2018 is on its way & Madrid city is getting ready for celebrating the New Year’s Eve. The night will be jam-packed with cava, dancing & people trying to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds. We bring you top ideas on how you can celebrate your New Year’s Eve in Madrid:
Eating grapes at Sol
So this is the most famous way to celebrate the New Year in Madrid. Eating 12 grapes, one for each gong at midnight. They believe that if you manage to eat the dozen grapes in time, you’ll receive good luck and prosperity for the year ahead. It takes place every year in Puerta del Sol. The whole New Year’s countdown and the fireworks that follow are broadcast live on television across the whole of Spain.
If you can’t be at Puerta del Sol on New Year’s Eve or want to be there twice, on 30 December there’ll be a rehearsal – same time (midnight), same place.
We will advice you to arrive there by 21:40h because so many people will be attending this event. Layer up because you will get cold standing for that long. And the most important safety rules that are don’t bring in glass, bottles, banners, sticks, among other objects because your stuff will be checked before entering.
And for the 30th December, you don’t eat grapes you can pick from any other fruit or something sweet. Save the grapes for the 31st of December. It’s bad luck to eat them on the 30th of December that’s all no drama.
For more information about this event, esmadrid.com.
Rent a pub for your own private party
Don’t want to go in a big crowd? There are several places in the city centre that you can rent with your friends & have a private party of your own. Some pubs offer that option for you if you have a big group of people you can pay starting price 30€ each to rent the whole place plus alcohol included. Of course you can ask for some discounts as well, depending on the number of people.
Dinner with family
Start the año nuevo with your loved ones. Get all lazy & comfy and spent some family time. Cook a big traditional family dinner. With lots of restaurants closing for the night, you can enjoy a meal at home before heading out after midnight to bars and clubs to continue the celebrations. Don´t forget to eat a turrón after your meal (if you have any doubt about Spanish Christmas Sweets, read our Encyclopedia).
Head out to big parties
Dress up & get ready to party hard. Teatro Kapital, Joy Eslava, Opium are some of the clubs that host special parties for New Years. Most of the clubs in Madrid hosts parties that you should definitely book in advance, so it’s worth doing a bit of research before you go.
Explore New Years Markets & stuff yourself
There are so many mercados going on for Christmas & New years. You can take a walk & explore these markets, these markets also offer variety of quality food. Also, you can explore handicrafts that can serve as excellent presents for your family & friend.
Information about some of the markets you can check out.
Whatever time you decide to head out from a club or a pub or even if you are just feeling a wee bit peckish you can always go to Chocolatería San Ginés to get a hot cup of chocolate & freshly made churros. Chocolatería San Ginés is open 24 hours, some churros will sober you up & give you the energy to continue partying.
Let’s not forget to be careful with our belongings may it be big crowds, clubs or any private party.