from 30 euros
  • Shangai Club: starting from 18 euros

If you’re one of the brave souls who can last until sunrise, there’s nothing more classic than having chocolate with churros for breakfast at San Ginés or any open café in the city center in the early hours of January 1st.

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What to do on New Year’s Eve in Madrid with kids?

Madrid is a family-friendly destination par excellence, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. If you’re traveling with children, you’ll find a wide variety of activities and events suitable for the whole family. From fireworks shows to theme parks, there are plenty of options to keep the little ones entertained while awaiting the arrival of the new year.

One of the most successful options is the dinner and party at Real Café Bernabeu, where in addition to dining while overlooking the field where their favorite players have played throughout the season, they will enjoy an incredible party with children’s entertainers, gifts, games, and sweets. A hit!

How does public transportation work in Madrid on the last night of the year?

To ensure that everyone can safely enjoy New Year’s Eve in Madrid, public transportation also adapts to this festive night with special schedules. For example, the metro will run until 1:30 AM (after the grapes), while the first metro on January 1st will depart from each line’s starting point at 7:00 AM. However, keep in mind that the Puerta del Sol stations will be closed from 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM for safety and capacity reasons.

Gran Gala Flamenco: Your alternative plan to welcome the New Year

If you want to welcome the new year in an alternative way, we have a plan you’ll love: the Gran Gala Flamenco show offers two special performances in the capital, one on December 24th and another on January 1st, in a show never seen before in the capital of Spain.

Gran Gala Flamenco Madrid

While flamenco is a well-known art form in Madrid, on this occasion, the typical flamenco venues make way for grand stages. Reserve your tickets for the EDP Gran Vía theater and come enjoy a flamenco ballet show that will leave you speechless, becoming the best way to celebrate the Christmas season in Madrid.

Si bien el flamenco es un arte muy conocido en Madrid, en esta ocasión los tablaos típicos dejan paso a los grandes escenarios: reserva tus entradas para el teatro EDP Gran Vía y ven a disfrutar de un espectáculo de ballet flamenco que te dejará con la boca abierta y que se convertirá en la mejor forma de celebrar la Navidad madrileña.

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